is Carbondale depressing?
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Shawn

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#62 Apr 28, 2010
Could never live there...sorry, typo.
Angela

Carbondale, PA

#63 May 3, 2010
I suppose I can understand how some would find them selfs depressed here. For me though it is quite the opposite. I have lived all over the United States over the past 27 years and this seems to be the first place I have been able to set down roots in. I have lived in Texas, New York City, California, Arizona, and Florida just to name a few. Life is what you make it. Now some people see the decrepit old buildings and run down vacant houses and see no hope, when I drove through I saw a possibility. I bought a old run down 5 bedroom Victorian house on Park Street for 20,000 and fixed it up. I have less than 2 years of house payments left which means I will own a house out right before I am even 30 and will be able to travel and put away more money for my children's college fund. This is a opportunity very few people my age, from my background get to achieve. I enjoy driving down the center of town and admiring the old buildings that are rich in not only heritage but in possibility.

As for the people talking about the gangs and there being nothing to do in Carbondale for children...buy a car and take them to new places every weekend and after school if time permits. Get them involved in after school programs. Even the elementary school offers both band and chorus after school. Get them started at a young age and by the time they are in middle & high school maybe they might make the right decisions. I know first hand when it comes to being a teenager, how your family dynamic is drastically impacts the decisions you make. I am not saying all the parents are to blame but in a large population of them they let these children run wild and do not teach them right from wrong. If you let your children play outside unsupervised and run the streets at 9 or 10 years old they grow up thinking thats normal and the right thing to do. Then as teenagers, of course thats what they will being doing..it is all they know. I mean for 50 bucks a month you can get them into karate 2 times a week...that is cheap. It keeps them off the streets and gives them self esteem. Stimulate the mind so they are not bored enough to gang bang and run the streets. Maybe we are the exception? My husband was in the military for years so he is strict with them and knows what it takes. Perhaps other people do not?

I see the ignorant crack heads around town and you know what... I thank god that is not me or anyone I know. I have never had my car vandalized or my house broken into in the 4 years I have been here. My children are not depressed as they get not only a small community upbringing but are within driving range of what Scranton, Nyc & Philadelphia all have to offer. Too many people here are hung up on what the town looks like and what the town does not offer. I assume these people do not own a car or are too lazy to enjoy what the surrounding areas have to offer. I mean if you hate this place so much, leave. If moving is not a possibility then leave for a day trip for a change of scenery. Towns do not make people miserable, their outlook does. I lived in Houston Texas and was robbed on a monthly basis! I lived in Nyc and listened to female friends cry after being raped time and time again. I lived in San Diego and lost everything I owned due to wild fires. Every single place has bad & good. The key is in finding the good and avoiding the bad by making smart decisions. This is just my opinion, I can understanding how some might feel differently but for me and for my children, it could be a lot worse. Now my husband...he hates this run down town for one reason alone as he says..fix the streets! LOL. In the end though, I will own my house before the age of 30 and have no mortgage, no rent, just low property taxes. My children will be able to see the culture other places have to offer and build memories as a family in the process and both my husband and I will get the enjoy the money we work hard for on things other than bills. Carbondale has made this happen.
JJC

United States

#64 May 3, 2010
Well spoken Angela, I have to agree with your husband the number one thing that irks me is the streets as well. Life is what you make it, Carbondale is very affordable and close to everything which is a huge plus.
David Touch

Tavares, FL

#65 May 3, 2010
Why not try a novel approach, as many other small communities have done, over the years. Form volunteer groups, set a plan and clean up the area's you all feel so badly need attention. Hmmm, a community effort, what a concept. Or, on the other hand, just complain, it's a lot easier.
JJC

Brea, CA

#66 May 4, 2010
You can't volunteer to repave streets last I checked, and for the neighborhood a lot of us have been doing things such as going to city council meetings and such. Only complaint I have are the streets and supposedly they are going to resurface all of them the question is when?
Who-a

Moscow, PA

#67 May 18, 2010
WEll...

Since this old news and old news goes on and on...why not.

IS CARBONDALE DEPRESSING at one time I would say yes, But now ,
I think alien life forms have ben taking over and made it even more complex depressed than what it is.
and the secret political people have made it even worse in running the town right in to the pot dump .

I give them a ten score on doing a one track mind click in taking care of the town.
and continue to run everyone in the dump with more taxes and more money that thay are going to suck out of everyone for there pockets.

Later
Who-a
objective observer

Long Valley, NJ

#68 Jun 2, 2010
Anabell wrote:
Do you feel depressed living in Carbondale?
Carbondale in its day wasn't depressing.It was a place where young hard working couples could go and raise a family.Nowadays however time just stood still.Chalk it up to changing times or nearsighted
politicians.Carbondale is a town in disrepair and decay with no ember of hope to ever ignite again.Its older residents are dilusional and complacent in their thinking that this town will ever change.The once charming cobbel stone streets have been black toppped over and vacant homes left by people with vision are being
scarfed up and leased to low lifes.Do some research on Carbondale
and you'll find,that historians didn't even think highly of the town.Com placency is the criminal here.Carbondale has a festival called Pioneer day.In the true sense of a pioneer if that person
came upon an area that didn't show any hope or promise they would move on.Carbondale its time to move on.
tom

Nanticoke, PA

#69 Jun 20, 2010
CARBONDALE is AWESOME
bill

Scranton, PA

#70 Jun 20, 2010
I love carbondale the tax are cheap I can aford to live here. Go live in NJ and then tell me about taxes
bill

Scranton, PA

#71 Jun 20, 2010
CARBONDALE IS GREAT I dont care where you go kids
are always looking for some kind of truble it's up
to the parents to keep and eye on them and rase them rite not the town's .
DUDE

Long Valley, NJ

#72 Jun 25, 2010
tom wrote:
CARBONDALE is AWESOME
Only 14 years olds use the expression "awesome" who know nothing about quality of life and better places to live.
DUDE

Long Valley, NJ

#73 Jun 25, 2010
bill wrote:
I love carbondale the tax are cheap I can aford to live here. Go live in NJ and then tell me about taxes
Taxes are cheap and so is the scenery.Live in Pa work in Pa stop cluttering up our highways and develope your own commerce.
DUDE

Long Valley, NJ

#74 Jun 25, 2010
bill wrote:
CARBONDALE IS GREAT I dont care where you go kids
are always looking for some kind of truble it's up
to the parents to keep and eye on them and rase them rite not the town's .
Here is a prime example of the element that Carbondale breeds/attracts.Dolts who have extreme difficulty composing sentences and spelling 5th grade spelling words.
Evan Andrew Uzialko

Hampstead, NC

#75 Jun 26, 2010
Untitled

Look into my soul,
A pit that's very deep.
All you'll see's a hole
And a youthful mindless creep.
Like the night and day,
It comes and goes.
One day I'll pay and you all will know
The way I feel on this worthless planet.
I'll whine and squeal
Like a dying rabbit.
The pain you all see
Is all because of me.
Accept my apology and set me free.
Free from life, free from hell.
You'll see me dine in the place I dwell.
I ask you this and nothing more,
Let me die,
For I am sore.
Evan Andrew Uzialko

Copyright 2009 Evan Andrew Uzialko

[b.] September 11, 1977, Scranton, PA; [p.] Robert and Alice Uzialko;
[ed.] Lakeland High School Jermyn, PA; [memb.] Black Belt member of
Scranton Tang So Do Academy; [pers.] Evan completed suicide on June 8, 1995.
The day before his high school graduation. He fought so hard to put these
terrible feelings out of his mind. But nothing could help him.; [a.] Jermyn, PA
Evan Andrew Uzialko

Hampstead, NC

#76 Jun 26, 2010
Evan Andrew Uzialko killed himself by hanging himself from a tree in his own back yard 15 years and 19 days ago

his suicide poem is in the above post in this thread

Evan was a good kid with a good heart who fell victim to bad parenting, religious BS and a VERY piss poor Lakeland HS admin

his friends will never forget nor will we let anyone else forget

Since: Jul 10

Norwalk, OH

#78 Jul 6, 2010
I recently visited Carbondale and had a good time. It appears it suffers from a depressed economy as is my parent's town in upstate NY. For younger folks to remain- the town will need to invest in them, and provide a reason to stay. With the beautiful environment and plentiful lake areas, there could be tourism through the town, which could provide employment for locals. In my area they made a town lake and have kayaks and boats for rent, built an arts center and is attractive to people for enjoying the outside. If there were a couple good grant writers on board with the city, I would imagine there might be funds nationally for a rural area faced with such challenges.
I feel for Serina and her comment. Even though it looks difficult when first thought of- education (if not desired traditionally bachelors, etc) either in a health profession such as respiratory therapy, radiology tech, or if drawn to nursing (one year LPN, Two yr RN) might be the answer. There are grants still and educational loans for those interested in schooling, and if academics are not of interest then one could pick computers, or vocational style jobs that one could get through colleges geared to hands on.
I write this as a person who was a single parent and had initially obtained a bachelor degree that supported my son and I after divorce. Consider strongly an educational program and invest in yourself. Nobody can take this from you. You can go to higher education whether you have your GED or diploma. It may look impossible at first- but the college counselors available to look at varied paths with programs at schools can be very helpful- if they are not- ask for another-as you are the consumer and they are there to help you.

“This too shall pass”

Since: Dec 06

Small Town, USA

#79 Jul 11, 2010
Evan Andrew Uzialko wrote:
Evan Andrew Uzialko killed himself by hanging himself from a tree in his own back yard 15 years and 19 days ago
his suicide poem is in the above post in this thread
Evan was a good kid with a good heart who fell victim to bad parenting, religious BS and a VERY piss poor Lakeland HS admin
his friends will never forget nor will we let anyone else forget
Unless you think this was actually foul play, why don't you let the kid rest in peace? This seems like an unhealthy obsession on your part. No offense, but you could usea girlfriend,a hobby,some volunteer work or something to use up your energy in a positive way. Why not get trained to work at a volunteer hotline and help prevent other suicides in honor of your friend?
jackb

Scranton, PA

#80 Jul 13, 2010
build a dam at meredith street childs pa this way some carbodaleans would have lake front property we alredy have a bypass for garbondolay we could generate power with the dam that more than you can do with all the hot air from our politicians
Steve Wiggen is gay

Hampstead, NC

#81 Aug 5, 2010
Angela
Carbondale, PA

IS YOUR LAST NAME HORAX ?

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