Thomas Hylton, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and renowned advocate for "smart growth" will speak 7 p.m. Nov. 26 at the Macungie Institute, Main Street, Macungie.
The public and local government officials are invited.
Hylton will speak about the principles and methods of "smart growth" which is a reform way of land development that emphasizes the redevelopment of existing towns while preserving rural areas and creating walkable, mixed-use, integrated communities with less traffic congestion. These principles are opposed to the typical "sprawl" development that has dominated land development in the Lehigh Valley.
After his presentation, which will include video, Hylton will have a question and answer period.
Hylton is the author of Save our Lands, Save Our Towns, considered a seminal book explaining the relationship between spawling development and declining cities and describing attractive alternative forms of development. As an editor for the Pottstown Mercury newspaper, Hylton won his Pulitzer in 1990 for a series of editorials about preserving open space and farmland. Hylton lives in Pottstown, where he is active in local government.
Hylton has given hundreds of presentations in more than 30 states.
Hylton's appearance is sponsored by Friends for the Protection of Lower Macungie, a citizens group that promotes smart growth.
For more information, contact Scott Bieber at 610-972-8646 or sbieber@ ptd.net. For more information about Hylton, visit his website, saveourlandsaveourtowns.org.
Society to hold
The Carbon Model Railroad Society will hold an open house at 529 Ore St., Bowmanstown 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays Nov. 29 through Jan. 3, 2013. It will also be open 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays Nov. 24 through Dec. 9 and again the weekend of Jan. 5, 2013.
The main "HO" scale display is in various stages of completion and is an excellent learning tool. The club's portable "HO" and "N" displays will be in operation on the second floor. There will be new and pre-owned accessories for sale. Admission is free.
For more information, call Garry Mack at 610-862-6636.