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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - January 7, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania Alt00na mirror Copyright 2001 SUNDAY, JANUARY 7, 2001 newsstand IN SPORTS Vikings, Raiders advance in NFL playoffs IN LIFE lone Ranger' teaches values to kids First of four parts THE SPECTER OF SPRAWL Fifty years ago, the area around Plank Road was a muddy mess. Today, it's a tangle of concrete, neon and metal. GIRTH I NATION Some worry that unchecked expansion and development threatens our way of life Today Jan. 14 Jan. 21 Jan. 28 Our shrinking fi city Jjji uburbs Sprawl as a social phenomenon How Blair County grew, and how it's developed Life in the city versus life in the suburbs Arguments for and against smart growth In the past 50 years, Americans have fled our cities at an alarming pace, spreading out into what formerly were forests and farms, creating social and governmental headaches in the bustling areas moved to and the decaying ones they've left behind. With Altoona's population dipping below this year and suburban development reaching a fever pitch, there is growing concern that Blair County may be developing the early symptoms of a bad case of suburban sprawl. Stories by William Kibler Photos by Kelly Bennett Graphics by Tom Worthington II Layout and design by Ray Eckenrode For complete report, please see Pages SEEKING SHUSTER'S SEAT 9th keys: Unity and alliances BY WILLIAM KIBLER StaffWriter Franklin County is hoping for unity when it sets out to battle Blair County for the right to have one of its own carry the Republican flag in a special elec- tion this spring to replace Congressman Bud Shuster. Franklin already has five poten- tial Republican candidates, but its Republican chairman, Allen Twigg, wants to go to the ll-coun- ty district nomination meeting with just one. "It's kind of foolish to go in there with two or he said. Among the 11 district counties, Franklin has the most weight with 33 votes, and it can get maxi- mum leverage by tying it up in a single war club, Twigg said. Though most populous, Blair is second with 28, with delegate numbers based on votes cast for George W. Bush in November. ANALYSIS Blair has at least three Republicans interested in replac- ing Shuster. In Blair County, county Commissioner John Eichelberger holds the strongest cards amohg three Republican hopefuls, said longtime political observer Toni Healy, a Democrat. "The hand I'd rather have at'the poker table now belongs to John Healy said. As Blair County Republican chairman, Eichelberger can pick 28 delegates to the 11-county minicon- vention, which would have a total of 140 votes to choose the nominee. "That's a pretty good Healy said. If Eichelberger can cut a deal with Franklin County for its 33 delegates, he'd have it made. Please see AS COMING MONDAY Staff Writer Robert Igoe takes a look at how controversial lobbyist Ann Eppard is likely to fare in Washington when her Shuster longtime ally Bud Shuster retires. Eppard Blair's tourist dollars up; big jump forecast Officials believe the convention center will trigger significant increase of income. BY CRAIG WILLIAMS Staff Writer Blair County can't claim to be the cradle of the nation like Philadelphia. No major battles have been fought here like in Gettysburg. And the county doesn't have the attraction of nationally known baseball, hockey and football teams like Pittsburgh does. But even without such national- level attraction, Blair County's tourism appeal appears to be growing. A recent state tourism survey placed Blair squarely in the middle of all 67 counties in terms of the sales impact of tourist dollars brought into the region. According to the Department of Community and Economic Devel- opment study, more than million Please see A4 Tourism spending The amount visitors spent in area counties in 1999: Mirror graphic by Torn Worthington II MUMMY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 Lottery numbers, A2 Mix of sun, clouds, Forecast, B2 FURNITURE'S BIGGEST SALB EVEKJ NEW YEAR'S NOTHING TRL 2002! NO DOWN PAYMENT! NOJQNTHLY PAYMENTS! NO FINANCE STOREWIDE SAVINGS FRK TILL S002. SHOP TODAY NOON-4, MON.-FRI. 9-9 (Except Wednesday 9 am pm( QtOCAL A6 Hospitals A6 Obituaries A6 Opinion A7 Outdoors Scoreboard ft] UK I Astrograph i Movies Newsmakers B4 i Puzzles Strange Brew B5 j Travel C9 i Stocks E2.3 C8 CDs.Mutuals E4 i HcussnD i L D3 i D4 j Couples Q2 D6 Yesteryear Q3
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