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Old 01-22-2015, 08:45 AM
 
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Many cities in PA, such as Philly, Pit, Allentown, Bethlehem are going through downtown revilalizations. a lot of new upscale apartments being build downtown, etc. why isn't the same thing happening in harrisburg? and will it soon? i'd imagine a lot of people work in downtown harrisburg. won't this lead to demand for apartment living closer to these jobs?
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Old 01-22-2015, 08:48 AM
 
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Because it's in the middle of nowhere and the only "industry" to speak of is state politics?
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Old 01-22-2015, 02:08 PM
 
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Backwards and behind the times, just look at the current PA license plates, terrible design and color and we all thought "You've Got a Friend in Pennsylvania" themed license plates was the end of it. All coming out of Harrisburg.
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Old 01-22-2015, 02:27 PM
 
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A lot of people do work in downtown, and there are some who want to live close to the highly urban area around the state capitol.

I haven't lived in the area long, I do work downtown but I don't live here, nor would I.

The downtown area isn't very safe and there is absolutely no place to park. I like a home/apartment with some yard space or walking area because I have a dog. That barely exists downtown.

Aside from all that the City of Harrisburg is pretty much broke. It takes money to revitalize. Developers apparently don't come here for various reasons (I have my suspicions, but I'll keep them to myself). And to revitalize many folks would need to be relocated - where do they go?

There are some buildings where it looks like someone was trying to do some revitalization but apparently they went bust before it ever really got going.
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Old 01-23-2015, 09:07 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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All of the above.
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Old 01-23-2015, 09:30 AM
 
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I concur with everything else previously said. Plus it is very overpriced to do some of the simplest things.
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Old 01-23-2015, 09:58 AM
 
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Because it's in the middle of nowhere and the only "industry" to speak of is state politics?
Its metro also a logistics base area for the BosWash corridor (just getting the 3rd and 4th Amazon warehouses, for example, check out all the other monster warehouses from the air) with 3 Fortune 1000 hq's. Plus I've seen kids collecting money in cans in Bergen County, NJ, to give to the local ever expanding medical complex. Penn State Dance Marathon | For the Kids!

City-limits redevelopment hasn't really resumed after the recession though, to the same extent as elsewhere, perhaps due to a collapse of an excess of what turned out to be the wrong form of overleveraged ambition. Former Mayor Stephen R. Reed is under fire for Harrisburg's debt | PennLive.com
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Old 01-23-2015, 03:04 PM
 
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Because people with money, and any lick of common sense, left the city for suburbs like Lancaster, Mechanicsburg, and Hershey. Harrisburg, like so many other PA cities, killed their downtown with their anti-business attitude. It's unfortunate, but it could have been prevented.
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Old 01-25-2015, 06:27 PM
 
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Because it's in the middle of nowhere and the only "industry" to speak of is state politics?
Obviously your not from the Harrisburg area.
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Old 01-25-2015, 06:30 PM
 
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Harrisburg is near Lancaster, York, and Reading. Individually, these metro areas only have about 500k people a piece. But if you consider them all one area, that is a lot of people living around there. Close to 2 million. I wouldn't say this is 'middle of nowhere'. Plus Harrisburg is less than 2 hours from Philly and same with Baltimore. State politics does dominate the Harrisburg region obviously but they also have headquarters around there for some big time companies, including Rite Aid and Hershey. I think South Central PA is underrated in terms of how populated it is. Am I right?
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