What Can Scranton Be?

Scranton can be a city on a shining hill. It can be the stuff dreams are made of. The people only need to do one thing in order to bring this to pass. Before I say what that is, let me tell you a little about what the future of Scranton will be once the people do this little thing that they all can do.

Because…

Scranton can be a model for other cities. The Scranton people long for change and it is this longing that will fuel the inspiration to do better. We have countless of people here begging for work. They are not lazy! It is usually a problem of people not wanting to work when there is work available, but this is not a problem in Scranton. I met a young woman recently who was working a part time job in addition to working a full-time job to make sure her family had everything they wanted. I met another young lady who worked three part-time jobs to make ends meet. The people of Scranton are a hard working people. It is for this reason that any company would be lucky to employ a Scrantonian. Many people would have balked at the suggestion of working these tiring hours, but not Scrantonians. A friend of mine comes diligently to the local bar to fetch a beer then to go off to bed to wake up and work again. This sort of work ethic abounds in Scranton. In NYC, where I am from, you will find countless people who are content without working hard. Many jobs there are the sort where you can sit around and do nothing all day. I have met countless Scrantonians who dutifully maintain multiple jobs, sometimes to the early hours of the night. And somehow, they are not downtrodden or dejected, but are still able to keep a smile and go on.

Imagine…

Now, imagine Scranton where jobs abound. Imagine a Scranton where businesses fall over one another to open up here. The streets are paved and the sidewalks bristling. The gifts of technology are scarcely utilized in many cities but Scranton can be the first to utilize them all! Solar powered lamp post with LED lights, new homes that were made with 3D printers (yes the technology exist!), Drones that deliver you groceries to you, Markets, Museums, cafes, hotels and restaurants. The students in the surrounding regions will no longer need to fret about their job prospects. They will already have internships while they attend school and after they graduate a job will be insured. Those without a college degree need not worry because there are currently 3 million high skill jobs that need to be filled that do not require a college degree. There are programming boot camps that will teach you to program without charging you a cent! They will only charge you after you have graduating and obtain a job with the avg programming job paying between 70-90k. All of these sorts of things will be in Scranton.

The Secret

Now, I have told you what Scranton will be if the people of Scranton just do one thing. What is the one thing? The People of Scranton only need to believe. Yes, that is right. The people of Scranton must believe these things are achievable and they will be. When I was in Brooklyn, I saw firsthand how the entire place transformed once the people of Brooklyn believed. The attitude was “yes we can” and now Brooklyn rivals Manhattan. I say we can do one better. There was a time when Scranton was almost as great of a city as NYC. I say we can do one better. We will make Scranton better than NYC. All we need to do is believe. #Savescranton

 

Gary St. Fleur
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