It’s not just the businesses, but the people, too.
It’s people like JJ Sheffer and Mary Yeaple volunteering and putting on dozens of events every year. It’s the people who do so much around the city, like Kate Harmon and Matthew Davis, that the only way you can describe their job is by saying they do “all the things.”
It’s the other people — too many to mention individually — that give a smiling face, a “Hey, how are ya” and genuinely care for the lives around them that have made York the place that it is.
This isn’t North Philadelphia. This isn’t Baltimore, Camden, Detroit or any of the other cities the Industrial Revolution left behind.
York, and the county as a whole, is on the rise, whether the naysayers believe it or not.
Is the county perfect? Absolutely not. Any shooting, anywhere, is one too many. Those abandoned buildings around the county could use some inhabitants that would bring them back to their glory. And Lord knows I’ll rejoice when Interstate 83 finally gets fixed.
But that doesn’t mean we have to focus on the negative. And that’s why I wanted to join the Our York Media team.
There’s a lot of good here in York, and we need to keep bringing that to the forefront. While we can’t turn a blind eye to the bad things going on in the county, we can hope to inspire others to do better by showing them that, when they do step up, they won’t be alone.