Playing for keeps in Reading
Published on May 11, 2018 with Keystone Edge.
2011 was a tough year for Pennsylvania’s fifth-largest city, but it also marked the beginning of a remarkable turnaround.
Following the 2010 census, the New York Times reported that Reading (the county seat of Berks County, about sixty miles northeast of Harrisburg) had a larger share of residents living in poverty than any other American city of 65,000 people or more.
A once-thriving recreation program withered, until this municipality of more than 87,000 people and 28 parks had only one active rec center with limited hours and zero playgrounds. Read more.