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Old 12-12-2011, 05:47 PM
 
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hey! Semi-new to the thread here. I am also semi new to Lancaster City and so far I'm in love with it. Its got everything that a larger city has imo. I was just wondering what some peoples takes are on its recent downtown renaissince its currently undergoing. From what I have heard, there wasnt much to it only a few years back. It looked very ghostly with minimal businesses and pedestrians.

Do you see any new high rises/skyscrapers being added to the citys sklyine within the next 10 years? the city lines extending further out? I ask this because Id love to witness my new city that I intended on sticking around with for a little , grow and prosper into what it truly has the potential to be.
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Old 12-13-2011, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Downtown Harrisburg
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I really like what downtown Lancaster is doing, and I think they're poised to become the dominant city in the Harrisburg / York / Lancaster trio. The problem I see is that they're surrounded by rural countryside and a strong "the way things were" mentality. These will severely hamper future development to the tune of "why do we need a residential hirise when there are plenty of sensible rural apartments for rent a mere 30 minutes from downtown".

But I'd love to be proven wrong.
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Old 12-13-2011, 11:29 AM
 
Location: Philly
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it's a lot more bustling than when I first visited several years ago...then it was cutesy but mostly dead...it definitely seems to be heading in the right direction, poor political decisions notwithstanding (I'm looking at you, lancaster station debacle)
downtown-doesn't lancaster city control its own fate with regards to building heights? personally I doubt there will be a lot of highrise construction, maybe some midrises, but I think a lot of growth will come from renovating older properties and filling in the areas near the college and train station. If I were a developer I'd buy the car dealership next to the station and put in midrise apartments.
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Old 12-22-2011, 09:18 PM
 
Location: Kittanning
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What is the "Lancaster station debacle"?
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Old 12-23-2011, 05:34 PM
 
Location: Philly
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What is the "Lancaster station debacle"?
they spent 14 million moving dirt around in the parking lot, building fancy bus shelters for buses that are poorly routed and underused, fixing up office space, and they forgot to include money for the passenger facilities so the second busiest station in the state has peeling plaster and paint. some of it was good...like platform canopies, etc, but it was extremely poorly managed by the city..the same city that claimed the trolley was too expensive and built a giant transit garage ($18.5m)right in the heart of town. I think the city will do well in spite of municipal incompetence though
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