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Smart Talk: Brighter days ahead for downtown York?; NPR's David Greene

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Sep 17, 2015 9:52 AM

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What to look for on Smart Talk Thursday, September 17, 2015:

American cities have had to reinvent themselves over the past 40 years.  At one time, the downtowns of cities and larger towns were where one could find most of the jobs, shopping, and entertainment.

For today's successful cities, there's still of element of the past, although you're unlikely to find large manufacturers or department stores like you would in 1975.

Today, government and service jobs dominate and the arts, restaurants, and small shops are what bring people downtown.

Downtown York has had its ups and downs.  The prevailing thought now is the downtown is improving and attracting new business and destinations that could people downtown.

York Daily Record Business Reporters Gary Haber and Brett Sholtis appear on Thursday's Smart Talk to discuss what's happening businesswise in downtown York and York County.


York Daily Record Business Reporters Brett Sholtis and Gary Haber

Also, NPR Morning Edition Host David Greene joins us to talk about growing up with WITF and his career as a journalist.

Greene graduated from Lancaster's McCaskey High School, went onto Harvard, and to work as a journalist for the Baltimore Sun before becoming NPR's White House and Moscow correspondent.

Greene always has great stories to tell.


NPR's David Greene

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  • notfromyork img 2015-09-17 09:30

    I lived downtown in the Lofts in York up until a few years ago and the problem I had with downtown is that stores and the Central Market weren't open past noon on Saturdays and at all on Sundays. So as somebody who wanted to do things downtown there wasn't enough open. People only feel safe when there's a lot of people around and the few restaurants that are open were spaced out to the point of not feeling like there were a lot of people there.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-09-17 09:39

    Terrence emails:

    Curious Brett & Gary's impressions on York as a Tourist/tourism destination - how it can brand itself other than "Snack Food Capital" or "Factory Tour Capital" of U.S. - movements by local tour factions, i.e. - arts, York County Heritage Trust and proposed relocation.

    "The Crossroads of America's Progress" a tagline by owner of Imagineer Heritage Services.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-09-17 09:39

    Thomas from Manheim Twp. Lancaster emails:

    york just like lancaster, harrisburg, lebanaon and any city cannot revive itself without creating family sustaining jobs.

    i work in lancaster city, and i see pan handlers, filth, and drugs.

    real estate taxes drive out property owners.
    regulations strangle business.
    why pay to park and then walk three blocks to where you are going.

    i feel that the leaders have blinders on, a city does not revive itself with convention centers, boutique hotel, bars, and ball fields

    you create a vibrant city with family sustain jobs, industrial blue collar jobs, good schools, and moderate taxes.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-09-17 10:09

    Sandra emails:

    I would like to hear everyone's opinions on what I consider a very relevant issue that I NEVER hear anyone discuss, and that is the suppressed wages in the York area. Simultaneously, rents have become very inflated!

    Right now, I am registered with 5 employment agencies in this area, and the jobs that I have been made aware of through these agencies are always in the 10-11 dollar per hour range. Recently, I called a couple of these agencies to have a conversation about this issue, and those whom I spoke with agreed that this is a widespread problem.

    By contrast, when recently I started applying for jobs in a rural, small town area of Wisconsin, I found that starting wages are consistently higher overall than wages in the York area. Specifically, a rural Wisconsin town of 5,000 could offer jobs with reasonable, realistic starting wages.

  • Scott LaMar img 2015-09-17 13:16

    Phil says...
    The main thoroughfares into downtown York, especially the northern bypass, is a an ugly intro. to York. Compare and contrast with what Lanc. City has achieved with their bypass and roads into the city.