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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Binghamton: Why I Stay?

One of the most frequent questions I hear is "why do you stay?" 

What is it about Binghamton that keeps me here? The children are grown so the common response, "I don't want to uproot them", no longer applies. I am a renter so there is no mortgage and homeowner responsibilities holding me back. Finally, I am currently between jobs. In fact, commonsense would dictate that I would have better luck finding employment in a more economically secure community. I am free to move anywhere I want; but even without these normal ties, I simply do not want to.

There is something about Binghamton that tugs at the heart. It is difficult to pinpoint one specific reason. It could be the increased vibrancy of the downtown core or the prospect of so many new businesses opening up. Maybe it is the increase in the amount of people with smiles walking the sidewalks. Yes, even the influx of students downtown have had a positive effect on my love for Binghamton.

However, no matter what the reason, I love Binghamton. I enjoy writing this blog and promoting all that makes me smile about our city. It is the often overlooked events, businesses, nonprofit organizations that reinforce my love for this area. It is the ever changing landscape; the revitalization process in all its glory. Finally, it is all of you that keep me going.

Knowing that there are others that hold this place we call home dear is definitely a contributing factor. For that, I say thank you.


11 comments:

  1. We left Binghamton 10 years ago and have never looked back most of our family extended family and friends have left. Binghamton has too many empty delapitated buildings or empty lots where they use to be. Many that still are there are so because they have no way out. The rest are planning on leaving and aggressively working towards that goal. It is not the Binghamton I grew up in. The major employers ae the hospitals and that's sad so really why do you stay most have moved on to better jobs that pay more better weather and nicer people to be around and work with because they aren't so stressed out. Your hospitals advocate tattling on their fellow employees something unique to the Binghamton area really who needs that on top on high taxes and bad weather so why do you stay

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    1. As you said, you left 10 years ago. It is a shame that so many gave up on Binghamton rather than stay and take part in its resurgence. Within the last decade we have seen once vacant store fronts filled, downtown bustling with new businesses, residents and visitors. No, it is not back to its glory days of old. Honestly, it never will be. It is a forward progression. A very positive one and I am glad to be living here to be a part of it.

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    2. I have been back since and would still not consider staying and still have friends trying to leave. If it has made such a come back they wouldn't be wanting out

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    3. People like you are the problem - Glad to see you go, take your friends with you!

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    4. People like you are the reason people leave how rude

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  2. We, too, live Binghamton. My husband and I moved home 11 years ago and love being part of the transformation of the area! We love the college town feel, raising our daughter here and spending our Fridays downtown at cozy joints like Water Street Brewing Co. Even on this cold, gloomy Winter's morning there is no place I would rather call home. Keep the positive energy flowing.

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    1. Thank you Katherine for the comment. We all need to work together to continue moving Binghamton forward for, not only ourselves, but for our neighbors and families.

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  3. I have a brother and sister who still live there and constantly complain about ever rising taxes, lack of new business and ever increasing prices. It sounds like you live on Fantasy Island not Binghamton NY...

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  4. Patti - you are the best! I've been coming down to Binghamton since the early 90's, made it permanent in 2007.

    I love the ease of driving, the good weather here (it's much better here than in other parts of NYS) and the scenery. Don't forget about the people too!

    Yes, the pace if growth leaves much to be desired, but it is happening, regardless of what the "haters" say.

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    1. We are not haters Binghamton will always be my home town but is not the best place to live nor the most economically friendly place. Sales tax and income tax along with property taxes are thru the roof. When we bought our house in Missouri they told us the property taxes would be $320 we said per month and they looked at us like we had 2 heads and said no per year. On our house in Binghamton our taxes were $410 per month. So why the higher taxes?? Our roads are better than binghamtons, schools are comparable utilities run half as much. When we moved it was like getting an $8,000 raise a year because everything was so much cheaper. So you see it's not hate it's a matter of economics and of course being able to see the sun everyday. So why do you stay and may so much more to live when there are other places to live that offer no state income tax, better weather, much much lower utility rates and much lower property taxes for the same municipal services? To me it doesn't make sense to keep trying to just " survive" when you can move make the same amount in salary, sometimes more have better weather, and lots more money in your wallet to be able to do things and enjoy life and to live life not just exist

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  5. I just moved back because I see nothing but opportunity and potential here. My family and I have too much history here and this area has too much history to be abandoned. Every community has a development and depression cycle. We're overdue for our rising. I am invested in pouring my gifts and skills to help others rise up.

    Growing up here, I know exactly how dismal or limited life can feel. But, it doesn't have to be that way. Nothing can happen and grow if we're not happening and growing together. There is a dramatic transformation possible and there's less and less room for anyone who is resistant or committed to being negative about the area. There is a bright future we are creating together. If someone is happy elsewhere, then that's great. If people grow up and leave that's great too. If people want to stay that's great. If people feel stuck, I hope I can help them move towards whatever goal they feel is right for them. Our only responsibility is to follow our heart.

    Everything frustrating about the area has a solution and opportunity to improve. We've got a lot of work to do and it's important to mastermind, fellowship, and collaborate with the people willing to hold the vision. I'm glad to continue meeting people who are open and invested in how fertile this soil and time is in the Renaissance of Parlor City. I'm continuing to meet people who are willing and planning to move back and invest in the area within the next 5-10 years.

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