What Would You Change in Norristown in 2014?

If you could make a New Year's resolution for Norristown, what would it be?

Credit: Patch
Credit: Patch
Written by Sam Strike

More than 45 percent of Americans make a resolution every year, according to statisticbrain.com. Some people vow to live a healthier lifestyle, others promise to spend more time with family, and many say they will try to save money.

As millions of Americans make resolutions to improve their lives, what could you do right here in Norristown to make it an even better place to live?

What is on your Norristown wish list? What is one thing you would improve in 2014?

Tell us in the comment section below or blog about it here.

MrABC123 January 02, 2014 at 11:26 AM
Aside from the obvious of less shootings, killings and crime, I'd say more business and consumer friendly and lower taxes. There's too much focus on raising "revenue" meaning for example handing out tickets rather than making the laws less onerous for people trying to do business and spend money in Norristown especially for citizens because very few people are coming from outside of town to work and spend money.
Lenore M. J. Myers, Esq. PC January 02, 2014 at 12:24 PM
For the past 50 years I have watched my beloved town be slowly destroyed as each new member involved in government took their pound of flesh without regard to considering how it was ultimately contributing to the downfall of the town.Most of our historic downtown structures have been torn down to be replaced by parking lots or garages ( the Valley Forge Hotel and the Gothic City Hall) or McDonalds ( the Norris Theatre) or structures that are crumbling in place(One Montgomery Plaza once the site of an historic church used for the underground railroad)) or they have been left in disrepair like the prison. There is no incentive for any businesses to open here and any development company that shows any interest is turned away in disgust after trying to get through the "red tape" and even those that do build new structures fail to meet building codes ( Fazio disaster) which further discourages any new residents from calling Norristown their home. Norristown was once considered the gateway to the Western part of the state. All goods that came off ships on the Delaware River were shipped by railroad through Norristown It was home to various factories, shops, theaters and businesses and many wealthy families lived in the town as witnessed by the beautiful mansions along DeKalb Street that the previous governments of Norritown saw fit to turn into section 8 housing. Our government forefathers of the last half of the 20 th century and of this first part of the 21st century did not have the vision of our neighbors in Conshohocken or Doylestown or Media or Phoenixville. These towns faced the same issues that Norristown did and they turned their towns around. I feel all hope is lost for Norristown. The song by Randy Newman called Our Town from the movie Cars really tells the story of Norristown. Unfortunately, my wish that this story has a happy ending for 2014 is more unlikely than Clarence getting his wings as in the movie It's a Wonderful Life, instead it appears that Norristown's ending is to be more like Pottersville because no George Bailey was ever born in our town and Clarence never gets his wings.
Deep Breaths January 02, 2014 at 12:57 PM
I agree with both sentiments above, with a slight disagreement with Lenore- I don't think all hope is lost, and in fact I see a new police chief and slight morale-boosting steps as glimmers of hope for the future of Norristown. In order to stop shooting ourselves in the foot, we do need to put a moratorium on low-income housing projects, however. I'm all for lower income people having a place to live, but Norristown already has more than its fair share.
Concerned citizen January 02, 2014 at 02:09 PM
There is alot to change in Norristown!!! Fixing the roads, Illegal immigrates, drugs, shootings, taxes , etc... I could go on and on. Norristown use to be a beautiful and caring town to live in and raise your children in and the crime wasn't as bad as it is now! WHY???????? There is no brotherhood or trust within the police force or station! There is so much prejudicy with the police officers( within themseleves) of Norristown! It turns my stomach to see this and also hear it with my own eyes and ears! The children and adults see this in the streets everyday and they wonder why there is so much crime in Norristown!!!!If the Police officers can get along and stop the prejudicy between themselves then what makes you think the residents of Norristown will!!!
Lenore M. J. Myers, Esq. PC January 02, 2014 at 02:14 PM
Deep Breaths from your mouth to God's ears. I hope this change will be the one that makes the difference. Nothing has up until this point.
Lenore M. J. Myers, Esq. PC January 02, 2014 at 02:17 PM
PS Also the low income housing was not the only reason for the downfall of Norristown. There was no plan to bring in new business or new residents. The only part of Norristown that I see thriving is the West End on Marshall Street. Maybe those residents can bring the town back.
Concerned citizen January 02, 2014 at 02:27 PM
They need to get the right people in council!!! Stop relecting the same damn people that arent doing anything for Norristown!!! The West end of Marshall st is all Mexican. You would not believe how many Illegals are there.That are running the businesses. They somehow get around the system and get what they want. I have not one bit of prejudicy running through my veins, but damn just do the right thing and do it the legal way!!!!!!!! It all starts with the police and the laws!!!!
Lenore M. J. Myers, Esq. PC January 02, 2014 at 02:34 PM
I would rather have immigrants legal or not contributing to the life blood of this town than citizens committing crimes and being part of the downfall. When all the other immigrants came in at the turn of the 20th century it was not nearly so cumbersome to become a citizen as it is now. We give all kinds of tax breaks to other immigrants maybe we should stop the tax breaks that our ancestors did not get. Many illegals are happy to work for less than minimum wage with no other breaks. We should just welcome all the hardworking immigrants and streamline the process to register them so they can start paying taxes etc. like they would want to do if they were given the chance.
tiredoftheviolence January 02, 2014 at 03:20 PM
I would have to agree with concerned citizen on this one. Illegal immigration is destroying this country. Your statement above "many illegals are happy to work for less than minimum with no tax breaks" is the problem! Employers take advantage of that fact and hire them over citizens, causing more poverty, crime and other illegal ways of making money to survive, such as the rampant drug dealing in this town. I will find any way possible to avoid the West End, especially Marshall Street where every business is Mexican, Mexican flags and colors are painted everywhere and everything is written in Spanish. This is America for heavens sake! If they fled Mexico, leave Mexico there! They came to America illegally and stole the American Dream for a better life, so embrace America! I can't even communicate with my neighbors! No one wants to move here, No one wants to open businesses here, No one wants to visit here and many don't even want to drive through here anymore, out of fear of getting shot with a stray bullet, carjacked, jumped or robbed! Anyone who represents or defends the laws of this country should understand that illegal is illegal, regardless of how you want to word it or how much $ they supposedly put into our economy. Making excuses for it only makes it worse and proves that it is all about how fat the wallets of those in charge can get.
celestekim January 02, 2014 at 03:25 PM
I would like to see property owners who rent make their renters more responsible for the up keep of the outsides of their properties.trash is a problem all along some streets,some times lawns are not kept and porches look like storage units.also money was spent for cross walks yet there are no Jaywalking laws and they go mostly ignored.driving down main street is a nightmare with all the people crossing between cars.I know longer live there but did for a long time after moving from Philly.it was ten a step up,now not so sure I would feel the same way.Still like to visit Zummo's and other small businesses there.
Lenore M. J. Myers, Esq. PC January 02, 2014 at 04:05 PM
I'm not sure how long you have lived in Norristown but my family goes back 3 generations. There were parts of town at the turn of the century that only spoke Italian. In Bridgeport they spoke Polish in Swedesburg. They celebrated their mother land and still do just as much as they celebrate America. There were drug dealings and prostitution and carjackings starting in the 70s way before there were any illegal immigrants in this town so I don't think you can blame them for what is happening in the West end or anywhere in town. The legal citizens that have tried to start businesses here have failed because there is no plan to support any businesses. There is no pride in the town because no one has vision. If you clear out the West end of illegal immigrants you will have what you had before the illegals came, empty stores and still lots of crime and drug addicts. Regardless I hope someone someday somehow comes up with a plan to resurrect this town. I just don't think I will be around to see it.
keri January 02, 2014 at 04:36 PM
Cleaning up Norristown first begins with cleaning in house with NPD. Yes, starting with the one's who covered up crimes which obstructed justice and pick and chose who they wanted to enforce the law on. Criminals can't catch criminals and shouldn't be allowed to arrest them. I feel bad for what our new chief has to walk into but hopefully he can and will gettthe job done. Yes, the shootings have been on a halt...hmmm if this town only knew why. Did they set a meet n greet for the chief yet or did I miss it?
Ann Knipfer January 02, 2014 at 04:41 PM
We need a mayor. Someone who is accountable to the voters and tax payers. And someone to keep our checks and balance system in place in our great country. All of the above would probably go away then..
keri January 02, 2014 at 04:49 PM
Screw patch you seem to feel some type of way about the truth being said. There was no profanity in what was posted. If you don't except people's opinion dont post public blogs...
Nicole Foulke (Editor) January 02, 2014 at 05:09 PM
Hello, Keri - I am not 100% sure but you seem to be indicating in your 1/2/13 4:49 p.m. comment that Patch/I deleted something that was posted. There is no need to tell me to go screw myself, being that I neither deleted anything on this thread nor commented on anything until responding to your 4:49 p.m. comment. Keri, site users are free to flag comments that they find are inappropriate, and perhaps that is what happened; therefore, your ire at Patch/me is displaced here. But I hope you have a happy new year.
Mary Ellen Digregorio January 02, 2014 at 09:01 PM


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