The State of Downtown Harrisburg: Part 2

Good news, everybody!  I just received word from Mayor Thompson that due to a very fortunate change in circumstances, the city will NOT be shutting down as was announced yesterday via Facebook.

Granted, the notion that this was a publicity stunt seems far more likely than the possibility that the city suddenly found some magical happy-time cure-all solution that they forgot existed and that staved off closing for now.

Because otherwise, they’d just be a bunch of obnoxious pricks.

Change Ups to the Tweetups

At last week’s Tweetup, where we finally found the idea table arrangement, someone suggested making the get-togethers a little more regular.  We already have “the” Harrisburg tweetup on the third Wednesday of every month.  But there’s also #hbgugh (a lunch gathering) every Monday.  Jersey Mike suggested a weekly breakfast tweetup around 7am at rotating restaurants, and someone else suggested a bar crawl (love it).

Any thoughts?  Ideas?  I can’t make #hbgugh due to my work schedule, but I could make a breakfast gathering or two.  And the idea of a bar crawl is just great with no further explanation required.

Harrisburg Apartments, Day Five: Old City Hall

This is it.  A solid week of apartment hunting in midtown / downtown Harrisburg wraps up as of right now.  My last stop on the tour is Old City Hall, located across Walnut Street from the Capitol building.  The building was built in 1910 as a technical school, and remodeled for use as Harrisburg’s City Hall in the late 1920s.  In the late 1970s, during Harrisburg’s earliest attempts to revitalize downtown, the building was renovated into the apartments as you see them today.

Old City Hall is unique in that it is one of only two Harrisburg apartment buildings to be dominated by split-level loft apartments (the other being Simon Cameron School on Green).  Schoolhouse Apartments in Mechanicsburg has the same overall feel, but only has a handful of split-level units.  This is currently a niche market that Harrisburg desperately needs more of.  I’ll take a hardwood floor, exposed brickwork and structure, and an otherwise well-hidden exterior over any of the apartments I’ve looked at so far.  The Grayco may be the current frontrunner in class and character, but nothing screams living history like a 30′ ceiling 12-foot windows.

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