The city core includes the downtown and the surrounding residential areas. It is the heart of the community. It’s the identity of the city itself and ultimately the key to its long term success. With no strong central identity and city core, York will develop with outside sprawl and back-filled poverty. To those with means in the county, York would become only commercial districts along highways by tracts of housing that serve other communities. And to those people inside the city, at its core, York would be a dilapidated, poor place. Yet, this dismal view is not the reality we are creating.
The community is becoming unified on some basic desires. We want the city core to be a quaint but vibrant place, an attractive and safe place for everyone, a place people will choose to spend their time and their money, a place where we experience arts and culture and entertainment.
Aside from being a shared desire among citizenry, the success of the downtown is also a key to our economic strategy and success. If we seek to recruit and retain productive people, then the downtown is the key amenity. This is true for millennials who can bring the needed talent for the economy (or even bring their own jobs), as well as executives who are the decision makers in relocation projects and business formation, as well as retiring couples and individuals who would like to spend time and money on amenities and give back generously for a quality life and lifestyle.
Simply put, people choose to work and live in a place they want to be. Being a place of choice for productive people is a critical strategy for York’s success, and one of the key factors in being that place is the vibrancy of the downtown and city core.