What Would You Improve in Levittown in 2013?

If you could make a New Year's resolution for the Levittown area, 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 Ferndale area to make it an even better place to live?

What is on your Levittown area wish list? What is one thing you would improve as we welcome 2013?

Tell us in the comments section below or blog on the Levittown Patch Local Voices section!

Chris Taylor Jr January 01, 2013 at 04:39 PM
For the love of god lower school taxes. they are literally suffocating us and we don't even have a good school system to justify the INSANE school taxes ($5400 a year here !!!) my property/school taxes consume 28.9% of my yearly earnings!! start off with a 50% reduction please. that won't solve the problem but it will sure help a lot.
Amanda Marie January 01, 2013 at 05:16 PM
Make this town worth living in. Something as small as rebuilding the Rec areas and having some community events would boost the morale o this town in a heartbeat. Being in a town where you have to leave town to find something to do or drink yourself happy is no place to live in. Whatever happened to Levitt and Sons vision of the town of tomorrow, where family and friend's and being active in the community made a town worth living in?
Chris Taylor Jr January 02, 2013 at 01:54 AM
problem is tax revenue is seen as PROFIT and things "FOR" the citizens (rec centers parks pools) are not a profit they are a cost. so they don't do it. or as little as they can get away with.
concerned citizen January 02, 2013 at 09:52 AM
We need sidewalks everywhere! It is not safe to walk in the streets. There needs to be a trail near queen anne creek to make it easier to get to fairless hills by pedestrians from woodbourne rd because for now we have to go all the way around and risk getting hit by cars. Buildings that are abandoned need to be torn down and woodlands restored. A prime example is the old giant on newfalls rd that has been abandoned too long and has to go. Why do they force every homeowner to pay school taxes. If you never had kids and dont have any going to school any more why are you forced to pay? Id prefer that money to go to restoring the parks and getting sidewalks and other saftey measures. We need bike paths to traverse around too as you lnow the streets are unsafe to ride on. Route one is dangerous and needs crossing zones to get to the mall area. You hAve major shopping areas and its not accessable by walkers or bikers which is absurd and unsafe. Woodbourne rd is a bottleneck and they for some reason kept the same one lane from aldi to walgreens area its so dumb as well as the wooded shortcut through the wendys to maries corner. And the eyesore of a yard near the wasa on oxford valley rd why is that not for ed to be cleaned up. Next to that we have a new wawa which is a nitemare to get to with a stop sign and no turning lanes and traffic jams galore. Are peope blind or dont they care? I suggest fix these things and things will be a little safer and better.
Susan Bieberfeld January 05, 2013 at 05:38 PM
Four things are needed to make Levittown liveable again: 1) Enforce zoning laws and green up some of the concrete-and-blacktop commercial areas; 2) Implement and enforce deed restrictions to keep properties from going into disrepair; 3) Do what needs to be done to improve the schools, even if that means turning them over to the state; 4) Bring back some of the amenities that "made" Levittown, like the rec centers.
Chris Taylor Jr January 05, 2013 at 07:02 PM
I don't like zoning laws. they are usually poorly made and abused in enforcement. Deed restrictions. so punish people when they are down and then steal their property? yeah great idea. the schools are crap and yet we pay some of the highest school taxes around (I pay $5400 a year for crap schools with medal detectors and bars and armed guards) Yes on the amenities. the one good suggestion in your list. but its not going to happen. because there is no PROFIT in amenities.
Susan Bieberfeld January 06, 2013 at 03:37 PM
Chris, I understand your point and I used to feel the same way. You just need to ride up Haines Road, Route 13, or Route 413 to see what I mean. The greenbelts are not maintained, strip malls look awful, and don't get me started on the "spas" and check-cashing places. I didn't really notice these things until a friend of my son's came from out of town and, riding up Haines Road said "Oh, you live in the slums!". The ideal situation would be for homeowners to take pride in and maintain their homes, to take an active role in the schools, and for local officials to maintain the area for the good of the homeowners and their property values. Unfortunately, that is not happening and it has not been the case for at least the last 5 years. Maybe things are different in Middletown and Falls but in Bristol Township things really have to change because what is being done now is not working.
Christopher T Nickey January 08, 2014 at 08:36 PM
burn the Shit hole to the ground ...that would be a good start!Levittown is a sinkhole and most everyone who lives here is a hillbilly reject or welfare mother w/ 5 diffefent baby daddies......so glad i'm moving out ......good riddance Bristol Twp!


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