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Wed Oct 10, 2012, 01:23 PM

Why is PA. Legislature Making It Easier to Sell Public Parks? Phil Inquirer Editorial



"A proposal before the Pennsylvania legislature that would remove court oversight in some instances when municipal officials try to sell little-used public lands is belatedly getting well-deserved scrutiny from parks and conservation groups.

The Philadelphia Parks Alliance, representing hundreds of members, warns that the bill it's dubbed "cash for parks" would "make it easier for cash-strapped local governments to sell off land" that communities and park-friends groups worked hard to preserve and maintain.

...There's good reason to be concerned any time court oversight is removed from a government initiative, particularly when it involves selling municipal assets. That's why current state law provides what the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association describes as "long-standing rules that ensure government cannot sell parks and other green spaces if the lands provide a public benefit."

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