Editor’s Field Reports

Map showing vacant lots in Flint, Michigan

Not Giving Up on Flint — Part I

This is the hard reality of Flint, Michigan, today. Population falling from 195,000 in 1970 to 117,000 in 2006. Abandoned housing units since 1970: 31,200. A staggering 32 percent of all residential parcels in Flint are abandoned. Can anything be done?

front page of old edition of Pithole Daily Record newspaper

Where America’s Oil Industry Was Born

I walked along Oil Creek in Titusville, Pennsylvania, on a sunny afternoon. But if you could find a time machine and go back 150 years, 4 months, and 22 days (that is, to August 27, 1859), you’d be with Colonel Edwin L. Drake as he struck oil right here for the first commercially drilled oil well in the United States.

the word "Diversity" on a road sign

Leadership for Diversity

Two leaders in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, speak of how diversity can lead to a healthier regional economy.

Windham Regional Commission planners

Wrestling a Yankee

No, I’m not encouraging Red Sox fans to take down Derek Jeter! What I’m talking about is Tom Buchanan, a member of the Windham Regional Commission, and his encounters with the Entergy Company, owners of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant.

The PCJ Across the USA ... and Home Again

The PCJ Across the USA … and Home Again

PCJ Editor Wayne Senville is back from his six week trip across the USA on Route 50. All of Senville’s more than 50 trip reports are posted on our companion Route 50 web blog.