Will A New Face In The Mayor’s Office Improve Harrisburg’s Image?

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Dauphin County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Dauphin County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Editor’s note: YES!  We would like to see Eric Papenfuse win the November election.  It’s time to restore someone with business acumen to the office of the mayor in Harrisburg.  Eric is an excellent businessman and has been a leader in helping to revitalize Midtown Harrisburg.  Eric’s bookstore, Midtown Scholar, is one of the anchors of the new Midtown.

When major financial news organizations send reporters to a city the size of Harrisburg to cover the election for mayor, it usually means things haven’t been going well.

That was evidenced Tuesday night, as a Reuters news dispatch described Mayor Linda Thompson‘s defeat in the Democratic primary. The story began, “The embattled mayor of Pennsylvania’s financially crippled capital of Harrisburg was ousted on Tuesday…”

Embattled.  Financially crippled.  Harrisburg.

No matter who wins in November, the city’s next mayor must repair Harrisburg’s badly damaged brand, and that could be one of the most formidable aspects of the job.

Read more:  http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2013/05/harrisburg_mayor_thompson_pape.html#incart_m-rpt-2

Harrisburg’s Population Dips Since 2010, Census Bureau Says

Harrisburg has lost a few residents since the beginning of the decade, according to new 2012 population estimates released Thursday from the U.S. Census Bureau.

It’s hardly a mass exodus by any means, but Pennsylvania’s capital city has lost 249 residents since 2010, according to census estimates.  In 2012, Harrisburg’s city population stood at 49,279, a decline of 0.5 percent.

Harrisburg has faced no shortage of challenges.

The city’s financial calamities have drawn national attention.  Harrisburg’s debt has soared to $370 million, due to costly repairs to the city’s incinerator.  The state-appointed receiver, Maj. Gen. William Lynch, is negotiating agreements to try and resolve the city’s financial crisis.

Read more:  http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2013/05/harrisburgs_population_dips_si.html

It’s 3rd in the Burg Today! Harrisburg’s Version Of First Friday

Recreation of the flag of the city of Harrisbu...

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3rd in the Burg is a new Harrisburg-focused take on First Fridays. On the Third Friday of each month, city galleries will be hosting special exhibitions and events throughout Harrisburg.  Support the arts, culture and cuisine in our capital city today, July 15th!  Click the link below to see today’s schedule of activities in Harrisburg!

http://3rdintheburg.com/

2010 Harrisburg Cupcake Cup

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Like cupcakes?  Are you socially conscious?  Would you like to attend a cupcake bake-off that benefits the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank?  If so, you are in luck!   

This Sunday, October 3rd, the second annual Harrisburg Cupcake Cup bake-off will be held at Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. Third St., Harrisburg, PA 17102  www.midtownscholar.com   

Admission is 2 non-perishable food items or $2.00, which gets you a coupon for 1 free cupcake from the sampling table (while supplies last).   

Doors open at 2 pm and the judging starts at 3 pm.   

For all the details click on this link www.midtownscholar.com   

UPDATE: 

Here is the 411 on yesterday’s competition complete with pictures.  The event was a huge success by all accounts!  http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2010/10/good_things_come_in_small_pack.html