Transit needed to revive manufacturing

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Any plans for a manufacturing revival ("Made in Pennsylvania" and "Manufacturing Reborn?" Oct. 27 Forum) have to recognize a very important consideration. While the hope is that the jobs created will be high-skill and high-wage, in fact many, if not most, will start at $10 to $17 per hour, particularly to new recruits who will not be fully productive. Those wages won't allow people, particularly young recent graduates of two-year colleges, to buy automobiles just for home-to-work trips.

Therefore, the factories need to be built in "transit-friendly" development patterns where people can get to the jobs by bus. You cannot create a well-paid workforce if you cannot get them from their homes to the factory door. You also cannot sustain a community with half or more of the building plant taken up by parking spaces -- that's a lousy use of resources and a congestion generator.


North Side

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