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Renovate or Replace Community Schools?

The Pennsylvania Department of Education released a report titled Renovate or Replace? The case for restoring and
reusing older school buildings
. [PDF] Smart growth expert and report contributor Thomas Hylton said it was nearly a miracle to get all of the cabinet secretaries to approve the document. Walkability guru Dan Burden had this to say about the report:

This is an excellent report on how to restore and resplenish a community school, versus tear it down and move children into a mega school that is unwalkable, unhealthy, and cruel.

Tom Hylton worked on getting this process underway. On a more local level Tom got five members of the school board booted off when they planned on shutting down five of Pottstowns schools in order to build an 1800 student mega-box for elementary school age children. The new board supporting renovating the neighborhood schools came on with an 82% plurality vote.

I feel this report, and Tom in particular, deserve a national award for excellence.

Make it so.

I concur with Dan. By the way, Thomas Hylton also put together an excellent documentary called Save Our Land, Save Our Towns.

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  • John Z Wetmore March 1, 2008, 8:44 am

    The National Trust had a great report a few years ago, “Why Johnny Can’t Walk to School”. It’s online at:

    Dan Burden will be on satellite tv this week:

    Tuesday, March 4, The Universityhouse Channel will show Episode 14 of “Perils For Pedestrians”.

    Contents of Episode 14 (1997):
    —Dan Burden on Walkable Communities.
    —What is a Transportation Engineer?
    —Mark Fenton of Walking Magazine on the benefits of walking.
    —Walk Boston and pedestrian advocacy in Boston, Massachusetts.
    —America Walks: a national network of local advocacy groups.
    —Innovations in actuated pedestrian signals.

    DISH Network Channel 9411 — The Universityhouse Channel
    Tuesday — 9:30 PM Eastern, 6:30 Pacific

    Episode 14 is also available on Google Video:

    Note: Public access cable channels are showing different episodes than DISH Network.

    Thank you.

  • John Z Wetmore August 25, 2014, 8:11 pm

    “Perils For Pedestrians” Episode 14 is no longer available on Google Video. It is now located on YouTube at:

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