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Definition funny of Harrisburg:
Harrisburg, PA is not half as shitty as some claim. True, its glory days are long past (pop. 100,000 in the mid-50s), but it is currently in the midst of a mini renaissance. Harrisburg hit rock bottom in the middle 70s, back when the West Shore stayed away. Today Second Street has become "restaurant row," the center of the city's nightlife. City Island, once little more than pavement and drug deals, now houses a stadium, marina, and picnic areas. Mid-town Harrisburg is being revitalized as a cultural district. While this may be a too obvious attempt to bring culture to Harrisburg, culture is there if you dig for it (poetry thurdays at the Susquehana Art Museum, midtown theatre, several underground theatres).
Until you've eaten a meal of cold rice noodles and jasmine tea outside of 2nd Wok under the pink and blue glow of flourescent lights, you don't know shit about Harrisburg.
The illegitimate love child of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
Person 1: Man, Harrisburg is like some kind of love child between Philly and Pittsburgh. Person 2: Yeah, that's why it's right in the middle. Joint custody.
The only city to be talked mad shit on in Jack Kerouac's "On the Road". Traveling back and forth across the whole country multiple times and Harrisburg, PA was the only place depicted as a gloomy, unfriendly shit hole.
Jack Kerouac- "It was the night of the Ghost of the Susquehanna. The Ghost was a shriveled little old man with a paper satchel who claimed he was headed for 'Canady.'...He was about sixty years old; he talked incessantly of the meals he had, how much butter they gave him for pancakes, how many extra slices of bread,...how he hit every Red Cross in town and showed them his World War 1 credentials; how the Harrisburg Red Cross was not worthy of the name; how he managed in this hard world...The last I saw of him was his bobbing little white bag dissolving in the darkness of the mournful Alleghenies....That night in Harrisburg I had to sleep in the railroad station on a bench; at dawn the station masters threw me out...I stumbled out of town with barely enough strength to reach the city limits. I knew I'd be arrested if I spent another night in Harrisburg. Cursed city!"
During the day, the city is full of state workers. At night, just after 5 or so, the scene changes. In the 70s, before gas reached $1 million/gallon, suburban high school kids used to cruise the loop at night (Front Street, center Square, second street, pick your connecting route, Greene Street? back to Front Street again. The Top bar used to be THE place to score 40s. Still open. It hasn't changed in years. The city is definitely getting better now, but I do miss the original Spot, mecca of all food that's bad. And seeing that Hilton Hotel where they had that seedy porno theater and that underground pool hall is really, well, shocking.
Songs about Harrisburg:
Harrisburg (Remastered Version) by Midnight Oil from the Album Red Sails In The Sunset
Harrisburg (Live) by Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band from the Album Live at the Iveagh Gardens
Harrisburg by Josh Ritter from the Album Golden Age of Radio (Deluxe Edition)
Harrisburg by Josh Ritter from the Album Golden Age Of Radio
Harrisburg by Josh Ritter from the Album In The Dark: Live At Vicar Street
Harrisburg (acoustic) by Josh Ritter from the Album Golden Age of Radio (Deluxe Edition)
A Bad Day in Harrisburg by Emily Rising from the Album Pretty Pilot
Books about Harrisburg:
Harrisburg State Hospital: (Images of America) by Phillip N. Thomas (Mar 11, 2013)
Harrisburg, PA Street Atlas by Kappa Map Group (Dec 4, 2012)
Harrisburg and the Civil War: Defending the Keystone of the Union (PA) by Cooper H. Wingert (Apr 26, 2013)
Legendary Locals of Harrisburg by Todd M. Mealy (Sep 22, 2014)
Work for Giants: The Campaign and Battle of Tupelo/Harrisburg, Mississippi, June-July 1864 (Civil War Soldiers... by Thomas E. Parson (Oct 10, 2014)
Sandsablaze: Grand Prix Greatness from Harrisburg to the Olympics (Sports) by Kimberly Gatto (Jul 8, 2014)
The Confederate Approach on Harrisburg: The Gettysburg Campaign's Northernmost Reaches (Civil War Sesquicentennial... by Cooper H. Wingert (Oct 31, 2012)
Movies about Harrisburg:
Pennsylvania Railroad, Harrisburg & Enola Yard, in the 1940s & 1950s 2004 - Runtime: 25 mins
Conrail: Harrisburg Division -
Conrail Middle Division - Altoona to Harrisburg - Runtime: 1 hr
AMTRAK'S HARRISBURG LINE - Runtime: 1 hr
HARRISBURG TO SUBURBAN STATION - Runtime: 1 hr 45 mins
Wiki information Harrisburg:
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