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Old 05-09-2007, 06:39 PM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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As a college business major, I thought it would be interesting for us all to do a "SWOT Analysis" of our respective hometowns. What are the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to your city? This strategy is often used in the corporate sector to enhance strengths, reduce weaknesses, identify and capitalize upon opportunities, and minimize threats to the business. I'll do the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre MSA as an example:

Strengths: Proximity to New York City and Philadelphia
Low Crime
Low Cost-of-Living
Great Schools/Universities
Historic Architecture
Variable Weather


Weaknesses: Negative Image to Both Outsiders and Locals
Moderate Air Pollution
Low-Skilled Employment Opportunities
Low Ethnic and Sociocultural Diversity
Underappreciation of the Fine Arts
Crumbling Infrastructure
Rising Tax Rates


Opportunities: Wall Street West
Commuter Rail Link to NYC
Direct New Residents into Existing Urban Areas
Growing Fan Base for "The Office"
New Film Office
Upcoming Medical and Law Schools


Threats: Urban Sprawl
Rising Cost-of-Living Associated with New Yorkers
Clashes Between Natives and Newcomers
Anti-Political Pot-Shot Sites Giving Area "Black Eye"
Rising Drug Trafficking Issues
Clashes in Hazleton Between Caucasians and Latinos
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Old 05-09-2007, 06:51 PM
 
Location: In God
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Default Houston

Ooh, this is difficult. I might need a partner for this one. Better yet, because I've grown to look at my city as flawless, somebody else from here can do it. Preferably, somebody who only half way likes it here.
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Old 05-09-2007, 07:11 PM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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Ooh, this is difficult. I might need a partner for this one. Better yet, because I've grown to look at my city as flawless, somebody else from here can do it. Preferably, somebody who only half way likes it here.
Give it a shot! I love Scranton like deep fried cheesecake covered in chocolate syrup, yet I still managed to point out its flaws. I can think of some already for Houston:
Threat---Coastal location; prime target for hurricanes
Weakness---Humid, hot, muggy climate
Weakness---Air pollution
Threat----Urban sprawl
Strength---Diversity
Opportunity---Improve Mass Transit to Reduce Traffic Congestion
Strength---Cultural Amenities
Strength---Large Airport
Threat---Illegal Immigration


It's really not all that hard, and I think I did a decent job with Houston, considering I've never even been there.
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Old 05-09-2007, 09:37 PM
 
Location: Lakewood, CO
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As a college business major, I thought it would be interesting for us all to do a "SWOT Analysis" of our respective hometowns. What are the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to your city? This strategy is often used in the corporate sector to enhance strengths, reduce weaknesses, identify and capitalize upon opportunities, and minimize threats to the business. I'll do the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre MSA as an example:

Strengths: Proximity to New York City and Philadelphia
Low Crime
Low Cost-of-Living
Great Schools/Universities
Historic Architecture
Variable Weather


Weaknesses: Negative Image to Both Outsiders and Locals
Moderate Air Pollution
Low-Skilled Employment Opportunities
Low Ethnic and Sociocultural Diversity
Underappreciation of the Fine Arts
Crumbling Infrastructure
Rising Tax Rates


Opportunities: Wall Street West
Commuter Rail Link to NYC
Direct New Residents into Existing Urban Areas
Growing Fan Base for "The Office"
New Film Office
Upcoming Medical and Law Schools


Threats: Urban Sprawl
Rising Cost-of-Living Associated with New Yorkers
Clashes Between Natives and Newcomers
Anti-Political Pot-Shot Sites Giving Area "Black Eye"
Rising Drug Trafficking Issues
Clashes in Hazleton Between Caucasians and Latinos
Ooh, ooh, me, me!

Denver

Strenghts

-growing
-affordable
-good job creation
-lots of development
-family-friendly
-low tax

Weaknesses

-illegal immigration
-lack of history/heritage
-lame architecture
-lack of 'community feeling'

Opportunities

-Tech economy
-Tourism
-Growth
-Transportation (private, private, private!)
-regional hub for business
-energy

Threats

-Inequality wrought by unskilled workforce (immigrants)
-Increased business regulation/taxation
-Drug traffic
-new urbanism--lofts/hipster culture/'creative class' that stifles business and corrupts cities
-Too much mobility--folks don't sit and stay a while/keep business moving/need more staying power

I'm very optimistic for Denver. The problem is that here, as it is in just about everywhere else, there is a push for a new urbanism built around a 'wine-sipping' class that lives in dense, urban areas, demands expensive cultural programs, and requires a poor, lower immigrant class to service their needs. That crowds out the middle class and corrupts the heart and soul of a city. Thankfully, Denver's suburban thrust should be enough to fight the urge for urban renewal. Growth will continue, the city will suburbanize even more. As long as there's an infrastructure to support it, all will be well.

We also need to attract families and not so many young urban singles. Families don't move around as much. They buy homes in the 'burbs and stay a while. That's good for cities. It's good for communities. It's good for neighborhoods.
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Old 05-10-2007, 02:26 AM
 
Location: Lincoln, Nebraska (moving to Ohio)
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Lincoln, NE (I am not from here, lived here 9 months)

Stregths:
-very low cost of housing
-very low apartment rents
- very low utilities costs
-high density of retail overall
-state university and capitol of the state
-slightly better then average parks/trails system

Weakness:
-lots of declining neighborhoods/areas
-high retail vacancy
-very, very economically segregated
-high amount of undevoloped land
-tax base is increasing at very, very low levels
- generally not well-kept
-very, very high property tax rates (twice the national average)
-very high structural budget deficit that gets worse year to year
-very large school system for a city its size, so very little property tax goes to city services.
-very bad infrastructure (much worse traffic then Omaha 35 minutes away)
-very low diversity
-isolated from medium/major metropolitan areas
-higher violent crime rate then national average (2005 numbers: highest violent crime rate in the state)
-low economic growth last 5 years
-very closed minded
-very high amount of tax-increment financing given to anything to stem to decline

Oppurtunities:
-very low rental rates
-very low utilities costs
-proximity to Omaha
-has an electorate which doesnt mind property tax increases, so rarely do tax increases get voted down
-lots of vacant manufacturing

Threats:
-most older neighborhoods are declining
-growing concentrations of vacant properties that arent maintained in alot older neighborhoods
-growing concentration of poverty in certain neighborhoods
-horrible infrastructure (some of the people in the neighborhoods along Interstate 80 just go to Omaha to shop rather then navigate a terrible roads system)
-vacant property situation getting increasingly worse
-very unvisionary place that just wants to keep the status quo
-very high property taxes causing seniors to move to lower-tax states
-tax base is very stagnant overall at the current time and widening structural budget deficit

Last edited by MattDen; 05-10-2007 at 02:34 AM..
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Old 05-10-2007, 07:44 AM
 
Location: Vero Beach, Fl
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Oh, I get it - you're using this for one of your assignments or at least it's one that I would have assigned to my students. And, you get to have other people do your research for you -- creative thinking, too.
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Old 05-10-2007, 08:49 AM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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Oh, I get it - you're using this for one of your assignments or at least it's one that I would have assigned to my students. And, you get to have other people do your research for you -- creative thinking, too.
Thanks, but it's not part of an assignment; school is over for the summer. I just like encouraging people to think critically from time to time, and this is just an interesting topic to me.
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Old 05-10-2007, 09:08 AM
 
Location: In God
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Give it a shot! I love Scranton like deep fried cheesecake covered in chocolate syrup, yet I still managed to point out its flaws. I can think of some already for Houston:
Threat---Coastal location; prime target for hurricanes
Weakness---Humid, hot, muggy climate
Weakness---Air pollution
Threat----Urban sprawl
Strength---Diversity
Opportunity---Improve Mass Transit to Reduce Traffic Congestion
Strength---Cultural Amenities
Strength---Large Airport
Threat---Illegal Immigration


It's really not all that hard, and I think I did a decent job with Houston, considering I've never even been there.
Well about the hurricanes, Houston does sit on the coast but a large part of the city is inland enough to be left practically untouched.

And you've never been to Houston?! What have you been doing with your life? Lol, no just kidding. Something tells me you might not like it anyway.
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Old 05-10-2007, 09:10 AM
 
Location: Jersey City
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Northern New Jersey:

Strengths
Proximity to New York City
Job growth
Population growth (not sunbelt speed, but steady nonetheless)
Wealth
Educated workforce
Existing infrastructure
Established institutions
Public transport
Beautiful hill country in the Northwest, Jersey Shore nearby too
Many communities with a "sense of place" and less faceless suburbia than most places (although we have a ton of it).

Weaknesses
Cost of living
Population density (strength and weakness at once)
Air quality
Home Rule
Political corruption

Opportunities
ARC project for transit accessibility
Capitalize on proximity to NYC and relatively cheaper costs (NOVA capitalized on its proximity to DC to attract tech, etc.)
Revitalize older cities such as Newark, Paterson, Passaic, Elizabeth, etc.
Hudson County is becoming NJ's "Gold Coast"
State's recognition of smart growth as a strategy (good starting point, but let's do something about it)

Threats
Soaring costs of living
Deepening wealth gap
Just-as-good jobs and cheaper costs of living outside the region
We're nearing build-out
Transportation Trust Fund is drying up
Unsustainable land development and transportation policies (State Plan addresses this, but we need action in the municipalities)
Unwillingness to consolidate municipalities and municipal services
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Old 05-10-2007, 03:54 PM
 
Location: Danbury CT covering all of Fairfield County
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Northern Fairfield County, CT

Strengths
Promixity to NYC
Job Growth
Relative Affordable Housing Compared to lower Fairfield County and Westchester
Candlewood Lake
Protected Open Space
Large Hospital
Shopping

Weakness
High Rent so saving up to buy is hard if only 1 person working
Price of Homes for young and 1st time buyers
Downtown Danbury needs to be revitalized
Roads getting busier every year
Lack of Public Transportation
New construction geared only towards upper-end
So many other similiar sized cities eyeing growth in surrounding NYC area

Oppurtunties
Route 7 Bypass to be completed in 2009
Capitalize on loc to NYC and lower costs
Redevolpment of former industrial cities in Danbury
Devolpment in Bennett's Pond South Parcel in Ridgefield
Growing amount of ethic businesses along Main Street
New Police Station on North Main Street

Threats
Soaring costs of living
Deepening wealth gap
Youth leaving area for cheaper areas
Not much land left
Competing regions in NYC offering lower cost of living (Pike and Monroe County,PA)
Unwilingness to consolidate municipalities and services
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