Thumbs up: To York City officials, for making good on its promise to re-evaluate the availability of parking spaces for Family First Health patients at the new City Hall.
Mayor Kim Bracey earlier had said the city needed time to adjust to its new building at 101 S. George St. and evaluate its own parking needs before deciding to rent spaces to the clinic, as the previous owners had done.
Family First Health was notified by the city that its parking contract would end March 1, prompting the clinic's managers to worry publicly about patients' access to health care.
Three months after moving in, York's administration now has agreed to lease 24 spaces in the city's parking lot -- down from the 33 Sovereign Bank had made available -- to its neighbor across the street.
"We believe that it will be adequate parking for our patients' needs," said Jenny Englerth, executive director of Family First Health. "We're just extremely grateful that we were able to make this work."
Thumbs up: York City's budding reputation as an arts hub is getting a boost from a pair of 20-somethings who turned their downtown home into a venue for artists and musicians.
Dubbed The Parliament, 116 E. King St. hosts a monthly gathering for York's latest, now-award-winning art show, put on by a seven-member board of non-artists dedicated to showcasing local talent.
Parliament is the recipient of the 2012 Social Venture Challenge from YorIT, an award worth $5,000 that the group will use to swoop in and lift more artists out of anonymity.
The venture began in 2010, when Brandon Carr and Alex Dwyer moved back to their hometown and became roommates, sharing the East King Street house with a few artists.
"They wanted a place to showcase their work, and they didn't have a place," Dwyer, 22, said. "We wanted to make a spot where anybody could showcase themselves."
Within a month, the home was transformed into an art gallery, and life "exploded" out of the house, said 23-year-old Carr. That first show would lead to regular events corresponding with the city's First Friday initiative.
With the blessing of their landlord, Josh Hankey, the pair decided to get serious last summer, drafting plans for a nonprofit.
Since September, the group has worked with more than 100 artists, finding gigs for musicians and gallery space for visual artists.