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In case you missed it: this week's good reads about Pennsylvania cities

A knockoff of Walker Evans' 1935 photograph from St. Michael’s Cemetery in south Bethlehem looking at the blast furnaces in the distance taken March 11, 2015.
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 Keystone Crossroads publishes a weekly roundup of links related to Pennsylvania cities. 

Happy Friday! Here's this week's roundup of recommended reading.

Capitol recap

Capitol Recap is our weekly look at how state government affects cities. This week: Pa.'s billion-dollar pension problem. (Did you know Pennsylvania's two statewide retirement systems for teachers and state workers are the second-worst funded in the country?)

Speaking of pensions... Pa. auditor general says Scranton will go bankrupt in 2-3 yearsif the lawmakers don't make state-level changes.

Pa lawmakers say property tax imbalances can be adjusted without changing the state constitution--for a price.

What does Gov. Tom Wolf's proposed budget mean for the average Pennsylvanian living in the Philadelphia area? Here are two scenarios.

Revitalization

We asked University of Scranton professor Meghan Ashlin Rich about her research on smallcity revitalization. She says big city solutions don't always work for small cities--but small cities have advantages, too

When is a revitalization project too ambitious? We compare some projects to... 3-in-1 bath products. 

Continue reading on Keystone Crossroads' website.

Kate Lao Shaffner was the Keystone Crossroads Reporter for WPSU-FM from 2014-2015. She reports on infrastructure, economic, legal, and financial issues in Pennsylvania with reporters from WHYY (Philadelphia), WITF (Harrisburg), and WESA (Pittsburgh).
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