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Joe

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Dec 2, 2009
 

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YOU KNOW, SOMETIMES I CAN'T HELP BUT MAKE FUN OF GLASSPORT OR THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE THERE NOWADAYS. I WAS BORN AND RAISED IN GLASSPORT. It truly was the greatest town around. Everybody practically knew everyone else. The Glassport Police were very good men. Sure, when you got into a little trouble and they knew who you were, you would bitch a little.
No big deal. They would tell your parents and that was the end of it.Seldom would anyone get arrested unless it was warranted. Even if someone was walking home after drinking , they would leave you alone. Not today! You really can't blame them for what goes on in Glassport these days. Well, I take that back. Alot of times they ARE the problem!
But overall, in the fifties and sixties it was great.
Getting up into the seventies was when Glassport seemed to start to change. That was when alot of trash moved in. Today it is pretty much irreversable. People do not care about their property any more. The kids are little scumbags who could care less about the town or anything. Don't get me wrong, there are still alot of really good people ,but it is the jerks who make it bad for everyone else. I wish I could take all the good people and start a new town for them, then go back and bulldoze Glassport. Then send the trash back to wherever they came from!
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Dec 3, 2009
 
The town didnt go down the drain in the 70's. I left for the army in 1992 and the town was still in good shape. Since then, I have visited several times over the years and each time I see more and more crap. The town really started to hit the bottom once the hardcore drugs started to filter in. When did that happen, I dont know but it sure wasnt in the 1970s. Heck, when I left there were a few coke heads running around. They never really started trouble or committed any crimes. Nowadays, the crack heads are running the streets. The great memories I have of Glassport are now followed by sad stories.
Glassportman

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Dec 3, 2009
 
The problem, like all thing are from many different factors. The 70's probably stated the decline, because that is when industry left the region and people started to move away lowering a tax base and destroying the live, work, shop, in the same town model. The 80's saw the rise to big box stores, which closed small business. The most recent problem is that as our older population dies, their once proud hose is either left to rot by the families, put up for sheriffs sale, or sold to slum lords. Thus what we get is trash moving in instead of decent middle class families.

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Mckeesport, PA

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Dec 6, 2009
 
I don't think any body that has a choice is going to move to a town known for high cancer rates. This could be a nice town with a little cleaning up, but the nice view of the Mon looks and smells like a dump. If there were more outdoor activities around here, like access to the river, trails along the river, that could be an attractive lifestyle for people that care about what's going on around them. Just a thought. Maybe the new mayor could round up some volunteers for a few projects?
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Dec 6, 2009
 
Projects would be a idea, but what kind? What kind of projects can get people to break the trend of lack of involvement. Not everybody developed this trait, but you have to agree it is a plague. Whatever the projects may be, they need to stand out, be publicized. Then the community will want to be a part of it. I myself have no ideas at the moment, but all it takes is one persons crazy idea of something wild and it can go from there. The sky is the limit.
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Well talk is cheap as they say. There are many groups trying to do good thing in this town, and what they need the most is help and support. The Glassport Development Corporation is trying to start up again, we have the couple that have started on their own the Keep Glassport Clean Program, and many churches do community activities. Nothing is going to happen in this town unless you and I get off our butts and get out there to do something. I volunteered with the Glassport Parks and Rec Committee and we had a Pancake Breakfast as a fundraiser and we where lucky we got ten people who showed up for support. Many people in this town love to complain and take advantage of free stuff, but when it comes to rolling up the sleeves and getting dirty, no one wants to help out.
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yes i agree, But the on going and past programs are to benefit what- parks and recreation, lets face it they moved the playground three times, and hell no one uses it. Playgrounds are things of the past. They are replaced with technology, gaming, bike riding and other stuff. If the town could control people who litter, then the couple wouldn't have to keep Glassport clean.
Tigger Wood

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Dec 8, 2009
 
on the map wrote:
yes i agree, But the on going and past programs are to benefit what- parks and recreation, lets face it they moved the playground three times, and hell no one uses it. Playgrounds are things of the past. They are replaced with technology, gaming, bike riding and other stuff. If the town could control people who litter, then the couple wouldn't have to keep Glassport clean.
You are correct sir. No matter how much trash is picked up, no matter how many pancake breakfasts there are, no matter how many playgrounds, no matter how many frickin christmas decorations are at the honor roll, this town isn't and won't get any better unless real jobs come back to this town.
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Dec 8, 2009
 
Jobs are not coming back to this town. What are you waiting for a new steel plant to open up. That backwards thinking is the problem, we need to think in the now and stop looking back at 50's and 70's. People don't live, work, and shop in the same town anymore, that model is dead. You can bring in a massive plant with 4,000 jobs paying 30k to 60k and you would not get people moving in. People would work here, but then live in the South Hills, Washington Co., or any other area that is nicer then the Mon-Valley.

The town needs to change its image for young, educated, middle class families that want safe, clean towns with good schools and parks. It is stupid that the equipment has been moved so many times and it is a waste of money and I agree with that. Things are put together half assed in this town so many times. Just look at the Honor Roll, it is a joke. We have a borough sign that used car lots and pizza shops purchase. The Pittsburgh to DC bike trail that goes through Glassport has the worst reviews of any town, and now the borough sold part of the land for a bus company to park its fleet. Stupid, stupid mistakes and backwards thinking.

At lest groups doing parks and rec and cleaning up trash are doing something, what are you guys doing? I don't know you and you might help out a lot, but to me it seems you just complain and sit and wait for someone else or the government tit to save the town.

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Tigger Wood

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Dec 8, 2009
 
That is my point there...the jobs aren't coming back! Cleaning up the garbage and parks and rec stuff are nothing but "feel good" things that last a half hour or maybe an hour. It does nothing for the town in the long run to eliminate the empty lots or boarded houses or businesses, or attract businesses or shoppers to what is left of the business district. Jobs are the ONLY answer, and without them, this town is done. They aren't coming back and neither is this town or any of the ones around here that are run down. It's only going to be worse in the years ahead.
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Dec 8, 2009
 
Any word of any winning bids at the rite aid vacant building auction?
Glassportman

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Tigger Wood, Really!
You contradict yourself! You say jobs are not coming back and you agree with me there but then you say jobs are the only answer. So what is your answer to this problem, just let the town go to shit cause it is going to anyway. That is a fantastic idea! I am sorry, again I don't know you, but people like you really piss me off and you are the problem in this town. Do us all a favor and leave ASAP!
Let me ask you a question. If the town looks like shit and the parks are rusted out and over grown, why would anyone ever want to move here or put in a business here? A place like Mt Lebanon has no major industry or a huge job market, in fact I would say 90% of the people who live there don't work in Mt. Lebanon. People want to live there cause it is a clean, nice, safe, community. Now is Glassport able to become Mt. Lebanon, no, but we can do much better.
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Dec 9, 2009
 
G-port Gal

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Let's face it folks - Glassport has two populations of people: 1) the elderly, and 2.) trashy free loaders who eat Slim Jims and drink Turner's Iced Tea. Neither of these populations are able or willing to do much to better the community. So, Glassport will continue to deteriorate and rot into the ground until it becomes Braddock. I'll give it 20 years - tops.

Time to sell your house and move to the North Hills.
Bob

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Dec 11, 2009
 
If Glassport cannot attrach employers,there should be some sort of public transportation that takes people to the jobs. Mt. Lebanon and Bethel Park attract young working people to those communities because of the trolley. It is safe, clean, runs almost 24 hours a day and it is cheaper than driving to Pittsburgh and paying for parking. Glassport has low rents and low home prices, but it needs working people to increase the tax base. If there were cheap, safe, clean and reliable public transportation it could attract those people. I am not talking about buses on existing roads. Build a bus way, use the train rails or have a monorail run in to the Mon Valley. Some transportation that people would want to use.
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Tigger Wood wrote:
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You are correct sir. No matter how much trash is picked up, no matter how many pancake breakfasts there are, no matter how many playgrounds, no matter how many frickin christmas decorations are at the honor roll, this town isn't and won't get any better unless real jobs come back to this town.
And what are you doing in your daily life to make a difference in Glassport?? Probably nothing, Probably Zero!!!!
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Dec 28, 2009
 
Gyro wrote:
I don't think any body that has a choice is going to move to a town known for high cancer rates. This could be a nice town with a little cleaning up, but the nice view of the Mon looks and smells like a dump. If there were more outdoor activities around here, like access to the river, trails along the river, that could be an attractive lifestyle for people that care about what's going on around them. Just a thought. Maybe the new mayor could round up some volunteers for a few projects?
PROVIDE THE LINK THAT STATES THERE IS A HIGH CANCER RATE HERE!!!!
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Dec 30, 2009
 
Gyro wrote:
I don't think any body that has a choice is going to move to a town known for high cancer rates. This could be a nice town with a little cleaning up, but the nice view of the Mon looks and smells like a dump. If there were more outdoor activities around here, like access to the river, trails along the river, that could be an attractive lifestyle for people that care about what's going on around them. Just a thought. Maybe the new mayor could round up some volunteers for a few projects?
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HEY GYRO!!!! PROOVE TO ME THAT GLASSPORT HAS HIGH CANCER RATES!!
You made a comment, now provide the proof!
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Dec 31, 2009
 
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Blame this one on the great South Allegheny School Board. They would not release the property because of back school taxes so another one down the drain.
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