Not sure who you are or where exactly you live, or how long you've been around here, but from my vantage point (going on 7 years ~20th & Carpenter), the positive changes in our neck of the woods have been spectacular. In fact, coincidentally, one of my near neighbors just posted this as her status on Facebook this morning:
Beautiful new turf dog park at the river trail...and the new bridge is completed! tried the new Ultimo Coffee shop in our hood and now going to try the new 19 Cafe in the hood...what a change from 6 years ago when I was afraid to get out of my UHaul!!
This is the sort of sentiment I hear on a daily basis around here. And especially considering the economy, I really don't see how anyone thinks all that's happened around here these last few years isn't anything short of amazing.
Now, in my mind, as I've said here before, things are only just starting to get even better - as far as commercial and other amenties that we all of course still need and want. Regarding the pace of more commercial/amenities coming in, I think it is completely understandable that some serious groundwork had to happen first. (Though admittedly slower than we all would have wished it to be, because let's face it, we all wanted this *yesterday* - who wouldn't.)
For example when I moved here, SOSNA was a hot mess. I started learning how things worked from this site's predecessor, PhillyBlog, and by going to every Zoning Committee meeting I could. And trust me, figuring out when and where those meetings were held back then was WAY harder than it is now. Those who have been around and were plugged-in at the same time, know full well that notifications were extremely spotty, and SOSNA's online presence was non-existent. (Short of some outdated archives LBPhilly kept and shared here, thank goodness for her.)
It was in this way I got to know other like-minded folks, and ultimately became very involved with SOSNA. I spent a term + on the Board. Now, due to a bit of burn-out and also some job situation changes since, I have taken somewhat of a backseat. But I am still quite active on some initiatives and committees - mostly the Friends of Julian Abele Park, and others when I can.
Meanwhile, many of the folks who remain more involved than me, and those who have become very involved since, are super-terrific community-minded people, and are the best neighbors any of us could ever hope to have. Some of these folks I now consider my very dearest friends in fact.
So, when someone comes on here and complains about what hasn't happened yet around here, rather than figuring out ways to actually help make those things happen, I hope you can imagine how that makes me (and I'm sure many others) feel.
Yes, we all know we still need and want many more good things to happen. But who do you think needs to do the work to make those things happen? Me, you? Okay then, let's get on with it!