Friday, May 27, 2016


I had a few moments to kill before a little shopping yesterday.  I arrived at the Mall at Steamtown at 9:45 AM.  The store I wanted to visit wasn't open yet, so I ventured out onto the bridge leading from the mall to the Steamtown National Historic Site.

This was the scene as I turned around and looked back at the mall.  You're looking at the west end, second floor.  This was originally Montgomery Ward, then Bon Ton.  Part of the second floor Bon Ton space will soon be occupied by the Scranton branch of Luzerne County Community College.

Hacking a hole in the outer wall and dumping debris into dumpsters below is easier and faster than dragging it through the mall.

The LCCC effect on downtown Scranton should be interesting.  Colleges bring young people, knowledge, life, activity, spending, etc...

Scranton has become quite the college town.  The University of Scranton is becoming a big force downtown and in the hill.  Lackawanna College is expanding.  Marywood is getting a new president who will try to navigate the listing shop through rocky waters.  You can't forget about Keystone College in the suburbs.