Lancaster County Pennsylvania

A Very Special Place

Lancaster County is well known for its beautiful farms, rich history, charming towns, Amish communities, farmer’s markets, arts & crafts and enviable quality of life. It’s no surprise that we’re growing.

The Hourglass

The Hourglass was formed to champion and facilitate effective growth management in order to make Lancaster County an even better place to live, work and visit. We believe that Lancaster County can have growth and economic prosperity without losing its unique character and enviable quality of life.
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A new website designed by the Hourglass to promote tourism in downtown Lancaster.  The site captures the unique Lancaster experience by focusing on the downtown’s rich history and all the exciting things to see and do - the art galleries, museums, shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues.  Check it out at


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We’re not like other non-profit organizations.  We aren’t focused on a single topic or passion. Instead, we concern ourselves with complex legacy issues and how they impact the quality of life in Lancaster County

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America’s Biggest Problem is Concentrated Poverty, Not Inequality

The number of people living in concentrated poverty has grown staggeringly since 2000, nearly doubling from 7.2 million in 2000 to 13.8 million people by 2013—the highest figure ever recorded. This is a troubling reversal of previous trends, particularly of the previous decade of 1990 to 2000.

Concentrated poverty also overlaps with race in deeply distressing ways. One in four black Americans and one in six Hispanic Americans live in high-poverty neighborhoods, compared to just one in thirteen of their white counterparts.

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