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What Would You Improve in the Cranberry Area in 2013?

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

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 we do right here in the Cranberry area to make it an even better place to live?

Throughout 2012, we've had readers wish for better traffic flow and express their desire for a Trader Joe's in the area.  

What is on your Cranberry wish list? What is one thing you would improve in 2013?

Tell us in the comment section below or blog about why you love living here!

Cranberry Dad December 30, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Agree with dogs allowed in the parks! Privatize the garbage pick up and make our golf course less expensive and user friendly. Finally get back to a Halloween parade for the kids! Increase the speed limit on Powell from 25mph to 35 and lower the speed in neighborhoods from 25 mph to 15.
Tom Ewing December 30, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Place weight limits on township roads like a Westmoreland county township did a couple years ago. Cut down on maintenance costs, greatly improve the quality of life, and maybe even save a life.
Maria swanson December 30, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Please no dogs in the parks. I know a lot of people who are very afraid of dogs. Maybe one dog park, but not everywhere.
Maria swanson December 30, 2012 at 10:57 PM
I'd like a Trader Joe's, Original Pancake (much better than IHOP), sidewalks and bike trails and stop building. Cranberry is getting uglier. We'll end up looking like Monroeville.
tom December 30, 2012 at 11:16 PM
There are dog parks.
edj December 30, 2012 at 11:23 PM
By far the biggest improvement to this township would be the removal(by resignation or retirement) of a major embarrassment to this area, which would be Representative Daryl Metcalf. This area is a laughing stock to others in the region because of the views of this bigoted, moronic despot.
Bob Gottuso December 30, 2012 at 11:25 PM
We need Bocce courts in Cranberry!
Elizabeth Oleksa December 30, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Cracker Barrel! Widen 228!
Robert Moore December 30, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Pool in graham park cracker barrel
Mary December 31, 2012 at 01:46 AM
Do something about the traffic on 228 which is only going to get worse! IHOP Golden Corral
Tom Ewing December 31, 2012 at 01:59 AM
Ditto!
Maria swanson December 31, 2012 at 02:07 AM
OMG!!! Yes!!!! He is a black eye to Cranberry.
Erin Conners December 31, 2012 at 02:14 AM
Amen and true story.
Garrett Proper December 31, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Widen 228 before North Catholic opens. Continued attention to keeping the fields at Graham Park at the Highest Quality(I am starting to see a lack of proper maintence on the baseball fields). I agree with widening Freedom Road. A similar movie theatre to Lowe's in the Waterfront.
Renee December 31, 2012 at 04:21 PM
ULTA, please :)
Lisa Long Wilson December 31, 2012 at 06:08 PM
I LOVE dogs, but I do not want them in the parks! Unfortunately, many dog owners are not responsible and do not clean up after their pets. Years ago, my son was plaing soccer in the park and landed in a large pile of dog waste. Sadly irresponsible owners have ruined it for everyone.
Lisa Long Wilson December 31, 2012 at 06:17 PM
I think it would be great if there was more focus on planning and attention to detail when new construction begins. It seems that new buildings are being haphazardly placed without properly utlilizing space or maintaining the landscape. Plus, there are so many empty retail locations! Why do we need more buildings when current ones are not filled?
Life is Good December 31, 2012 at 08:45 PM
That everyone living in Cranberry is patient, understanding and kind, especially when traffic is heavy, and that everyone will donate time and love to help someone else.
S.S. December 31, 2012 at 10:35 PM
SIDEWALKS, SIDEWALKS, AND SIDEWALKS, also Street lights in neighborhoods that do not have them would be great. Especially along the new bike route so we can see the people using it (people do use it after dark).
Drew January 01, 2013 at 03:36 AM
weird suggestion
Drew January 01, 2013 at 03:36 AM
There is a gym, the Cranberry YMCA
Drew January 01, 2013 at 03:41 AM
golden corral is the last thing we need
Drew January 01, 2013 at 03:44 AM
Bike lanes and sidewalks
kelly casey January 01, 2013 at 05:17 PM
totally agree with maria swanson. Amen!! Nice comments, drew, way to state what you really feel!!
Thom January 01, 2013 at 07:00 PM
let's get rid of Metcalfe...someone who is well known and will serve the community better...please run against this disappoinment
Matt January 02, 2013 at 03:11 PM
How about some real urban planning? Simply allowing the township to pick the materials of the facade does not count. How about neighborhods instead of enclaves? What was so wrong with the street that I live on connecting to the street that you live on? Why does every new development pretend that no other developments exist? How about a street grid instead of a cul-de-sac nightmare? Just some thoughts but the new neighborhoods of this area suck...how about forcing people to design new neighborhoods as if another one exists next to it and a new one will exist on the other side? Street grids not dead ends! Sidewalks and trees are not the enemy. How's that for a resolution!
Deb January 11, 2013 at 01:18 PM
Amen Matt. I recently relocated to the area and as I'm exploring I am shocked at the lack of direction and planning. At first glance it appears Cranberry has a lot to offer, when actually it doesn't. The movie theater is mediocre at best, the Target store has to be one of the oldest models they have out there; most areas across the country updated to Super Targets years ago. Everything seems so disconnected. You drive up 228 and have a handful of choices, then you have to drive on 19 for a few more. The area could more than support an actual shopping mall instead of stores just popping up here and there. If you are in a hurry don't go anywhere on Freedom Road; none of the lights are synchronized. The plaza on Freedom Road with Shop N Save and CVS is the most difficult to get in and out of. There are poor restaurant choices too. Cranberry could use some of the more popular restaurants such as Cracker Barrel, Original Pancake House, Qdoba and even some independent restaurants.. How about some healthy stores too - Trader Joe's and Fresh Market are two that would do well here. I also agree that we need to focus on filling up the empty spaces (Kuhn's Market, Dick's) before building more. Of course sidewalks and trees are always good.
kelly casey January 11, 2013 at 02:14 PM
Deb, Great observation!! You pretty much nailed it. I thoroughly agree.
Lynda Bell Mettee January 13, 2013 at 03:00 AM
There's a Snap Fitness.
John Samson February 24, 2013 at 06:02 PM
I hope you find someone to cook and serve you your food when you go out to eat. Food Service establishment are typically staffed with them. At least in my experience in restaurants in cberry and pittsburgh, almost every employee at least smoked pot and some others did more. i agree on getting rid of heroine and hard drugs in our are. But most of the "druggies" i've met in this are are pot smokers and are very nice considerate people that would never steal and would give YOU the coat off their backs. Also, they make some awesome food! Just think about it the next time u go to a dining place around here and have an excellent meal. The cook who made it and the server who brought it to u just probably got done smoking a joint on their break!

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