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York City Hall comes to the Avenues

Sean Philip Cotter
505-5437/@SPCotterYD

York City Mayor Kim Bracey's administration will hold a "city hall for a day" event in the Avenues neighborhood on Wednesday.

City administration — the mayor and some of her department directors — will be at 800 Roosevelt Ave., from 4 to 6 p.m., according to a news release from the mayor's office.

Bracey first introduced the idea of a traveling administration in her annual State of the City address April 27 at Hannah Penn K-8.

In that speech, she talked about "bringing city hall to the communities." She said then that she plans on holding events around town that bring the services of city hall to different neighborhoods of York City.

She held the first of the scheduled four in the city's west end June 21, inside the old Gus' Bar that will soon be a community policing substation. A dozen city officials from the police, fire, economic development and other departments turned out, but only a few people showed up.

West end holds 'city hall for a day'

The next one was scheduled for Albemarle Park in the city's east end but was canceled when thunderstorms rolled through the day it was to be held. Wednesday's will be the third one, held at the city's Lincoln Fire Station in the northwestern neighborhood, featuring a great deal of large, old, freestanding homes that have in many cases each been split into several apartments.

The area doesn't have the same level of concentrated violence as the west end, which has seen an outsized share of the city's shootings over the last few years. But the Avenues haven't been exempt from it, either: Notably, 19-year-old DaKeem Dennison was shot to death in December in what police called a targeted home invasion that left another man hurt.

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— Sean Cotter covers York City for The York Dispatch. Contact him atscotter@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at@SPCotterYD.