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Old 03-12-2007, 08:49 AM
 
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I am glad to hear that it is still on the books.
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Old 03-13-2007, 10:48 AM
 
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There are not many residents here in Scranton that are happy about it. The minority of the residents are for it but for the most part the residnts are against it due to the influx of undesirables that will most certainly follow.
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Old 03-13-2007, 02:18 PM
 
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<<There are not many residents here in Scranton that are happy about it. The minority of the residents are for it but for the most part the residnts are against it due to the influx of undesirables that will most certainly follow.>>

I'm not sure if that will happen or not. Where my sister lives in upstate NY, the towns that are on the train line, like Cold Spring and Beacon are quite vibrant and nice. Newburg, NY, is on the other side of the Hudson, and not on the train line, and it is an absolute hell hole. Trust me, it's far worse than Scranton. Poughkeepsie is the last stop on the Hudson line, and it is also a hell hole like Newburg, just much bigger.

So, I guess the point of all of this is that I'm really not sure what impact the train line would have on Scranton. I can say that it's had a tremendously positive impact on Beacon and Cold Spring, which would otherwise be forgettable little towns. Apparently it has not had a positive impact on Poughkeepsie, but I also can't say that it's responsible for Poughkeepsie's demise. It may have always been a dump.

Your theory may have some creedance though. Perhaps just taking a look at what happened in the Poconos is good surrogate for what will happen to Scranton. As the commute time becomes longer, in this case about twice the commute time from Cold Spring, the less attractive it becomes to white collar/professional types who can afford to live in towns closer to the city.
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Old 03-13-2007, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Drama Central
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I agree, the longer the commute the less likely anyone with a good job or at least a career will find that the smaller towns in NJ and east Pa will be more suited to their nedds and the trash will find the train a easy way to get in and out with their drugs and crime. Its a shame but I feel that the train not being a express and the amount of stops between here a Hoboken will undoubtly be reasons that commuters will not find our area attractive.
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