In case you missed it: this week’s good reads about Pennsylvania’s urban issues

     Trivia: Sometimes there’s one house on the block that just screams out for attention.  Can you identify this city and landmark? (Lindsay Lazarski/WHYY)

    Trivia: Sometimes there’s one house on the block that just screams out for attention. Can you identify this city and landmark? (Lindsay Lazarski/WHYY)

    Here’s a list of recommended reading for your weekend:

     The midterm elections are over! But before we move on…

    Here’s what Tom Wolf’s victory means for education. 
     
    What does it take to get people to vote? Great weather and an unpopular incumbent weren’t enough. (Philly Mag)
     
    (But NPR reports being able to say you voted on Facebook might have made a difference.)
     
    “The people have spoken.” We took a look at the results of local ballot measures.
     
    In other news:
     

    For the Mantua neighborhood in West Philadelphia, revitalizing the neighborhood the “right” way means a lot of rezoning. (Keystone Edge)

     
    Johnstown’s Tribune-Democrat asked folks to weigh in on how the city is doing–and residents of all ages agreed.
     
    Next City takes a look at how the past and present of Chinese immigration are linked together by… a building.
     
    Also from Next City: Any conversation about “access” has to be about more than just transportation.
     
    WHYY/Keystone Crossroads’ Chris Satullo says the failed Philadelphia Gas Works deal is a classic example of how not to run a government.
     
    City of Reading suffers from low self-esteem.” The executive director of ReDesign Reading answered our “Five Questions with …” 
     
    We asked, “What do you want your Main Street to look like?”
    From the Baltimore Sun“A lottery. For poor people. For housing. Let that sink in.”
     
    More on affordable housing: are community land trusts an underutilized tool? (Next City)
     
    WHYY’s RadioTimes discussed Allentown’s comeback.
     
    The New York Times discussed a Poconos casino project–as a cautionary tale.
     
    From NPR’s series on US manufacturing: today, the real profit comes from the idea of what’s being manufactured, not the actual thing.
     
    The public radio family mourned the loss of Car Talk’s Tom Magliozzi this week.
     
    And, for fun:
     
    Happy 35th birthday, Morning Edition! Celebrate by listening to a roundup of its best bloopers.
     
    There’s a Tumblr for everything… including Philadelphia City Hall’s “parking lot.”

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