“Your Petitioners Are in Need”: Pleasant Hills as a Case Study in Borough Incorporation

“Your Petitioners Are in Need”: Pleasant Hills as a Case Study in Borough Incorporation : PleAsAnt Hills As A CAse studY in BorougH inCorPorAtion Richard L. Lindberg n 1947 residents in the northern wards of Jefferson Township in Allegheny County voted, subject to court approval, to secede from the township in a bid to create a more responsive government. The resulting court approval allowed the Borough of Pleasant Hills to incorporate. Pleasant Hills became another element of local government in a county already fragmented by local governments. Incorporating a new borough raises several questions. Why was it necessary to form another borough in a county with a number of boroughs already? What would the citizens of the new borough gain? Where do boroughs fit in the structures of local government in Pennsylvania? This article will endeavor to answer these questions. The scholarship on boroughs in Pennsylvania is limited. There are studies on the historical and political aspects of Pennsylvania's boroughs, but little describing the process and reasons leading to their formation.1 Boroughs have a long history in Pennsylvania, beginning with the incorporation of Germantown in 1691 and continuing until the present day. : a journal of mid-atlantic studies, vol. 79, no. 1, 2012. Copyright © 2012 The Pennsylvania Historical Association In the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies Penn State University Press

“Your Petitioners Are in Need”: Pleasant Hills as a Case Study in Borough Incorporation

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: PleAsAnt Hills As A CAse studY in BorougH inCorPorAtion Richard L. Lindberg n 1947 residents in the northern wards of Jefferson Township in Allegheny County voted, subject to court approval, to secede from the township in a bid to create a more responsive government. The resulting court approval allowed the Borough of Pleasant Hills to incorporate. Pleasant Hills became another element of local government in a county already fragmented by local governments. Incorporating a new borough raises several questions. Why was it necessary to form another borough in a county with a number of boroughs already? What would the citizens of the new borough gain? Where do boroughs fit in the structures of local government in Pennsylvania? This article will endeavor to answer these questions. The scholarship on boroughs in Pennsylvania is limited. There are studies on the historical and political aspects of Pennsylvania's boroughs, but little describing the process and reasons leading to their formation.1 Boroughs have a long history in Pennsylvania, beginning with the incorporation of Germantown in 1691 and continuing until the present day. : a journal of mid-atlantic studies, vol. 79, no. 1, 2012. Copyright © 2012 The Pennsylvania Historical Association In the

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Published: Mar 31, 2012

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