At this link, is a survey designed by Binghamton University [formerly SUNY Binghamton] graduate student. Anyone who cares about downtown Binghamton should take this survey.
Quite frankly, if I didn't work downtown, you wouldn't catch me dead there-except maybe for First Friday. Why? Well, many reasons. Fears of personal safety. The fact that I have been panhandled, more than once (A co-worker who walks to and from work carries change for that purpose because he is asked for money-a lot). (I was even panhandled once in the Binghamton Library, which is downtown. It just isn't on the streets.) And, lack of parking. Especially, as far as shopping, lack of parking. Also-I work downtown and I know some of the "harmless" characters but (and I hate to say it) there are people down there whose behavior can be scary, and if you aren't there every day....these people are going to make sure you don't return.
I tried to sneak in a couple of these thoughts into the survey (using politically correct language) because they sure didn't have a comment section. Still, I wish the makers of the survey well and hope they gather the information they want.
If you feel like I do, there is a couple of boxes where you can check "other" and write something in. Please consider writing in what you think. When it comes down to it I do care a lot about downtown Binghamton-I spend a lot of time down there due to my job. I don't think the "glory days" of the 50's will ever return but it would be a great thing if it could recapture some of its former glory.