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Smart Talk: PA's cities and Keystone Crossroads

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jun 23, 2014 6:29 AM

What to look for on Smart Talk Monday, June 23, 2014:

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Photo by Scott LaMar/WITF

Penn Square in Lancaster

Pennsylvania’s cities have been putting out distress signals for years, but sometimes it seems as if no one is listening.

That's one of the reasons that WITF and three other public media newsrooms across the state are launching Keystone Crossroads: Rust or Revival? -- a statewide initiative to report in depth on the root causes of Pennsylvania's urban crisis and on possible solutions.

The Keystone Crossroads project is being launched on Monday.  WITF's Multimedia News Director Tim Lambert, Project Editor Naomi Starobin, and Keystone Crossroads reporter Emily Previti appear on Smart Talk to discuss this important initiative.

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Emily Previti,Keystone Crossroads reporter and Tim Lambert, WITF's Multimedia News Director

Also, we'll hear from the front lines -- Pennsylvania Municipal League Executive Director Richard Schuettler and Lancaster Mayor Rick Gray appear to discuss the challenges cities are facing today.

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Lancaster Mayor Rick Gray and Pennsylvania Municipal League Executive Director Richard Schuettler

Among the issues to be addressed are a shortage of money, aging infrastructures, jobs, education, crime, structural problems, and tax policies.

There are success stories too -- cities that reinvigorated themselves with younger residents, new industries, the arts, entertainment, restaurants, and by making themselves walkable.

What urban issues would you like to see addressed?

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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-06-23 08:34

    Thomas from Manheim Twp:

    to the mayor,

    have you ever thought of selling off the water/sewer systems to a publicly traded corporation like aqua america? the city would get an up front payment, and be relieved of maintaining an aging system.

    thank you.