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I took out the Author section of this article. See Wikitravel:first person pronouns for more info. --Evan 12:02, 17 Dec 2003 (PST)

I took out the section "Local Travel Guides", as I don't understand what it means. The Cities and Regions sections point to travel guides for cities and regions of Pennsylvania, respectively. --Evan 17:36, 28 Sep 2004 (EDT)

Region breakdown

Draft regions map

We need some regions for this state; VisitPA (the state tourist site) has this breakdown, and Open Directory has this one. Should we try to put together something similar? --Evan 17:34, 13 Jan 2006 (EST)

Oh yikes! This regions section did not develop well, and the existing regions overlap significantly. I suppose they'll need to be merged/deleted into a sensible breakdown. I'll put up a suggestion map soon, but I don't really know too much about the state & could use help—any locals have suggestions? --Peter Talk 00:12, 6 March 2008 (EST)
Actually, here's an obscure PA regions breakdown, which I rather like. I'd be tempted to split off portions of the "Endless Mts" and "Susquehanna Valley" to preserve the "Coal Region," but otherwise this looks like a passable breakdown—any thoughts? --Peter Talk 00:18, 6 March 2008 (EST)
OK, here's a draft regions map. Perhaps the names should change a bit? And I don't like that I've left Lehigh Valley in there, but I don't know what else to do with it. Could it be merged with the Delaware Valley? Any other thoughts on this draft breakdown? --Peter Talk 00:45, 6 March 2008 (EST)
bump --Peter Talk 05:06, 4 June 2008 (EDT)
Well, speaking as someone who's been to Eastern PA all of three times, and even then just passing through, my completely uneducated opinion is that the two valleys can be combined. I don't think The Lehigh Valley (Allentown area, I guess) is far enough from Philadelphia to be a separate destination. The only other comment I would have is that the Pittsburgh region looks weighted northwest, given the location of the city; it seems like parts of the neighboring counties south and west would be part of the area. LtPowers 12:16, 4 June 2008 (EDT)
I asked my wife, who's from PA, and she agreed that the Pittsburgh and Vicinity region should include the eastern and southern suburbs outside Allegheny County. LtPowers 15:32, 10 June 2008 (EDT)

So the more I think about it, the more I think VisitPA got it right: [1]. I know we don't usually go with the states' tourism definitions, but I think in this case they've got it pegged. (The names they chose are cheesy, though, and can be changed.) I know Peter liked the Coal Region, but I'm not sure how useful it is to the traveler. LtPowers 09:13, 1 August 2008 (EDT)

Those do look pretty good. They also mean more work in reorganizing the existing regions, but I'll deal with it. I've updated the map, and if the divisions look right, I'll move ahead with this. --Peter Talk 04:29, 11 August 2008 (EDT)
I don't like "Great Lakes Region" (it's a little generic, not clearly Pennsylvanian, and even a bit pretentious for 30 miles of shoreline along Lake Erie), but it's better than "Northwest Pennsylvania" and I don't have a better suggestion. Maybe "Lake Erie Region"? Or even "Erie Region" (since the main city in the area is Erie)? Anyway, I'd be happy to work on reorganizing the regions if you'd rather not. =) LtPowers 08:40, 11 August 2008 (EDT)
Sounds good to me! If you want to start hitting the regions, I'll upload a new png (and an updated svg) in the next couple hours. --Peter Talk 12:52, 11 August 2008 (EDT)
The task is done, at least I think so. Linkage was inconsistent at best, so I may have missed some regions or destinations that were linked to their regions only via the "IsIn" template (such links don't show up in "What links here"). Poconos and Endless Mountains needs some heavy revision; I tried to leave the Coal Region as a subregion, but now the main article reads awkwardly, and some destinations may be missing. Philadelphia Region and Pennsylvania Wilds are stubs. LtPowers 19:46, 11 August 2008 (EDT)
Yeah, the new regions need to get fleshed out (mainly the 9 cities/other destinations sections). If my insomnia keeps up, I'll take a second crack at it tonight. --Peter Talk 20:12, 11 August 2008 (EDT)

Shuylkill Expwy

I removed the joke about calling the Schuylkill expressway the 'sure kill' expressway. Nobody locally calls it that except to mock the non local people that call it that. Also added the part about staying out of the left hand lane. It's always people from NJ and DE going 55 in the left hand lane on highways, arrrrg. --edg126 14:52, 10 Apr 2007 (EST)