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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - January 21, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania 2001 SUNDAY, JANUARY 21, 2001 newsstand IN SPORTS Hollidaysburg girls defeat Altoona, 40-34 IN LIFE Altoonan leads Penn State's Dance Team George W. Bush takes the oath of office from Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist Saturday. Bush's wife, Laura, holds the Bible as daughter Jenna watch- es. See more coverage on Pages Bl, B3. THE INAUGURATION OF THE 43RD PRESIDENT GE-KRGE w. BUSH Tears well as Bush is sworn in The Associated Press BY SANDRA SOBIBRAJ The Associated Press WASHINGTON George W. Bush was determined not to cry. It was p.m. Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist asked if he was ready. "I am, sir." And the tears he had dreaded, like the drizzle that never quite burst into rain, welled in his eyes but did not spill over. With that, Bush, his hand on the Bible first used by George Washington and later by another George Bush, swore to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." The namesake of the fonner president faced not his father whose sight at that poignant moment, the younger Bush had openly worried, would reduce him to President Clinton, whose impeachment Bush used as a campaign issue, and Vice President Gore, whose attempts at vote recounts Bush had squashed in no lower than the U.S. Supreme Court. Bush's first act as president was to pump Rehnquist's hand. He kissed his wife, Laura, and held her briefly. He kissed their beaming twin daughters, his hand in "Jenna's blonde hair before reaching for Barbara. Please see A12 Third of four parts THE SPECTER OF SPRAWL The open, uniquely spaced lots of this development near Duncansvllle are a far cry from the strict 25-foot lots that make up much of the residential development in Altoona. cityscapes As Blair grows, ways of life shift If there's a single characteristic of all suburban areas, it's that devel- opment there is designed to serve motorists rather than pedestrians. Smart-growth advocates say it gives suburban development its characteris- tic sterility and contributes to a whole slew of social problems. Others have no problems with the concept. They say it's the natural course of human expression to spread out and find some place to call your own. There are five traits of suburban development: Isolated housing tracts; isolated shopping areas; isolated busi- ness-employment areas; isolated health, government and learning insti- tutions; and highways connecting them all. In the book "Suburban smart-growth advocates Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk and Jeff Speck find fault with each: Housing subdivisions: Developers countrysides may call them villages or towns and try to create a rustic charm with their names, but it's phony, the authors say. Real towns are well-rounded and have more than just houses, they say. Shopping centers: They come in all sizes, from convenience store to full- scale mall, but almost aH of their cus- tomers drive to them, they're single- story and lack the housing and offices of traditional main-street business dis- tricts, the authors say. Office and business parks: The concept was a building isolated in the park, in nature, but they are more like- ly to be surrounded by highways. Institutions: Places like town halls and schools in traditional towns are community focal points, but it's hard- er for them to be in suburbia because no one can walk to them. Highways: Suburban residents spend too much time on them because they need to resort to them to get any- where they want to go. Of course, cities and towns have cor- responding areas to each. But instead of highways, city institutions are close enough to allow walking or short drir ves on smaller streets. As Blair County has grown and changed during the past 50 years, more and more people have fled the city life of Altoona and headed for the suburbs. They have varying views of the posi- tives and negatives of both lifestyles. For complete report, please see Pages A10-11 Stories by William Kibler Photos by Kelly Bennett Graphics by Tom Worthington II by Ray Eckenrode Our Jan. 7 Jan. 14 Today Jan. 28 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 r Seeking Battles are just starting in 9th With three months to fight, it's Republicans vs. Democrats, Eichelberger vs. Shuster, Blair vs. Franklin. BY WILLIAM KIBLER Staff Writer Three separate battles are shaping up within the war to replace U.S. Rep. Bud Shuster, R-9th District. The least immediate it's an inevitable Republican vs. Democrat. The intermediate one which could turn cooperative before it ever really becomes Blair County vs. Franklin County. ANALYSIS The hot battle is congressional hopeful John Eichelberger Jr. and his allies vs. the Shuster faction, which is touting Bud v Shuster's 40-year-old son Bill, a Blair ,'r County car dealer, as the successor to his; father in Congress. v Eichelberger, a Blair County commis-' sioner and head of the county's Republicans, suspects Bud Shuster's sur- prise retirement launched a plan to orches- trate his son's nomination by manipulat- ing delegate selection for the nomination conference. The Shusters and their ally, state Senate President Pro Tern Robert Jubelirer, R- Blair, said there's no such manipulation and that Bill Shuster is the best choice for this area. "We're at guns and said state Rep. Rick Geist, R-Altoona, a potential can- didate and Eichelberger friend who would be a peacemaker. Some experts have said the Eichelberger- Shuster clash could lead to Blair County losing an opportunity for its first congress- man since the early 1960s and even cost the which has 58 percent of the district's registered seat altogether. Please see A6 MUVRY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 I Lottery numbers, A2 WMFHOI Mix of sun, clouds, Forecast, B2 FlOfSE FlfSfNSTiJRE'S BSfSGESr SALE EVER! NEW YEAR'S NOTHNN TIL 2002! NO DOWN PAYMENT! NO MONTHLY PAYMfNTS! NO FINANCE CHARGES! STOREWIDE SAVINGS UP TO 50% OFF SHOP TODAY NOON-4, MON.-FRI. 9-9 (Encopl Wednesday 9 nm pm) D A13 Outdoors ......C9 Hospitals A13 I Scoreboard C8 Obituaries A13 i Opinion AS j i Astrograph D4 i Movies D3 B3 i Puzzles D4 B6 i Travel D6 Newsmakers World 41 Stocks E2.3 CDs, Mutuals E4 Couples 02 Yesteryear Cjjj