I try my best to keep a positive outlook and to promote how great Binghamton is; just like all the other Facebook community pages regarding the Binghamton area. However, over the last few days a link to a poll naming Binghamton as the Nation's most downbeat city (Link here) has resurfaced. After the 20th time seeing it being shared on my news feed, I am compelled to say something.
First of all, this article is over a year and a half old. The Gallup poll it references was taken in 2011 right after our last flood. We were all downbeat at that time whether we were directly affected or not. So honestly, let's put things in the right perspective.
Perpetuating a negative attitude rather than a positive one does nothing to make those who are trying to better the city and the lives of its residents work any harder. What it does is play right into the hands of those who want to see Binghamton brought back to the 1950's which is totally unrealistic. In order for the city to grow and flourish, it must work on those things that need improvement; such as crime, economic development, infrastructure, while at the same time promote the things that have improved over the last several decades.
Binghamton will never be Mayberry and I do not believe that many of us want it to be. Too many people complain online about what they perceive as being wrong with Binghamton. When confronted, they are quick to admit that either they haven't ventured from their neighborhood into the downtown core in years or they no longer live within the city limits.
I realize that my writing this post is probably not going to have much of an effect; as the saying goes, "Haters are going to hate". However, I refuse to believe that I am the only one that disagrees with this poll. What shocks me the most is the silence from those that do believe in Binghamton and all that is today and can offer in the future.