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Old 07-10-2015, 04:33 PM   #21
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What's your take on Braddock, PA? Does the "turnaround" still have legs or that wishful thinking from the mayor's work so far?

I actually lived there for a bit about 8 years ago or so. It's kind of an odd situation out there. There is a lot of wishful thinking and empty promises. When I was there, there was a huge influx of arty folks from all over the world which was pretty cool. That lasted maybe a year at best, all of those original people are long gone, except one I can think of, and she's pissed. She somehow got suckered into buying a bank building, thinking the mayor had all this free money to pass around for people to fix stuff up.

There are finally a couple new businesses popping up, which may help some. But it really seems like a pipe dream for most. I was working on a project out there this past winter. It is going to be the first restaurant there in years. Some big wig chef sold off all his other projects and is starting a new place out there. Which is strange. He does super high dollar, high end fancy stuff, that i don't really see the people who live there buying.


It might work out in the end, but overall I'm pretty skeptical.
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Old 07-10-2015, 04:57 PM   #22
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I actually lived there for a bit about 8 years ago or so. It's kind of an odd situation out there. There is a lot of wishful thinking and empty promises. When I was there, there was a huge influx of arty folks from all over the world which was pretty cool. That lasted maybe a year at best, all of those original people are long gone, except one I can think of, and she's pissed. She somehow got suckered into buying a bank building, thinking the mayor had all this free money to pass around for people to fix stuff up.

There are finally a couple new businesses popping up, which may help some. But it really seems like a pipe dream for most. I was working on a project out there this past winter. It is going to be the first restaurant there in years. Some big wig chef sold off all his other projects and is starting a new place out there. Which is strange. He does super high dollar, high end fancy stuff, that i don't really see the people who live there buying.


It might work out in the end, but overall I'm pretty skeptical.
Thanks for the update. So you worked on that restaurant? I don't understand that move, either. I've been hearing it both ways on the revival, and I think you nailed it. Time will tell.
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Thanks for the update. So you worked on that restaurant? I don't understand that move, either. I've been hearing it both ways on the revival, and I think you nailed it. Time will tell.

Yeah, I signed on as a framing sub for a bit. Last I heard the project was on hold until they secure some more funding. They're really not holding anything back there, which I can appreciate I guess.

But yeah,Ike you said, time will tell on the revival. My girlfriend works for my electrician and they have been doing a bunch of work at the old abandoned mill. They're converting it to solar and tying it into the system. It originally had its own stand alone steam power plant.
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That turnaround effort is at least ten years on at this point, right?

I'd also like to know how that's going. If the answer is, "well" then I'd like to import that mayor to Camden.
I would say 20 years off. I don't think many here know what trenton is like

Land is worth $0, anything you put on that land will disappear in an hour or less. At least in Camden there are a few nice places, Trenton not so much
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Pssh - that think is just a few cans of Flex Seal and a Glade Plug-In or three away from a windfall. Man that open house would be fun...
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I would say 20 years off. I don't think many here know what trenton is like

Land is worth $0, anything you put on that land will disappear in an hour or less. At least in Camden there are a few nice places, Trenton not so much
Not what one would consider a "nice" place but it was a great place to hang when I lived in South Philly. Ever been there?

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looks like the deck rotted out and took the post with it?
Looks like the deck rotted out and took the house with it!
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It either has a very large skylight or it's missing a roof. I love the way the light cascades down to the 1st floor through the missing second floor

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