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Two-way development downtown plausible, but trends die slowly

January 16, 2014

A well-known city developer, John Albarano II, leveled public criticism at the City of Williamsport last week, alleging that the administration and City Council have an unbalanced set of downtown......

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Jan-16-14 8:33 AM

I looked up the sold listings from williamsport properties for the last 6 months .. buildings in the tradesman blocks are not selling (except demolition to the non profits) or selling for a give away program, Our values are so down because of the perception of safety in these areas!Who is responsible for making our streets safe??We have never lost a tenant or a landlord yet but when we try to attract a good tenant u think we were asking them to move to downtown Detroit!! a muurder every 36 hours lol!!

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Jan-16-14 7:53 AM

While Mr. Albarano may have some legitimate points concerning the spread of public funds, he comes off as another rich guy who wants the public to fund his efforts. He is just ticked because there are others getting what he used to get.

However, he does have a valid point in that we should encourage development in areas leading to the traditional downtown area. This way you don't have this really nice and revitalized area that you have to enter from an area that looks more like Detroit than downtown Williamsport.

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Jan-16-14 3:24 AM

Absolutely none of this matters as long as Williamsport continues it's economic and sociological downward spiral.

And I, for one, don't have an answer as long as there is no new industry coming in, and lots of new implants from Philadelphia coming in.

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