My friends say, "So! Binghampton is getting all fixed up, eh?" and I say, Zip. Zero. Nada. Nothing has been done. Could we at least have a connector from Sam Cooper where the two roads are yards apart? And don't bother going to that Duncan website.
The post office used to have both spellings on its window. I pointed it out to one clerk and he acted offended. Soon one version disappeared. Later the post office disappeared, after a bogus scare about its structural integrity.
Had my shop there since 1991, and have never been robbed at gunpoint.
It is important to have some commercial real estate with low rent, or you will lose a lot of useful if marginal businesses. Fix up Broad? Coffeehouses, trees, boutiques, and the rest? Where will we artists go then? Because we won't be on Broad!!
And diagonal parking.. we did away with that on Highland, at Normal-Buntyn, and here, a long time ago. People backing out into the traffic flow, good idea. Big 18-wheelers need Broad too. That's the real business being done in the neighborhood.
By Frank Murtaugh
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