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For the first time since the 1950s, Binghamton’s population has stabilized. Nationwide, recent population growth in small and large cities alike has brought about a renewed interest in walkable communities and the amenities of urban life. Binghamton is poised to take advantage of this emerging trend. Known as the “parlor city” for its architecture and grid of walkable streets and neighborhoods, Binghamton stacks up favorably when compared to other cities with similar characteristics. 

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Binghamton is close to the region’s most prized scenic resources, numerous universities, two international airports, and regional cities and national hubs such as Philadelphia and New York. However, the infrastructure that helped fuel Binghamton’s growth also enabled population and jobs to relocate outside the City. This means that Downtown and the local shopping street in your neighborhood faces competition from the suburbs for shopping and jobs.  



In order to support the city’s urban revival, some challenges will need to be addressed. While some neighborhoods in the city are stable and thriving, others deal with challenges that negatively impact their residents’ quality of life. Population loss and neighborhood decline have impacted each neighborhood in different ways. For this reason, Blueprint Binghamton will need to develop improvement strategies unique to each neighborhood.  


 

The major environmental issues affecting the region today are also of great concern in Binghamton, and the City can take the opportunity to plan now to manage the impacts of future flooding and potential Marcellus Shale activity.

 

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