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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!

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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