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At a Crossroads

by Al Wurth The Lehigh Valley, like so many other regions, is at a crossroads. In choosing which path to take in regional planning, our choice is between business-as-usual, 20th century approaches, a path often characterized as “New Jersification”, and … more

Posted in Farmland Preservation, Land Use, Place & Infrastructure, Smart Growth, Sustainable Living, Transportation, Urban Ecology, Urban Planning, Voices of the Valley |

Regional Thinking Must Rely on Broad Community Involvement

by Deana Zosky and Steven Bliss Broad-based community participation is fundamental to Renew Lehigh Valley’s work. The organization seeks to draw on a range of perspectives in determining our overall direction and in developing our policy agenda. This collaborative leadership … more

Posted in Building Community, Environment & Ecosystems, Going Local vs. Globalization, Land Use, Place & Infrastructure, Smart Growth, Transportation, Urban Ecology, Urban Planning, Voices of the Valley |

Building a Local Living Economy

by Julie Thomases As part of the socially responsible business movement, the Sustainable Business Network of the Lehigh Valley was founded in 2006. SBNLV supports a triple bottom line of people, planet, and profit, considering the needs of all stakeholdersemployees, … more

Posted in Building Community, Economy, Business, & Money, Going Local vs. Globalization, Housing, Local Businesses, Local Food, Smart Growth, Sustainability & Business, Urban Ecology, Urban Planning, Voices of the Valley |

Renewing Pennsylvania

By Joyce Marin Over a year ago, the Brookings Report on Pennsylvania, “Back to Prosperity, A Competitive Agenda for Renewing Pennsylvania“, was published. It reported many serious challenges now facing our state: We are losing our young people ? the “brain … more