Carlisle Conversations: Dickinson College Magazine

Summer 2008: Dickinson College Magazine

Carlisle Conversations

By Lauren DeFont Davidson

Excerpt: “Having lived downtown at 25-27 W. High St., Ellen Simon ’09 was very familiar with the sounds and smells of heavy truck traffic in the area.

‘I knew about the poor air quality in Carlisle and the steps that Carlisle residents and Dickinson College were taking to address the traffic flow through town,’ she says. ‘I was intrigued by the topic, so when I was presented with the opportunity to conduct fieldwork in Carlisle, I chose to investigate the trucking industry’s impact on the downtown businesses and Carlisle’s air.’

Her research included interviews with Jeff Wood ’85, owner of Whistlestop Bookshop on High Street, Karen Barone of the Downtown Carlisle Association and the Rev. Jennifer McKenna, president of the Carlisle Clean Air Board.

‘I learned a lot through this project,’ Simon says. ‘Perhaps the most interesting and beneficial thing I learned about is Carlisle’s role as a transportation hub for trucks throughout the nation.'”

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