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Old 03-05-2019, 10:06 AM
 
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I was thinking, why couldn't Wheeling become the "Chattanooga" of the north? It is located between Pittsburgh, Columbus, and Cleveland and is along a very important highway (I-70). I know it has the casino and Highlands, but honestly so much more could be done there. Great potential! Historic district, proximity to some "mountains", and you could add to that with recreation assets and more development downtown.

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Old 03-05-2019, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (lovely hills but no ocean...)
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I've been saying this for years. It seems like before they go demolishing everything taking a step back is in order. The Highlands was a big waste of money that could've been spent rehabbing downtown. A sprawling mall of big box chains is like any other city, USA. My ancestors got off the ship and settled in Wheeling over 110 years ago. Sure the major industries are gone like steel, etc. Anyway, it's all easy for me to say right? Is the new mayor steering the city on the right track?
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Old 03-05-2019, 11:45 AM
 
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I grew up in the Wheeling area, and still have family there. As recently as the early 1980s, it was easily our state's most prosperous area, and it still has a large group of old money descendants of the wealthy industrial and tobacco barons who formed the backbone of heavy industry that once gave that area a middle class that was the envy of the world. Among other things, they endowed what is perhaps the world's best municipal park system that never stops improving itself. With the loss of jobs to globalism, also came the gradual loss of middle class population. The area is now less than half it's former glory in that regard.

But, I am convinced it still has tremendous upside. Although all of northern and eastern West Virginia has close proximity to large population centers, no place except Weirton is better situated than Wheeling in that regard. It also shares the sub cultural traits of high regard for education that is often not found in the state's more remote areas. Perhaps 1/3 of the amazing architectural heritage has been destroyed for parking lots and athletic fields by short sighted city leaders, but there is still the core there that would help make the area a good tourism attraction. Even the once prominent country music scene there still has strong roots. A minor resurgence of steel is taking place, and being located right in the middle of huge wet gas deposits bodes well for the area's future in terms of employment going forward.

If some of the area's many old money millionaires could be convinced to part with some investment money, I see no reason why a larger tourism footprint couldn't be established there.
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Old 03-05-2019, 11:16 PM
 
Location: Winfield, WV
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I see that Wheeling made a really nice upgrade to the facade and interior of the Wesbanco Arena, where the Wheeling Nailers play. And the city is also hosting the men's and women's MEC basketball tourney this week. That should be a nice influx of $. The only complaint i have heard is that there aren't many restaurants downtown for the hoops patrons. Maybe that's something Wheeling could change. Look at Huntington for example, the restaurant scene there is outstanding for a city of it's size, and they are all within a short walk from the Big Sandy Arena's front door.
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Old 03-06-2019, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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Wheeling (and Weirton/Steubenville) really need to better capitalize upon their positions relative to Pittsburgh now that Pittsburgh is undergoing a serious socioeconomic revival. I've visited both cities. I've enjoyed exploring Wheeling very much on foot. Weirton? Not so much. With that being said the 2 for $4 biscuit sandwich deal at Tudor's was scrumptious, and if I knew of more amenities in/around Weirton I'd certainly go there more frequently.

I'm inclined to agree with an earlier reply that emphasized historic preservation over urban sprawl to being essential for Wheeling's revitalization. Nobody from Pittsburgh is going to day-trip and spend their dollars in Wheeling to visit big-box stores and chain restaurants we already have. We WILL visit to stroll well-preserved historic neighborhoods, though.
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Old 03-06-2019, 04:13 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (lovely hills but no ocean...)
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Wheeling (and Weirton/Steubenville) really need to better capitalize upon their positions relative to Pittsburgh now that Pittsburgh is undergoing a serious socioeconomic revival. I've visited both cities. I've enjoyed exploring Wheeling very much on foot. Weirton? Not so much. With that being said the 2 for $4 biscuit sandwich deal at Tudor's was scrumptious, and if I knew of more amenities in/around Weirton I'd certainly go there more frequently.

I'm inclined to agree with an earlier reply that emphasized historic preservation over urban sprawl to being essential for Wheeling's revitalization. Nobody from Pittsburgh is going to day-trip and spend their dollars in Wheeling to visit big-box stores and chain restaurants we already have. We WILL visit to stroll well-preserved historic neighborhoods, though.
Yes to the above. Gosh anyone in Wheeling or Pittsburgh area should at least once check out the monthly variety show at Victoria Theater, built 1905. Hank Williams Sr. played there in the 1950s. It's inexplicably fun. $2 beer and popcorn made in a vintage machine. March 16 next show Earl Brown dresses as Elvis, etc. http://www.victoria-theater.com/
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Old 03-06-2019, 09:26 PM
 
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I see that Wheeling made a really nice upgrade to the facade and interior of the Wesbanco Arena, where the Wheeling Nailers play. And the city is also hosting the men's and women's MEC basketball tourney this week. That should be a nice influx of $. The only complaint i have heard is that there aren't many restaurants downtown for the hoops patrons. Maybe that's something Wheeling could change. Look at Huntington for example, the restaurant scene there is outstanding for a city of it's size, and they are all within a short walk from the Big Sandy Arena's front door.
In the 80s, Wheeling had those amenities in spades, but it is only recently starting to recover from a lengthy period of decline (the downtown area near the arena). If attendees are willing to take a short drive, however, they can find an amazing array of great dining options. Although there are 6 higher education institutions in the area, none of them are medium sized such as is present in Huntington's downtown and none of them are located in the downtown area. They are at a disadvantage in that regard, but there are a number of businesses locating in that area, and also a movement toward greater population density there too. Look for Wheeling to be progressively more competitive going forward.
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Old 03-12-2019, 05:44 AM
 
Location: Winfield, WV
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I have been wanting to make another trip to Wheeling but can never seem to find the time for it.
Maybe next March I can make it up for the MEC tourney
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Old 03-12-2019, 06:20 AM
 
Location: Arlington, VA
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It's centrally located but at this point I am not sure what the draw would be. Are people from Pittsburgh or Cleveland really going to drive to Wheeling to just walk around historic neighborhoods that they have an abundance of in their own backyard? Shopping likely isn't a huge draw either (other than Cabela's- my uncle still drives from Pgh to go there) as I believe there is no sales tax on clothes in Pennsylvania. Chatanooga and Knoxville are somewhat of the gateway to the Smoky Mountains for Metro Atlanta but there aren't really any destination type mountains in and around Wheeling- I'd think people form Pittsburgh are more likely to go towards Seven Springs or Deep Creek Lake. Casinos? Pittsburgh's got em. Same with Ohio. I guess perhaps Oglebay could be expanded but Nemacolin south of Pittsburgh is a much nicer resort. It's a nice thought though- maybe one day they can come up with something to be bring in the masses. I like the sound of the theater with $2 beers referenced above!
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Old 03-14-2019, 11:44 AM
 
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Wheeling is a lot smaller than Chattanooga. It also has suffered a lot more, given its disproportionate dependency on steel etc.


Chattanooga has had some relatively big gets business wise. I hope Wheeling turns around, but I don't see anything to reflect that.
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