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The Week that Was: News and features around Harrisburg

Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse speaks during the official opening of a new city park, which once was a sinkhole-marred street.

The news came at us from all sides last week—Harrisburg city council, the school district, arts, business, etc. Did you miss any of our coverage? Don’t fret, as we have it all recapped below in one convenient place.

Environmental awareness and action will be front and center next week during “A Call for Climate Action: A Community Conversation” to be held at the Dixon University Center in Uptown Harrisburg. Find out more about this important event from our November magazine story.

Gamut Theatre opens “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” this weekend, the first major production in Gamut’s new theater season. Read our recent feature to find out how they’re approaching this venerable fable.

HACC will end its long-running “Live at Rose Lehrman” performing arts series. HACC said that it plans to shut down the 35-year-old series in March, citing decreased attendance and revenue. Our online story has the details.

Harrisburg introduced an ordinance last week that would allow greater housing density in residential neighborhoods. The city’s mayor said that he was proposing the change to help attract more residential development. Click here to read the details.

Harrisburg area home sales and prices in October were up substantially compared to a year ago, according to the Greater Harrisburg Association of Realtors. Read the latest data and the county-by-county breakdown here.

Harrisburg school district has completed an analysis of the 2019-20 budget it inherited from the prior administration, discovering a revenue shortfall of about $6.7 million. Get all the unpleasant details by reading our online story.

Open Stage this weekend opens “Who’s Holiday,” the first play to be staged in the newly reconstructed theater in downtown Harrisburg. For a preview of this very non-traditional holiday comedy, check out our recent theater feature.

Riverside Firehouse is expected to hit the market after City Council transferred the century-old station to the Harrisburg Redevelopment Authority. The authority would put the firehouse up for sale after consolidating two separate parcels. Read the details in our online story.

Sara Bozich has your plans for the weekend, which could include theater openings, a new brewery at Sip @ Soma and 3rd in the Burg, among a hundred or so other things to do. Visit her “Weekend Roundup” for the most complete event list in Harrisburg.

Seven Bridges Development has decided to delay an effort to rezone a swath of Midtown. The company said that they plan to engage with the community and return next year with a more detailed building proposal. Click here to read our online story.

Sinkhole-plagued S. 14th Street has gotten new life as a city park. This week, Harrisburg officials unveiled the South 14th Street Open Space, the culmination of a years-long effort to buy out homeowners and turn the area into green space. Read the details here.

Writeface is a local program that uses the power of the pen to help veterans tell their stories. Naturally, it was our story selection for Veteran’s Day. Click here to read about this important program.

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