Mayor Campana fought tooth and nail to get a Kohl's store in downtown Williamsport. Even I was a naysayer, figuring that the deal would fall through at the last minute or that the store would not be popular. So far, the downtown has seen a great renaissance thanks to mayor Campana's efforts.
However, it seems that every time a new restaurant decides to open in our area it locates either on the "Golden Strip" or near the Lycoming Mall. A long-awaited Longhorn Steakhouse is in the planning stages and yep it's going to be next to the mall which means that a great many potential customers will have to drive 15 miles or more to enjoy it. What about Williamsport, Mr. Mayor?
What about the west end, which has virtually nothing in the way of restaurants or shopping? Why should everyone be forced to drive to the mall, especially with gas prices going up, never down?
There is plenty of open space in the city the area along West 4th Street which once was to be home to a movie theater complex and is still filled with run down, eyesore, vacant houses could become a vibrant commercial zone, especially with the new housing to be built on Memorial Avenue and Penn College nearby.
The downtown is not the only area that needs business and something for the people.
It's way past time for our leaders to revitalize the entire city not just the CBD.
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