portion of George Inness painting, The Lackawanna Valley

For the Love of Steam

by PCJ Editor Wayne Senville, reporting from Scranton, Pennsylvania What, you’ve never heard of “Steamtown”? As you can see from the photo, it’s not about steam coming up out of the ground; it’s about steam…

Jim Brozena in Wilkes-Barre

Punching Through the Walls

by PCJ Editor Wayne Senville, reporting from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania “It took some convincing,” says Jim Brozena, but the Corps of Engineers agreed to punch two large “portals” through the massive flood control levee that separates…

Map showing vacant lots in Flint, Michigan

Not Giving Up on Flint — Part I

by PCJ Editor Wayne Senville, reporting from Flint, Michigan Doug Wieland, Executive Director of the Genesee County Land Bank, pulled out a sheet of paper and pushed it across the table towards me. This is…

Dodge City Places Its Bet

Dodge City Places Its Bet

Note from PCJ Editor Wayne Senville: Perhaps you’re planning on doing some gambling this New Years’ weekend … maybe even at the new casino in Dodge City, Kansas. I visited Dodge City in June 2007,…

map showing jurisdictions in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania

Who’s Planning?

by PCJ Editor Wayne Senville, reporting from Scranton, Pennsylvania In thinking about my visit to the Scranton / Wilkes-Barre region, I heard about a number of challenging land use and development issues. But one group…

portion of map of Keystone Innovation district in Meadville, Pennsylvania

College and Community

by PCJ Editor Wayne Senville, reporting from Meadville, Pennsylvania On the Allegheny College campus in Meadville, Pennsylvania. Too often these days, you hear about frictions between colleges and the communities they’re located in. But my…

Sitting on movable chairs

Please Be Seated!

From PCJ Editor Wayne Senville: We do it dozens of times a day. During nice weather, we often do it in the park. And we’re careful where we do it, often scouting out a location…

front page of old edition of Pithole Daily Record newspaper

Where America’s Oil Industry Was Born

Site of first American commercial oil well along Oil Creek in Titusville, Pennsylvania. by PCJ Editor Wayne Senville, reporting from Titusville and Warren, Pennsylvania I walked along Oil Creek in Titusville, Pennsylvania, on a sunny…

Nodes and squares in Troy plan

A Suburb Plans for Change

by PCJ Editor Wayne Senville, reporting from Troy, Michigan Troy, Michigan, is a spread out (6 x 6 mile), auto-oriented suburb (population 81,000) about 19 miles northwest of downtown Detroit. You’ll find many elements typical…

portion of map showing priority lakeshore projects in northwest Indiana

Planning for 46 Miles of Lakeshore

by PCJ Editor Wayne Senville, reporting from the lakeshore of northwestern Indiana Mt. Baldy dune formation along Lake Michigan in Northwestern Indiana The sign warned that it would be a strenuous climb. Could this really…

Piano Stairs

Piano Stairs

Note from PCJ Editor Wayne Senville: You might have noticed that we previously posted a note about the health benefits of using stairs. Then we came across a video that shows how using stairs can…