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Editorial: Cities keep fighting

Mayors of Harrisburg and York offered
state-of-the-city talks recently, and both Stephen Reed and John Brenner tried
to put the best face on their efforts to revitalize their respective cities.

Mayors of Harrisburg and York offered
state-of-the-city talks recently, and both Stephen Reed and John Brenner tried
to put the best face on their efforts to revitalize their respective cities.

And both have a lot to feel good about. Reed can point to
ongoing development close to the cluster of restaurants on Second and Third
streets downtown. He can point to the major redevelopment effort in midtown and
the continued push for new and rehabbed residential projects around the city.
He can point to Harrisburg
University.

Brenner has Sovereign Bank Stadium and the York Revolution
minor league baseball team, two new downtown residential projects and the
Northwest Triangle project.

All of that is the product of a lot of hard work by a lot of
people, and it’s all good news.

But it can’t hide the fact that cities across the state
remain in difficult situations. And the only real solutions – new rules for
taxation and sharing services, new ways to fund education, new incentives for
businesses to locate in cities – have to come from state government in
Harrisburg.

Keep the pressure on legislators to pass legislation that
will make it simpler to do business in Pennsylvania.
The recent measure that would consolidate tax collection is a good recent
example. Support the effort of groups such as 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania
and Pennsylvania Downtown Center,
whose missions involve advocating smart economic development focused on helping
our urban centers.

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