Cracking the code
Thomas Hylton, Pennsylvania's most dogged champion in the fight against suburban sprawl, writes in today's Post-Gazette that the state's new Uniform Construction Code will remove many of the bureaucratic and economic hurdles to renovating older buildings. Previously, the state's mish-mash of local building codes favored the construction of new buildings over the redevelopment of older ones. In my opinion, this is one of the few things our friends in Harrisburg can be proud of doing this year.
As an aside, in a bit of shameless self-promotion, I touched briefly--very briefly--on this issue in my article about housing in Downtown Pittsburgh in the final issue of Pulp.