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Lifesrich

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#1 Aug 6, 2006
I receive the local newspaper, The Jeannette Spirit.
I see that many of the old building are being torn down. What is going on in Jeannette? Why take down history? Is there any one out there that wants to save Jeannette? I find it sad, but as always it seems like the people of Jeannette sit back and allow this. I don't understand. What can be done? Is there any group of people that want to save this town from the ashes?
daytona

United States

#2 Oct 14, 2006
Lifesrich wrote:
I receive the local newspaper, The Jeannette Spirit.
I see that many of the old building are being torn down. What is going on in Jeannette? Why take down history? Is there any one out there that wants to save Jeannette? I find it sad, but as always it seems like the people of Jeannette sit back and allow this. I don't understand. What can be done? Is there any group of people that want to save this town from the ashes?
I also get the spirit as well as talk to many friends who still live in the hometown & they say that it's become like a ghost town as far as Clay Avenue & all's concerned....And that the rest of the place is mostly real bad with drugs & all...The street I grew up on (6th) is supposed to be nothing but drugs & crack houses...It really makes me sick! Real sad...
just dave

Auburn Hills, MI

#3 Jun 13, 2007
maybe they are trying to improve it with some new life and new buildings. they are trying to get new business in and that means need of new buildings and ground to try to ttract some business. this does not mean dollar stores and flea-tiques, jeannette needs some manufacturing and better paying jobs. this will bring welth and chase the drugs and trouble out. you need to break a few eggs to make a cake. This seems like what they are trying to do. If you havent noticed all places that have lost the good paying jobs seem to go down hill due to lack of tax money and pride of the people that live there.
DON

Greensburg, PA

#4 Nov 7, 2007
jeannette glass is still there WHAT A EYE SORE!
Go pens

Greensburg, PA

#5 Apr 30, 2008
DON wrote:
jeannette glass is still there WHAT A EYE SORE!
oh yes and it burnt years ago..I was in the 5th grade..and now I am grown up...Married with a 5 years old. So that has been a Jeannette eye sore for sometime now. They should tear that down along with all the homes they are tearing down on the same block.
Ii guess they are buliding new town homes to replace the tear downs.
Jim - Houston Texas

Galveston, TX

#6 Aug 6, 2008
Grew up in Jeannette and left after I graduated in 1972. I live in Houston, Texas now but Jeannette was a great place back then to grow up as a kid. I love coming back every few years but you can see downtown is dying.

Since: Apr 07

Jeannette, Pa

#7 Aug 7, 2008
I grew up here too. When the glass factories were in full swing, and every building in town was filled. When you went downtown to take in a movie at Manos Theater, and the streets were packed. When the police walked the beat, and we had respect for them. When you could do ALL your shopping in town. Sandsons Grocery store, G.C. Murphys, Gillespies, Joe Workmans, Urbanis',Isalys, the shoe stores,Federal Store,All the banks were open, Balsomos, and Felders, Daughtry Drugs,Martha Peachs office,D&K, Abie and Bimbos,Olgas,the bowling alley, Matts Furniture, Remember when we had all these? When I moved back, I remember parking on Clay, before Christmas time, and feeding the meter, and walking around all of the EMPTY buildings, and just feeling so sad.....
I laugh about the fact that they are going to build new houses where they tore down the row houses... What asshole is going to buy a new house that has the old Jeannette Glass rusted eyesore in the backdrop?
It was not a happy laugh,it was one of disappointment, and embarrassment! Why hasn't that property been seized by the city after so many years? Can someone explain that to me? If my house was that run down, the city would condemn it, and tear it down. Why are we afraid of Zion? It is my opinion that he has abandoned the area, and has left a hazardous situation behind. Will someone please explain this to me? I am missing some big piece of this puzzle....
disgusted resident

Greensburg, PA

#8 Aug 7, 2008
MarcyLynn wrote:
I grew up here too. When the glass factories were in full swing, and every building in town was filled. When you went downtown to take in a movie at Manos Theater, and the streets were packed. When the police walked the beat, and we had respect for them. When you could do ALL your shopping in town. Sandsons Grocery store, G.C. Murphys, Gillespies, Joe Workmans, Urbanis',Isalys, the shoe stores,Federal Store,All the banks were open, Balsomos, and Felders, Daughtry Drugs,Martha Peachs office,D&K, Abie and Bimbos,Olgas,the bowling alley, Matts Furniture, Remember when we had all these? When I moved back, I remember parking on Clay, before Christmas time, and feeding the meter, and walking around all of the EMPTY buildings, and just feeling so sad.....
I laugh about the fact that they are going to build new houses where they tore down the row houses... What asshole is going to buy a new house that has the old Jeannette Glass rusted eyesore in the backdrop?
It was not a happy laugh,it was one of disappointment, and embarrassment! Why hasn't that property been seized by the city after so many years? Can someone explain that to me? If my house was that run down, the city would condemn it, and tear it down. Why are we afraid of Zion? It is my opinion that he has abandoned the area, and has left a hazardous situation behind. Will someone please explain this to me? I am missing some big piece of this puzzle....
its amazing what lining the pockets of politicians can do. the council and local officials are as corrupt as they come, its evident with every thing that has come to pass over the last years. think about it...our taxes go up, they get funding from private and public sources, yet, where has the money gone? what has any of it done to improve the downward spiral? the numbers just dont add up. why else would they be turning their heads to things like this, yet look at a FEW select streets. new pavement, clean streets..and it looks like you entered a whole other town all together. someone knows the truth..someone knows where the money is really going. i doubt its in anyones pocket directly, but its for damn sure benefiting a select few and i mean select FEW areas. i think its time to rattle some cages..its all public record. i say we the residents need to start demanding they open the books so we can see first hand what is really going on.
Trop

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#9 Oct 12, 2008
I used to live there as well when i was little...was great back then my parents took me shopping,,,what good memories. now look at it
Targle

Stanford, CA

#10 Oct 13, 2008
I recall reading at one point that the problem with demolishing the glass factory had to do with environmental clean up costs and politics. Something to do with chemicals and being build on a flood plain.
DENNIS

Temecula, CA

#11 Oct 21, 2008
I was born and raised in Jeannette in 1950 and graduated in 68. I can remember that as a kid going downtown was a big deal. There wasnít an empty store on Clay. I used to spend 2 weeks every summer at my grandmothers in W. Jeannette and a big treat was her taking me to Olympiaís to eat. In later years I marched with the HS band more times than I can remember. We get back home once a year and it saddens me to see the deterioration of a town that Iím still very proud to have grown up in. Iíve lived in many parts of the country and have been fortunate to have traveled the world. Although my experiences have been many none compare to the true home town life of the past. I recall some plans for the revitalization of Jeannette but apparently it was just a dream.
Jeff

Erie, PA

#12 Oct 30, 2008
Does anyone remember Berger's Market on clay ave ?
DON

Vandergrift, PA

#13 Oct 30, 2008
YES!
Dennis

Temecula, CA

#14 Oct 30, 2008
I went to school with his daughter.
Disgusted

AOL

#15 Dec 10, 2008
They don't need to build new houses on the South 6th Street. They need to build a Community Center for the kids to play like leagues, etc. Something like that. Also need more shopping on the Clay Avenue instead tearing all the old history houses. Silly!!!!! They need focus on Clay Avenue which need more business to make people coming to Jeannette instead tearing all houses which it is so stupid.
Susan

Greensburg, PA

#16 Dec 30, 2008
My grandmother lived in the same house all of her life in Jeannette. I have many fond memories of Jeannette in the 50's and 60's...that was where we did all of our Christmas shopping - at Gillespie's in particular. Grandma used to take me to Murphy's and downstairs was their toy section. We bought our candy at the Olympia on Clay Avenue and does anyone remember the Crystal at the corner of Clay and Fifth?? Jeannette still looks so pretty at Christmas time. In the 50's, they had the bells that draped across Clay Avenue that twinkled. Grandma would shop at Berger's Market. My mom would shop for material at the Singer store with the brick arches...those arches are still there. Jeannette could be a beautiful historical town...I have many good memories there.
transplant

Greensburg, PA

#17 Jan 23, 2009
I lived in one of the rowhouses on south 6th street for five years before I had to move so they could tear the rowhouses down. I moved here from a different state and loved the historic and cultural neighborhood. They still play music in the downtown area which was a nice walk from my home. They have assembled prefab cracker box houses of the staples and glue sort which will look worse than the historic homes they tore down in 10 years. They should have gotten rid of the burned down factory and restored the town houses, encouraged niche businesses, and capitalized on the historic glass production industry making Jeannette, Pa a must see tourist stop. What a shame.
Bill

Irwin, PA

#18 Jan 23, 2009
Jim - Houston Texas wrote:
Grew up in Jeannette and left after I graduated in 1972. I live in Houston, Texas now but Jeannette was a great place back then to grow up as a kid. I love coming back every few years but you can see downtown is dying.
Jim, haven't seen you in awhile see Donnie every now and then. Suprized to see you on this site. Gaskill ave. and Railroad Street not the same. How's everyone doing. It was a good place then so much changed. Everyone gone, not much left around town anymore
Harold

Greensburg, PA

#19 Apr 8, 2009
I just saw these postings about Jeannette. I grew up here as well in the 50's. Moved in Jr High to Penn Twp. and then into Alleg Cnty. I have now moved back to Greensburg area and have now frequented some of the remaining great resturants and typical Jeannette bars. Busn district and Clay Ave. changed like all old towns. I was on this site as I am searching for the name of the Music Store, near the old Jr. High/orig Senior High and the music teachers name? I believe Italian gentleman who played his violin while he gave the music lessons. If anyone knows his name I would appreciate solving this for me. Thanks
DENNIS wrote:
I was born and raised in Jeannette in 1950 and graduated in 68. I can remember that as a kid going downtown was a big deal. There wasnít an empty store on Clay. I used to spend 2 weeks every summer at my grandmothers in W. Jeannette and a big treat was her taking me to Olympiaís to eat. In later years I marched with the HS band more times than I can remember. We get back home once a year and it saddens me to see the deterioration of a town that Iím still very proud to have grown up in. Iíve lived in many parts of the country and have been fortunate to have traveled the world. Although my experiences have been many none compare to the true home town life of the past. I recall some plans for the revitalization of Jeannette but apparently it was just a dream.
ginnysdaddy

Morgantown, WV

#20 Apr 8, 2009
so they tore the whole block on 6th between Bullit and Chambers, but left 1 building standing? I was told by many that the city ran out of money, which is probably true. Old man Zion will not sell, but the day he dies, his son will be more than happy to hand over the scrap pile to the city. They should have built these houses on Division Street across from DeMartino Ice, at least this would have given visitors a good view of what the city is trying to accompolish. These eye-sore new houses will be bought by the drug-dealers, with drug money, from the addicts of this town, and there are alot of them.
MarcyLynn wrote:
I grew up here too. When the glass factories were in full swing, and every building in town was filled. When you went downtown to take in a movie at Manos Theater, and the streets were packed. When the police walked the beat, and we had respect for them. When you could do ALL your shopping in town. Sandsons Grocery store, G.C. Murphys, Gillespies, Joe Workmans, Urbanis',Isalys, the shoe stores,Federal Store,All the banks were open, Balsomos, and Felders, Daughtry Drugs,Martha Peachs office,D&K, Abie and Bimbos,Olgas,the bowling alley, Matts Furniture, Remember when we had all these? When I moved back, I remember parking on Clay, before Christmas time, and feeding the meter, and walking around all of the EMPTY buildings, and just feeling so sad.....
I laugh about the fact that they are going to build new houses where they tore down the row houses... What asshole is going to buy a new house that has the old Jeannette Glass rusted eyesore in the backdrop?
It was not a happy laugh,it was one of disappointment, and embarrassment! Why hasn't that property been seized by the city after so many years? Can someone explain that to me? If my house was that run down, the city would condemn it, and tear it down. Why are we afraid of Zion? It is my opinion that he has abandoned the area, and has left a hazardous situation behind. Will someone please explain this to me? I am missing some big piece of this puzzle....

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