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Keystone Crossroads: Rust or Revival? explores the urgent challenges pressing upon Pennsylvania's cities. Four public media newsrooms are collaborating to report in depth on the root causes of our state's urban crisis -- and on possible solutions. Keystone Crossroads offers reports on radio, web, social media, television and newspapers, and through public events.Our partner stations are WHYY in Philadelphia, WPSU in State College and witf in Harrisburg. Read all of the partner stories here.Pittsburgh’s WQED joins the collaboration as an associate partner. Support for this project comes from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Nanticoke’s New Start: What Other PA Cities Can Learn From The First Poised To Exit Act 47

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Emily Previti
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WITF
The Nanticoke Bridge connects the city with the West Nanticoke section of Plymouth Township, Luzerne County, on the other side of the Susquehanna River.

After nine years of state intervention, Nanticoke’s got a balanced budget, most debts paid off and a full complement of financial management staff in place.

But it all happened at the expense of taxpayers and required changing the city’s form of government. 

A timely countywide property value reassessment — something out of Nanticoke’s direct control — was crucial, too.

And maintaining the newfound stability will require continued tax increases and keeping in place city management that until very recently was prone to a rapidly revolving door.

Read more of this report at the website of our partner Keystone Crossroads.