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.

Harrisburg Retail: When Are We Going Cheap?

There are three indoor malls located within a ten-minute radius of downtown Harrisburg (four if you generously count Strawberry Square).  There are several dozen strip malls (“Outdoor Lifestyle Enrichment Centers” if you want to use the corporate-speak term).  We have countless standalone stores and probably, by my admittedly-rough estimates, about 85% capacity of saleable retail space.  Yet Central PA still has yet to see any real “cheap retail” come fluttering in.

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