In case you missed it: This week’s best reads from Pennsylvania cities

     Independence Hall in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

    Independence Hall in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

    We the people…

    Enjoy your Independence Day holiday, and in the course of your own human events, be sure to enter the weekend with full knowledge of the latest news on Pennsylvania’s cities.

    …the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them

    The Pennsylvania House has rejected a proposal that could have opened state parks to private development, earning praise from environmental groups.

    This week we took a look at how cities are taking measures to protect their historic resources from disasters and flooding.

    The pursuit of happiness

    Happiness is a pleasant commute. Find your happiness here, in our map showing how Pennsylvanians across the state get to work.

    A program in the city of Reading is teaching kids about fixing bikes and the pleasure of reward for hard work.

    And here’s an article from Governing.com about how to set up bike share programs in smaller cities and towns

    Fireworks sales likely to establish record this Independence Day, according to the Altoona Mirror.

    A more perfect union

    Understaffed and facing hundreds of retirements, Pennsylvania State Police are seeking more funding.

    Here’s a look at whether home-buyer programs at Lancaster General Hospital and F&M College are a model or discriminatory, from LancasterOnline.

     We mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor

    A bill moving in the state legislature would reinstate a firearms law struck down a week ago by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

    Philly.com looks into how scores of homeless have come to live at Philly convention center.

    Officials in the city of Reading have decided against issuing municipal ID cards, according to the Reading Eagle.

    We the people

    And take a moment to tune in to your local NPR station on July 4th to hear the annual tradition of reporters and hosts reading the entire Declaration of Independence. A good reminder of where it all started.

     

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