blogHarrisburg Forums

In a few more days, we’ll throw the switch on the shiny new blogHarrisburg forums located at  We’re doing this to help address the growing mountain of criticism that seems to be constantly levelled at another unnamed forum (I’ll refer to them as the other “Popular Local” forum to help protect their anonymity).  Before doing so, I’d like to hear your thoughts or opinions on what the forums should be.

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No Free Drinks at Hollywood Casino

Once again, the local blogging community scoops the Patriot — check out the review over at HarrisburgNightlife.

Effective 10am tomorrow (Tuesday, 2/12/08) morning, Hollywood Casino at Penn National Racetrack is open for business.  That is, of course, provided the slot machines pass today’s audit with flying colors. (According to the Patriot-News, they have passed and are on-schedule to open tomorrow.)  Route 743 was completely gridlocked Friday night, but had apparently cleared up for Saturday and Sunday’s crowds.  Comments I’ve heard from people who were there for the VIP event:

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Downtown Closure

I was just thinking about how many downtown venues have come and gone in the post-Vault era of downtown Harrisburg, and I was surprised by my realization.  Since the opening of 5:01, we’ve averaged just over 1.5 venues per year flaming out.  It’s been said before, and it will be said again, but this rapid-fire open / close / rename / reopen / refail / close strategy is going to be the end of downtown. Continue reading Downtown Closure

Water & Gas in Harrisburg

With the real estate market still failing and my own home nearly paid off, I’ve been looking at moving to a nicer area and building my own home.  So I’ve been looking around at building lots in Harrisburg and the surrounding area.  I found a few that were in both decent neighborhoods and my price range, and my realtor is looking into whether or not I can build what I have in mind there.  But there’s one question I haven’t been able to get a straight answer to:

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