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 Three: Towne House

I’ve spent the past few days looking at Harrisburg apartments.  My criteria have been pretty straightforward from the beginning:

  • Anywhere downtown or midtown, within a half mile of Restaurant Row, Riverfront Park, and the train station
  • Mid-rise, hi-rise, or townhome
  • Less than $1,000 / month after parking, utilities, and rent

So far I’ve looked at The Grayco and Pennsylvania Place.  Today I’m heading to the opposite side of downtown to visit Towne House.

At 20 stories, Towne House is the second-tallest residential hirise in Harrisburg.  It was built in 1961 and was formerly a mixture of hotel rooms and apartments.  Today the hotel rooms have been converted into studios and the building is entirely residential.

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Another Midtown Attack

One of Sunday’s attacks happened at the intersection of Second and Union Streets, which is awfully close to downtown. ABC27 has the story; if anyone else covered it, I hadn’t noticed.

For the record, I still don’t feel that downtown — or midtown, for that matter — is unsafe. I think this is a surge in crime due to factors that can be debated in volumes. While there may be different groups of criminals at work, I do believe that all of the assaults are related in at least some passing way. I think it’s somewhat obvious that this started with a Group Of Bored Kids deciding to kick their shenanigans up to the criminal level a few times. Then Their Friends heard about it and did the same, and now Some Guys From Elsewhere have read about it and joined in the fray.

Second and Union is not a bad part of town. But it’s a half block off Forster and a stone’s throw from Restaurant Row. What happens if this creeps up to Second and State?  I know a lot of downtown revelers have basically ignored the attacks and kept on partying.