Mon towns to promote tourism

Jul 24, 2009 Full story: O-R Online 31

Six Mid-Mon Valley communities are joining hands to better promote their tourism destinations.

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Since: Oct 08

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#1 Aug 6, 2009
How are tourists supposed to get here with 2 bridges down and 1 under construction ? Fly?
The Main Man

Pittsburgh, PA

#2 Aug 6, 2009
Who cares.
Mon valley Resident

Falls Church, VA

#3 Aug 7, 2009
what tourists are going to go hey lets go to mon valley, PA for vacation??

Who comes up with these ideas?
REAPER

Mckeesport, PA

#4 Aug 8, 2009
This valley sucks!Who wants to see this wasteland!
Mona

Indianapolis, IN

#5 Aug 12, 2009
I was born in 1943 in Charleroi-which was the most thriving town of them all- 3 movie theaters, clothing, shoe stores, groceries, everything was there. Sad to see it now- but many ideas could save it- including the cruise up the river from Pittsburgh with stops at dinner destinations in different towns. The river is an asset. Put in a nightclub with local live entertainment, We had the clubs with live bands and dancing in those days.(Of course we had good music then)(Just had to say it) The touristy type stores needs to reopen- give people free rent to start business. Ask for grants from gov. to restore the appearance of the towns. A return to the past when people were innovative. Promote fishing again in the area especially fly fishing. Lots of ideas.
Doesn't have to be a wasteland unless people let it happen....Some things can be tried without big dollars. So city fathers, make a call out to entepreneurs- and make them an offer they can't refuse.....
Eliminator

Belle Vernon, PA

#6 Aug 12, 2009
REAPER wrote:
This valley sucks!Who wants to see this wasteland!
Then get out!!

Since: Oct 08

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#7 Aug 12, 2009
There has to be a plan of attack, you have to offer reasons for business to come to the valley. Business moves in people will follow. There aren't that many grants out there folks. Its going to take hard work from the people around here. Instead of waiting for people to do something, you do it. pick up the trash, cut the grass of the vacant lots, they would make good community gardens. Worse case we fail, but you tried to make the valley a better place.
REAPER

Mckeesport, PA

#8 Aug 12, 2009
Eliminator wrote:
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Then get out!!
Go F yourself
none

Monongahela, PA

#9 Aug 12, 2009
I am curious how some of the small towns managed to become so charming, ie. gettysburg, ligonier, martha's vineyard, etc... It would be so nice to do the riverboat stops if our towns looked like the ones on martha's vineyard...people would definately come!
Aleck Smart

Mckeesport, PA

#10 Aug 13, 2009
none wrote:
I am curious how some of the small towns managed to become so charming, ie. gettysburg, ligonier, martha's vineyard, etc... It would be so nice to do the riverboat stops if our towns looked like the ones on martha's vineyard...people would definately come!
Gettysburg - they have $$(tourist destination).
Ligonier - they have $$(rich retirees).
Martha's Vineyard - they have $$(valuable real estate; rich politicians). That's why people like us go there, and people like them don't come here. Could we one day be like them? Possibly - but we have to have something to offer them so tourist WANT to come here.
Mona

Indianapolis, IN

#11 Aug 13, 2009
The Mon Valley has many attributes to be utilized. It was quite viable before, as I remember.So to all the naysayers: Well, just say no and just don't encourage the ones that want to try and just look out and see the bad side of things and do not look to do something about it, or try to pitch in help--just sit there and complain.
Eliminator

Charleroi, PA

#12 Aug 13, 2009
REAPER wrote:
<quoted text>Go F yourself
Obviously an ivy leaguer. But seriously if I hated it I would get out. I happen to love it here therefore I stay. You are either part of the solution or part of the problem.
REAPER

Mckeesport, PA

#13 Aug 15, 2009
Hell no i'm going to stay and watch this cracktown fall apart.
Aleck Smart

Mckeesport, PA

#14 Aug 16, 2009
aregularperson wrote:
How are tourists supposed to get here with 2 bridges down and 1 under construction ? Fly?
I know Americans are dumb, but they can't be THAT dumb. There are detours in place. In fact, closing the Char-Monessen Bridge can have a positive impact relative to tourism. It forces them to drive through the Charleroi biz district. Maybe they stop & shop. That's how a region makes money,...by taking in money from outside the region. NOT by recycling our own dollars.
harry

United States

#15 Aug 16, 2009
Well, Smart Aleck knows something about "balance of payments" You cannot prosper by cycling money thru Walmart to China. When dollars flow outward the region gets poorer. When dollars flow inward, the region gets richer.

Right now, that "region" is America and Europe. We send dollars to OPEC and China et.al. and they send us goods. They get richer, we get poorer.
We run our printing presses to make money. They bring labor in from the rural countryside to make goods.

The Mon Valley needs to make things that are sold somewhere else. The goods flow out. The money flows in. Services are usually money that is recycled among the inhabitants.

At one time that river carried coal downriver to the mills and the mills sent money upriver to the towns. But that was long ago in a galaxy far away.

All those towns along the Mon are struggling to find a reason why they should still be there. I haven't come up with a good reason.....yet.
Aleck Smart

Mckeesport, PA

#16 Aug 16, 2009
harry wrote:
Well, Smart Aleck knows something about "balance of payments" You cannot prosper by cycling money thru Walmart to China. When dollars flow outward the region gets poorer. When dollars flow inward, the region gets richer.
Right now, that "region" is America and Europe. We send dollars to OPEC and China et.al. and they send us goods. They get richer, we get poorer.
We run our printing presses to make money. They bring labor in from the rural countryside to make goods.
The Mon Valley needs to make things that are sold somewhere else. The goods flow out. The money flows in. Services are usually money that is recycled among the inhabitants.
At one time that river carried coal downriver to the mills and the mills sent money upriver to the towns. But that was long ago in a galaxy far away.
All those towns along the Mon are struggling to find a reason why they should still be there. I haven't come up with a good reason.....yet.
I'm being pleasantly surprised. More and more intelligent people are actually chiming in on this site!
Tom Leghart

Hollywood, FL

#17 Jul 20, 2010
Miami, Florida
I have no family members left in Brownsville.
The last time i was there was in 1968. That was 42 years ago, right after graduation from the University of Miami. People were talking about revitalization then. Stores were open, streets were busy, but many then said it was over. It is. The town and others along the river have lost their reason to exist. And, there is nothing to draw people back. But, I imagine in 2110 people will still be talking revitalization. By then, the last of the buildings will have collapsed.
need 2 know

Charleroi, PA

#18 Jul 20, 2010
Hello Tom,

Sadly, Brownsville is a ghost town. See the link below for information.(And this is from a few years ago... it is even worse, now!) The Mon Valley needs industry, period. http://www.wqed.org/tv/onq/specials/brownsvil...
It can happen

Sewickley, PA

#19 Jul 21, 2010
Which community has a large river front property that can be developed.? Think outside the steel mill industry. The other river towns are prospering with recreation. Why do the people in the Valley have to travel into Pittsburgh for ALL of their recreation. Between Morgantown and Pittsburgh where is there to go except for Pittsburgh. The Valley would be a great stopping off place. The river front can be the first step. Next look into the country side for large parcels of ground to develop something - letís say a park. We already have Cedar Creek for picnics and river recreation - a beautiful park if you havenít been there. We could use a wave pool, a place to ride horses, quads, etc. Now you may say that these ideas arenít going to bring in industry and you would be wrong. Industry looks for a place with good housing, good schools, recreation for their employees, etc....

Now where in the world would the industry go? How about the industrial park in Fallowfield Township? Or the potential one discussed for Rostraver Township? See, it isnít so hard to come up with the ideas or the plan.

Anything can get done if you have a mind set to do it. Washington Township no longer makes the front page. They got turned around - all for the better!

Now ALL we need to do is to get Monessen to move their business district next to the river and entice some large national corporation to move out of the large city and relocate into our wonderful Valley. A place where we have nice homes, good schools, a good hospital, a state university, and with their assistance a step into the future. Anyone wishing to form a committee to move the Valley into the future please sign up here. What say you?
well

Charleroi, PA

#20 Jul 21, 2010
Dear "It can happen"
I love your ideas and enthusiam- but I see NO HOPE in revitalizing the Mon Valley. The Monongahela river floods something fierce- I know all too well - and it is going to continue to do so with the Cheat Lake Dam - and the Pittsburgh T - and how the locks are handled. I could go into detail about the flooding situation - but that is the truth. Also, Too many oldsters in the valley - and our school districts are not very, how should I say A+- so - not many young families CHOOSE to stay here - or even come here. Not enough jobs- period- older homes without what the young families want - a little yard - more than one bathroom - and a two car garage! Rostraver is building - and that is great - but the rest of the valley is suffering something fierce. Wait until the new census numbers come out - yikes - Nobody lives here anymore! Sadly!!!

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