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Preserving Our Communities

by Erlinda Aguiar My experience has shown me that a community is an interactive group where its members have an impact on each other and that the diversity of its members only contributes to make the community better.  I hope … more

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A Reflection on Place, History, and Resilience

by Diane Husic Recently, I took refuge from work to visit the former site of Bethlehem Steel. This may seem like a strange place for a retreat, but when your work involves ecological restoration of contaminated sites and adaptation to … more

Posted in Adaptive Reuse, Air, Arts & Culture, Biodiversity, Building Community, Climate, Community – Empowerment, Diversity & Heritage, Historic Preservation, Quality of Life, Resilience, Stewardship, Voices of the Valley, Waste, Water & Watersheds |

The Need for Equitable and Inclusive Development

by Ce-Ce Gerlach The soul and very foundation of municipalities is not the buildings — it’s the people. Development should benefit everyone, not just a handful of the well connected and wealthy developers. It’s time that we shift away from … more

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Social Research Social Justice: The Wide Variety of Presentations in 2016

By Molly Majewicz The Social Research Social Justice Annual Conference, held this year on April 8th, began in 2003 at Muhlenberg College in a collaborative effort between the faculty and students. The goal, as Muhlenberg’s website states, is to “create … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Asia, Building Community, Collaborative Efforts, Community – Empowerment, Democracy, Discrimination, Diversity & Heritage, Economic Justice, Human Rights, Media |

Envision LV – Community Development

Community development is often bundled with economic development, but it is focused on the people and a sense of community, rather than the economic impacts of buildings & jobs and the like. Use the comments feature on this page to … more

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Contribute Your Ideas to the Envision LV Plan!

This is not an official Envision LV page, but we want to provide a way for you to access the draft plans they are creating and comment on what they got right and what’s missing. The following is from a … more

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SouthSide’s Community Maze Garden

Many residents of and visitors to SouthSide Bethlehem have come to take the Maze Garden for granted. Following is a fascinating history of this unique space, prepared by John Pettegrew of Lehigh University. The Maze Garden (1996 – 2013) November … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Arts & Culture, Building Community, Climate & Sustainability Education, Community Gardening, Composting, Diversity & Heritage, Food for Health, Local Food, Poverty, Quality of Life, Re-skilling, Schools & Learning, Stewardship, Youth Development |

Community Engagement

Here are some initial thoughts on the community engagement process: Government agencies frequently accept public comment on proposed plans or projects, but the primary purpose is often only to fulfill a legal requirement. Members of the community often do not … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Building Community, Community Rights, Diversity & Heritage, Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, Historic Preservation, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth |

Our Cultural Infrastructure

This network of artists and small-to-medium sized non-profit organizations has evolved, not out of direct commercial interest, but as means of serving the diverse cultural needs of the regional audience. Its existence is organic, shaped directly by its place of … more

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