The State of Downtown Harrisburg

Did anyone else catch that weird posting on the City of Harrisburg’s Facebook page the other day?  I’m not sure what to make of this.  It sounds out of character, but I’m sure it’s legit.  The post has since been deleted, but I’ve captured it below:

DUE TO UNFORTUNATE FINANCIAL CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND OUR CONTROL, THE CITY OF HARRISBURG WILL BE CLOSING IMMEDIATELY.  ALL WILD WEST ARTIFACTS, PARKING GARAGES, AND INCINERATORS ARE ONLY $4 EACH.  THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE TO GET A SOUVENIR BEAVER FOR ONLY $9 OR A MIDTOWN SINKHOLE FOR $15.

My first thought was that this was nothing more than a poorly-executed promotional gimmick.  I mean, come on — who doesn’t know that their city is on the verge of shutdown at least several months in advance?  Mayor Thompson may be dense, but even she’s been acknowledging that the city is in poor financial shape since before her first day in office.

But the more I thought about it, I began to realize that absolutely nobody is this classless.  Nobody is this mean.  Nobody has so much disregard for their neighbors that they’d resort to such a deplorable tactic.  The thought of faking a “going out of business” notice just to drum up business for the city is just vile and would shred whatever reputation the city had left.

So it’s pretty obvious at this point that the city isn’t fooling around.  Clearly this is an honest case of the city making a good-faith, last-ditch effort to drum up some revenue in order to pay final bills.  There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, and I’m certain they’ve done it with only the best intentions.  I implore my fellow Burgers to come out for one final Harrisburg Huzzah, as I am 100% confident that this is absolutely, positively, not a promotional stunt.

Unless they’re still open tomorrow, of course.