Friday, September 02, 2005

Willow Grove -- what's the best outcome?

Right now, the fate of the Willow Grove airbase is unclear: it's no longer a federal military base but can keep its National Guard unit, but if the feds take their airplanes home, it's not clear what the reduced troops would do there. Today John Grogan argues that hanging onto this remnant may not be the best use of such prime state land. That notion reminded me of an article from earlier this summer that looked at how other regions have dealt with closing bases, and concluded that prudent development can result in an excellent long-term outcome (after some inevitable short-term adjustment pain). I hope that somebody is at least sketching out some ideas along those lines, even as they work to implement the National Guard possibilities meantime . . .


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