SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Scranton is a city known for a lot of things: A massive St. Patrick’s Day parade, the location for the hit TV comedy “The Office” and it has ties to a former vice president.
But a bunch of viral social media posts are questioning whether the Electric City is even a real place. This city has played pivotal roles in this nation’s history. Railroads, coal, that time two paper company employees fell in love and world collectively sighed in joy. How could this not be real?
The Electric City is under attack, if it even exists that is.
“I woke up yesterday (Wednesday) to a text from my colleague who had seen it trending on Twitter so I knew this was something we had to share,” Caitlin Heaney West, AccessNEPA.com content editor said.
A post resurfacing that depicted Scranton as the worst city in Pennsylvania. Insult to injury? The reaction.
“People around the world didn’t know they actually existed,” West said.
With an AccessNEPA article making the rounds, Eyewitness News decided to go searching for this mythical place was getting such a bad rap.
When asked ‘what if I told you that Scranton isn’t real?’, Scranton resident Gerard Nealon said “I’m sitting here today so I’d have to disagree with you. I hope you get to the bottom of this mystery.”
Like all cities, Scranton has its ups and downs but the people here aren’t buying what the Twitter trend is selling.
“They need to recognize that Scranton is an actual place. We’re thriving and despite all the chaos that is going on right now, we’re doing good. We’re surviving and pushing forward,” Scranton resident Almond Santos said.
Despite the trolls on the web, everyone Eyewitness News talked to Thursday sees the good in the seat of Lackawanna County.
“I mean you see parts of it where you think ‘oh man, that’s unreal. That shouldn’t be real.’ I think that the people here are really resilient and positive,” University of Scranton grad Courtney Loughlin said.
Eyewitness News went as far as the top to make sure beyond a shadow of a doubt that we had a real city on our hands. It was time to talk to the mayor.
“Not actually are we here, but we’re a really cool place to be and a great place to raise a family,” Mayor Paige Cognetti said.
So despite what you may hear or see floating around on the web, it would seem that Scranton is not the worst, but is it real?
“I know people from Scranton love their city and will defend it,” West said.
“Defending Scranton is a hill I’m ready to die on. It’s pretty real,” Loughlin said.
There you have it. Home to Dunder Mifflin as well as thousands of proud Scrantonians and a whole lot more.
Mayor Cognetti says if anyone across the country or the globe doesn’t think Scranton is real, she’s more than welcome to show them what the city has to offer once it’s safe to travel.