Erin: When I pull around the alley to park behind my York apartment, I always hit some major pot holes. I’ve had enough car problems in the alley. I don’t need another flat tire or for my alignment to get out of whack. I try my best to avoid the concrete canyons, but when another car is on the street, it’s almost impossible. There are a lot of things I like about living downtown, but there are things — potholes included — that could be improved. Twenty-somethings pay taxes, too! What would you fix about your community? Better lighting? More green space? An accident-preventing stoplight? Share ideas on the new Fix York County blog.
Jess: I would add some younger-than-21 night life options for southern York County. Yes, I know I’m partial because I live in that area and grew up in that area. So I know what it’s like on a Friday night when you’re trekking to York, Hanover, Lancaster, Gettysburg, Harrisburg, Baltimore or elsewhere to see a concert or just go to a cool coffee shop. Whenever I go to Shrewsbury’s Starbucks on a weekend night, it seems to be packed with teens who just want a place to hang out. More coffee shops, a bowling alley, a skating rink, a movie theater or a bookstore would be great places for teens (and families) to mingle.
Sarah: I’m already a York fan (check out reasons why). But sometimes I wish for more green space downtown, within walking distance of my apartment. I like being able to walk to Central Market, restaurants, bars, friends’ apartments — but I like nature, too. I also sometimes wish businesses had more working-adult-friendly hours. When shops are only open market hours or until 5, it’s hard for me to patronize them.
Stephanie: I wish the city was more friendly toward alternative transportation. There is a bus stop near my house, but it would take me an extra half an hour to get to work if I hopped on it. I ride my bike when I can, but most drivers don’t seem to know how to share. There is one street with a bike lane (King Street), but I mainly travel north and south, not east. The rail trail is a great way to travel south, but it ends in the middle of the city. There is a new law requiring a four-foot berth when passing cyclists, which is great, but probably won’t help the general congestion of the streets.