A decade of changes

A decade of changes

There are 5 comments on the The York Daily Record story from Dec 6, 2008, titled A decade of changes. In it, The York Daily Record reports that:

In 1997, the York Daily Record identified 21 sites believed to be strategic as York moved toward the 21st century.

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Lancaster, PA

#1 Dec 7, 2008
All these renovations and facelifts to properties in York do nothing but hide the downside of this city. More effort should be placed on crime and infestation of scum living behind these buildings.The only way to revitalize York is to run the low lifes out of town.
Black Boy

Fort Wayne, IN

#2 Dec 7, 2008
What has been the impact of these economic development activity on improving the quality of life for minorities and people living in poverty in York? Did any of these projects reduce the drastic disparities in income and employment opportunities for the less fortunate?

Since: Feb 08

Location hidden

#3 Dec 7, 2008

All roses? No thorns?

You happened to find and quote only people that get money from the city - of course they say things are great. If you exonerate my taxes and give me money I'll tell you Brenner is doing a fine job also. It won't be true, but I'll tell you it.

Why did you mention the antique district but fail to list any antique stores or quote their owners? Did you forget that they all left the city to conduct business in safer locations? The signs still read "Antiques and Market" but only the market exists and is usually covered with litter from bums. Was Mr. Jackson unable to comment on the vacancies? Maybe this was a phone interview and you are assuming there are still antique stores on W Market.

What about the 4 jewelry stores that left the city?
What about the stained glass studio that moved to Dover?
Where are all the antique stores? Historic York?
Remember when Fred tried to open and operate his hearing aid business on N Beaver? What happened with that?

Things are so bad down here that even CVS pharmacy closes at 5:00pm but the article skipped their location as well as the vacant Weinbrom location.

Things are so bad down here that the first floor tenants of SCC are now forced to pay for armed Schaad security, but you quoted the 6th floor tenant Gary Sonke saying "its a great place to do business." Talk about Ivory Tower Elitism yikes.

The bias in the YDR editorial room will never allow an honest assessment to be made about Brenner's revitalization program. Everyone wants to discount my comments and write me off, but are there any other examples of people moving into the city to open a business like I did? I speak the truth from 3 years first-hand experience living and trying to work downtown. I voted for Brenner and moved here to be part of this revitalization you are trying to write about. Unfortunately the YDR bias is only interested in giving the Mayor and his administration praise.

Again - if you only ask the people that are getting tax deals and contracts from the Mayor then you are only hearing one very misleading side of the story. There is much more to this story and it isnt just roses.
Just a Thought

Stewartstown, PA

#4 Dec 7, 2008
For once I totally agree with 'Computer Steve".
When we first moved here 20+ years ago, I enjoyed going "downtown"...yes, there were 'some' areas and places that I knew to avoid, that happens in every city, but...WHAT THE HELL HAS HAPPENED???? Businesses for the 'everyday' citizen are gone...and I will NOT go downtown and subject myself, my family, etc. to the VERY strong possibility of 'something happening'.
The "Mayor"..using THAT term loosely..has done NOTHING...repeat...NOTHING to make the city any safer, to make the city cleaner, and nothing to encourage businesses to (return) stay....
This city has a LOT of possiblity, BUT until it is cleaned up,'ain't nothin' gonna happen'.
???Think we need to change Brenner's title from 'Mayor' to..."NAY-OR"????(Na y..meaning 'nothing, nil, nadda, zero')

Orlando, FL

#5 Dec 12, 2008
I think York should hand out more parking tickets. That really makes people want to return to the downtown area. We like getting tickets. Last year, I was working downtown to help some friends out. I put money in the meter ALL day and never moved the car but just before 5pm, as I was cleaning up to leave, I realized my meter would be close to running out, so I ran out to plug the meter one more time and found a ticket had already been placed on my car less than one minute earlier. The meter person had to be standing there waiting for it to run out so they could write one more ticket for the day even though they had to realize I paid for parking all day long. I really enjoyed my LAST visit to downtown York.

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