" Change is inevitable. Change is constant." - Benjamin Disraeli. So true. As I get older, I find myself not enjoying life changes as much as I used to. Thinking about all the things that have changed and evolved in my short lifetime, it's mind-boggling.

If you are 40 years old or older, think back to what was available to the consumer versus what is available today. There's a lot. Is our generation going through more change than any other? I have to believe so.

And how about the look at our community? So much has changed since I first arrived in the Binghamton area in the late 1970s. We had two drive-in theaters, The Binghamton and Vestal Plazas were full of businesses. Binghamton University's presence in downtown Binghamton and Johnson City was little to non-existent.

The businesses on the Vestal Parkway and Upper Front Street look quite a bit different today than in the late 1970s. Many restaurants have come and gone. You get the picture. Change is a part of life.

I've written a couple of articles in the past with a 'then and now' gallery of streets in the Triple Cities from areas that look different now than they looked just 9 or 10 years ago. This time I thought it would be interesting to take a look at a change in area buildings and plazas, from what they looked like several years ago to what they look like now.

Here are a few that our awesome intern Betsy Warner found from 10 to 13 years ago and what they look like in 2022.

Then and Now of Businesses Around the Southern Tier

 

via Google Maps Street View

11 New York State Stereotypes

Each of the 50 states has it's good, it's bad, it's ugly, and it's stereotypes! Living in New York is far from an exception from this.

Whether you live bordering Canada or are all the way down in Manhattan yelling "I'm walking here!" at the tourists stopped in the middle of Times Square, you're tainted by outsiders with the classic New York State stereotypes.

Whether you can say you agree or not;

Here are 11 New York State stereotypes and misconceptions...

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