If there has ever been a single question that has been thrown at me over the course of the last two decades, it has been "What make Binghamton so special that you continue to live there?" Granted, in some respects this is a valid question. There are just as many reasons to leave the area as there are to stay ~ lack of jobs, rising taxes, cuts in city services, etc. However, the one thing that never comes up is the main reason why I love this city so much. It is the people.
Binghamton has its share of both lovers and haters. Both of which is why I refuse to give up on this town. Let's get the haters out of the way first.
Oh, the haters ~ those that always have something negative to say about everything and everyone when it comes to Binghamton. In some respect, you can't help but give them credit. They provide the fuel that stokes the fire under the rest of us. Without them, every renovation project would go unnoticed; every public event would receive less publicity; and the impetus to move Binghamton out of the 19th Century would be lost. I will give them credit in agreeing with them that Binghamton was more prosperous back in the 1950's. However, so was the rest of America. Just as the nation is moving forward, so must Binghamton.
Enough about the negative nellies out there; on to the lovers of Binghamton. They are the group of people who work both publicly and behind the scenes in revitalizing Binghamton's collective spirit. The lovers are a very diverse group of residents who look beyond their socio-economic differences and embrace a common love for this city and its people. They don't wear rose-colored glasses but rather see Binghamton for what it was, what it is and what it can be. They place no limitations on their ideas on how to make this a liveable city for all. Setbacks or unforeseen circumstances are used as learning tools for their next idea rather than roadblocks.
Binghamton is on the right path to being a great place to live, work and visit. It is rich in history and full of promise.