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06Jun

Foster Township Residents Hear More About Blight

Share List Foster Township officials continued the conversation about reducing blight during a short supervisors meeting Monday evening. Supervisor Chairman George Hocker took a few minutes to clarify for residents the new blight ordinance. He said that when a violation is found, the alleged violator will first receive a notice. That person will have five…

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22May

‘Building Capacity’ in Struggling Erie Neighborhoods

Share List Mayor Joe Schember’s administration wants to help struggling areas of the city that have traditionally lacked strong neighborhood organizations or where such groups need additional resources. ServErie’s ongoing efforts on the city’s east side are an example, and that approach will be a focus of a public meeting Tuesday evening. City officials and…

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May

Worried Your Bethlehem Neighborhood’s Going Downhill? City Has a Plan for That

Share List Bethlehem Mayor Bob Donchez believes that healthy neighborhoods are the backbone of a strong Bethlehem. His administration has taken a more aggressive approach to blighting properties in hopes of spurring action on them and he’s targeted individual neighborhoods he sees on the cusp of sliding in the wrong direction. Last week, the city released…

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May

Troubling Discovery: Survey Shows More Than Half of Altoona’s Low-to-Moderate Income Areas Need Repair

Share List A survey undertaken by the city planning office last summer involving examination of all 9,300 parcels in the low-to-moderate income areas of the city, showed that 20 buildings need to be demolished, 372 need to be rehabilitated and 4,881 — more than half — need to be repaired. “This map raises grave issues,” states…

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