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Culture, what's that? Posted On: 5/9/2008 9:14:06 AM
Ask the general Williamsport citizen what culture is, and at least 85% of them will ask you what culture is. If you check out our schools they receive more funding per student than the national average, and the schools' teachers are great, but their is an apparent disregard for education in the area. Why? Because if you are one of the few that go to college and graduate, you move away. The main professional jobs in the area are doctors, teachers, and nurses. If you go to Penn Tech for nursing, you can guarantee yourself a job, doctors don't want to live here because the cost of malpractice insurance is ridiculous, and as far as teaching jobs...the area is virtually impossible to land a job. Teaching is like nursing in almost every state except PA because we have a college or two in every little city, and half of them graduate as teachers.
The schools cannot reflect what parents don't help with. If the average parent doesn't have an education than the student is already at a disadvantage. The population ranges from redneck to gangsters, and no they don't live in harmony.
Culture is not an issue in this area because most wouldn't appreciate it...they do love to drink their beers from a mason jar and go to a stupid mardis gras knock-off to show their assets that most wouldn't want to see anyway.
Billtown-do you really want to live here or visit Posted On: 5/9/2008 8:56:10 AM
Let me start with this little city that everyone calls little philly...why do they call little philly you may be asking yourself on the outside? Simple, a former mayor decided to bring the worst of Philly's population to Williamsport for rehabilitation purposes; however, they didn't rehabilitate and only added to the crime and drug problem and the total destruction of our downtown area.
Williamsport's one claim to fame is it started little league baseball and host the little league series once a year.
We have many places to shop and eat, but no one has any money so they charge it or live in a trailor to buy the fun things life has to offer.
The other positive thing about Williamsport is, if you have the money (are a professional which they are the minority job opportunities), you can live rather nicely here with the average house cost so low, just watch out where you buy your house! People like to have their indoor furniture on the front porch.
I hate to paint an indecent picture of the little city, but we are also surrounded by little town's that a a blip on a radar filled with a special population of rednecks that think Williamsport is the biggest city in the world. It is also the only city that sports the idea that the more rust and smoke that spews from your exhaust, the cooler you are.
Do you want to live here? If you are educated and can actually find a decent job...go for it! If you are moving here to become a skilled tradesman or a factory worker, forget it...unless the average of $7/hr. sounds great to you.