Looking around the Southern Tier of New York, it's not hard to notice new things popping up throughout our communities. Constriction projects, new businesses opening up in buildings formerly empty.

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While there are still plenty of empty spaces to fill in various parts of our communities, it's good to see new businesses open up, and we hope for their future success. With various projects in progress, like the Oakdale Commons, we all have our thoughts about what we'd like to see come into our communities.

And that's not just limited to new businesses, we also wish for other things to improve our communities. I recently asked on social media this question - "What restaurant, store, or thing (whatever comes to mind) do you think we need, or need more of, in the Triple Cities area?"

A response from Johnathan A. stated that he feels "we need an outdoor amphitheater to attract outdoor summer concerts here." Good idea. Victoria M. mentions that "A Rod Serling Twilight Zone Museum would be fantastic for this area!" That may become a reality. I wrote an article in 2022 about this proposed idea that hopefully will come to fruition.

I received several comments about different types of business and ideas from my question. Of course, there were those who came up with funny answers like alien landing pads (thanks, Paul K.) and a monorail (Melissa S.) Or was she being serious?

Here are just some of the many responses I received:


  • Chick-fil-A (lots of responses for this fast-food restaurant)
  • Golden Corral (another popular choice)
  • Hardees
  • Tim Horton's
  • DiBella's Subs
  • Bojangles
  • Taco Bell
  • Dinosaur BBQ
  • Ci-Ci's
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Longhorn Steakhouse
  • Dairy Queen
  • Brooks House of BBQ
  • Delmonicos
  • White Castle
  • Waffle House
  • Cheesesteak Factory
  • Firehouse Subs
  • Coral Restaurant
  • Steak & Shake
  • Hoss's
  •  In-N-Out
  • Johnny Rockets
  • Fast food that serves healthy foods
  • More restaurants on the water

Retail Stores/Grocery Stores

Trader Joe's
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  • Trader Joe's
  • Whole Foods
  • Ames
  • Uncle Giuseppe’s Italian store
  • Wawa
  • A 2nd Wegmans
  • Ross Outlet Store
  • Kirkland Store
  • Bass Pro
  • Stewart's
  • Studio Movie Grill
  • Ikea
  • An RC business
  • Hobby Lobby
  • Marshalls
  • Catherine's/ Lane Bryant


Colorful waterpark tubes and a swimming pool. Outdoor shot.
  • A big water park
  • Indoor or outdoor go-cart track
  • Top Golf


Imax theater
Photo by Josh Eckstein on Unsplash
  • A regular movie theater/Imax theater
  • A theme park
  • A Ski Resort
  • More indoor entertainment for kids
  • Good concerts at the arena like there used to be 30+ yrs ago


    • More Manufacturing businesses & high-tech jobs
    • An affordable destination with room for families, ball teams, car clubs, etc
    • Locally owned businesses, rather than chains
    • More 55+ housing
    • An independent bookstore
    • A store that sells leather shoes
    • An art supply store in Downtown Binghamton
    • Affordable housing
    • Better access to our rivers
    • Alternative schools

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