MG 035 - Harrisburg Development Corporation Harristown Collection

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Scope and Content

Includes "The Harristown Project, Phase I," "Harristown, Phase Two," and "The Harristown Project," a complete description of the process, program and progress, 1979; correspondence and invitations concerning Strawberry Square, 1980; pamphlets advertising Downtown Harrisburg; copies of the "Speak Out" newsletter published by the Harristown Development Corporation, 1978-79; the "Overview" newsletter of the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Harrisburg, 1974-1983; and a publication with a Strawberry Square Directory and a reprint of a Paul Beers column, 1978, about Third and Walnut Streets.


Harrisburg by 1970 had fallen victim to urban malaise and the negative trends could no longer be ignored. A long-range downtown revitalization plan called Harristown was developed to address a 39 square block area in the heart of Harrisburg's downtown. It was based on a mixed-use planning concept that integrated retail, office, residential, parking, leisure time, hotel and transportation facilities designed to reverse Harrisburg's decline, reclaim a strong tax base and create a healthy economic and attractive environment.

Date(s): 1972-1983

Extent: 1 box, 8 folders, 11 entries