Category Archives: Harrisburg / South Central

The Single Biggest Problem With the Harrisburg Draft Zoning Plan

There is a lot to like about the city of Harrisburg’s new draft zoning plan. Raised height limits, lowered parking requirements, ease of administration, and the expansion of the downtown. There is one problem though which overshadows all of the rest -The … More after the jump

Posted in Economic Development, Harrisburg / South Central, Land Use, Transportation

Harrisburg’s Draft Zoning Plan’s Best Changes

There is a renewed push in city hall to pass a significant zoning code overhaul and I am really happy to hear it. The current code, after being amended 31 times between it’s adoption in 1950 and now, was explained to be, by city planner Geoffrey Knight, appearing … More after the jump

Posted in Economic Development, Economy, Harrisburg / South Central, Land Use, Miscellany

Takeaways From the Harrisburg Area’s New Transportation Spending Plan

The Harrisburg Area Transportation Study Coordinating Committee’s list of approved projects were released last week. Major projects on the 2015-2018 TIP include, but are not limited to: • $146.5 million in roadway projects, including signal improvements, resurfacing and safety improvements  • $120.7 … More after the jump

Posted in Harrisburg / South Central, Transportation

This is Why Property Taxes Are Going Up in Camp Hill

In Camp Hill, property taxes may go up.  The district’s roughly $19.8 million proposed budget for the 2014-15 school year, which was reviewed by the school board on Monday, is about 10 percent greater than this year’s budget and contains a gap … More after the jump

Posted in Economic Development, Education, Environment, Harrisburg / South Central, Land Use, Transportation

Election Surprises Brewing in Central PA?

It’s probably been decades since Democrats held any of the 20-plus state House seats in south central PA other than the 3 that are based in the cities of Harrisburg, Lancaster and York. (One exception that I know of: Jeff … More after the jump

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Lesbian Couple Denied Family Discount at Sports Club

I’m always outraged at this sort of thing: When Michelle Gladfelter of Manchester Township applied for membership at a local sports club, she envisioned her family splashing around one of the three pools or sunning themselves on the 15 tree-lined … More after the jump

Posted in Civil Rights, Harrisburg / South Central, LGBT / Gay Rights Tagged

How 23 Year-Old John Campbell Can Save Harrisburg

Nate Berg introduces us to John Campbell, the 23-year-old college student who will try to rescue Harrisburg as the city’s new Treasurer:

Posted in Budget, Economy, Harrisburg / South Central

Eli Avila Is Still a Dick

Remember Eli “do-you-know-who-I-am-so-give-me-a-fresh-egg-sandwich” Avila? AKA the Secretary of Health who wanted a flak jacket and a badge that say Department of Health. We’d never have guessed it, but he turns out to be a real dick, says the Inquirer. “We have … More after the jump

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Harrisburg Files for Bankruptcy

Do the Wall Street wizards who engineered this disaster still get paid? I’m betting yes. The filing — which listed debts in excess of $400 million, largely associated with a failed trash incinerator — pitched the city into political confusion. … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Harrisburg / South Central Tagged

Harrisburg In Danger of Being Taken Over By State

If you think it’s poorly managed now, just wait ’til Corbett gets his hands on Harrisburg: This city of 50,000 may not be able to make a $3.3 million bond payment that is due to lenders by midweek. It’s part … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Harrisburg / South Central