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  • Here lies the city of Williamsport, as seen from the scenic view area overlooking the nearby airport.

    It's beginnings lie back when logging was a booming industry and those who were engaged in that trade also formed the first millionaires who built the city of Williamsport. There are many fine old buildings and quite a few ostentatious properties designed to showcase the wealth and talent of the area.

    There are plenty of amenities in the area, as you would expect to find in any large gathering of the populace, and to someone who never grew up here, it all looks very nice. It does not look like a city though. Compare the images in my posts of the city of Glasgow in Scotland, and the city of Williamsport in Pennsylvania and make up your own mind.

    These two cities that I now have experience of living in are like chalk and cheese, poles apart. Even the less desirable areas to live in, in Williamsport, are like the better areas of Glasgow. Here, there is very little, if any, litter in the street or grafitti on the walls. Rarely do you see disaffected youth hanging around the street corners looking for someone to mug or cat-calling obscenities and remarks to passers by. In four years I have never witnessed one drug addict, out of his or her face on whatever substance is the choice of the day, walking alng the street. If you watch closely and are observant, you might see the occasional police car on patrol. There are no foot patrols, ever. Using a modcum of caution you would still not take the risk of walking alone along some of the street after dark, but that's par for the course anywhere.

    Then there is Glasgow!

    My home city is awash with crime, drug addled people walking the streets or causing mayhem on the public transport, hanging around street corners strewn with graffiti or kicking their way past the trash that has been discarded in the street. it's not all like that of course, but there are great swarthes of the city that have become victims of what I would call the "lower working class mentality". That, in itself, is an anomaly of course since many don't work, never have and probabl;y never will as they live off of their unemployment and disability welfare checks whilst supplementing their income by petty crime. Look at them the wrong way, or dare to say anything to them about their anti-social behaviour and you may quickly find yourself in the hospital having the slash on your face stitched.

    The two cities are worlds apart in very many ways. As we would say in Glasgow though, many of the citizens of the city of Williamsport, "Don't know they're born" because, the worst that Williamsport has to offer is still not half as bad as what Glasgow can dish up.

    Despite that, and to my own surprise, I do miss some of the city where I spent the majority of my life. I like my adopted city too, but it is a quiet, nice place. Small town America with delusions of grandeur, as it aspires to "be" a city.

    Stealing a line from a certain TV show......"There are many tales in the city, this has been one of them."
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