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Real estate

Letter: Property taxes chill Central Pennsylvania housing market

I read with great interest the recent article by Jim T. Ryan regarding the stymied housing market and its effect on manufacturing jobs in the commonwealth. (“Housing market still stymies related manufacturers,” Business Journal, April 1, 2011)
The biggest obstacle to overcome or rationalize when attempting to build or purchase a new home is the property tax associated with that purchase.

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Twilight for suburban sprawl in Central PA?

"Fast food and fast housing are shaped by one of modernism's core philosophies — the promise to make life better by making it easier. This powerful promise continues to capture the imagination of the majority of people, despite the mounting evidence of just how much harm it has wrought. ... Most of the development created by the fast-housing industry has resulted in environmentally unsustainable, culturally homogenous neighborhoods of single-family detached houses and strip retail...

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