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America's Smaller Legacy Cities / Earthquake!

Written by Rich Copeland - Producer, WITF's Smart Talk | Sep 20, 2017 8:00 PM
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On the Thursday September 21st, 2017 edition of WITF's Smart Talk:

America's smaller cities face the same challenges as larger cities - unemployment, addiction, poverty, inequity - and they confront these issues with far less resources.

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy recently published a report that outlines strategies to jolt these smaller, community-based economies into prosperity.  These include cultivating effective leadership, expanding opportunities for low-income workers and encouraging public-private partnerships in approaching problem solving.  

The report cites the city of Lancaster as a success story for revitalizing its economy and says Lancaster could be a model for other smll cities.

Smart Talk will discuss the importance of these smaller "legacy cities" with Torey Hollingsworth of the Greater Ohio Policy Center, one of the co-authors of the report and Marshall Snively, President of the Lancaster City Alliance.

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Marshall Snively - President, Lancaster City Alliance & Executive Director, Lancaster Downtown Investment District / Torey Hollingsworth - Manager Of Research And Policy, Greater Ohio Policy Center

Also, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake rocked Mexico City on Tuesday; more than 200 people are confirmed dead.  We'll speak with Penn State professor of geosciences Dr. Charles Ammon about earthquake detection and safety.


- I live in Lancaster, and we have a real problem finding affordable housing for nurses, teachers, firefighters, etc. We have built or restored properties, so that we have a lot of luxury apartments in the downtown area, but not nearly enough housing for middle income folks, who would like to live near their work. The fantastic economic development has rather gentrified the city. Can we find a balance?     - Judy

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