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Question: Why can’t it be here?

Why can’t it happen here?

That’s a good question members of Steubenville City Council and city residents need to be asking after discussion held during Tuesday’s meeting.

The talk surrounded a new show, “Home Town Takeover,” that will be produced by HGTV. According to information from the cable network, Ben and Erin Napier, current hosts of the “Home Town” reality show, will be traveling across the country to “help you and your community revitalize the place you call your home.”

Improvements made in the community selected to participate in the program would come at no cost to the residents or property owners.

Steubenville already meets one of the basic criteria — its population is below the 40,000 limit. And, the city appears to meet two other specifications listed on the HGTV website — it has homes with great architecture longing to be revealed and a main street that could use a facelift.

Part of the application process includes the submission of photos and videos showing places that are in need of a makeover and a tour around the town focusing on places that need help and the people who love the town.

Sixth Ward Councilman Bob Villamagna, 4th Ward Councilman Scott Dressel and recreation Director Lori Fetherolf were among those who talked about the opportunity Tuesday.

Fetherolf, in fact, said she had already discussed the program with members of the Harmonium Project, which has been instrumental in many recent improvements that have been made throughout the community.

Now’s the time to follow through on all of the talk, though — the application deadline is Feb. 7.

We’re sure there will be thousands of applications made before then. The odds of being selected will be long, but the payoff certainly would far exceed the efforts made to put Steubenville into the mix.

“It’s probably a one-in-a-million chance, but it sounded pretty good,” Villamagna said.

And while that’s true, it leads us to ask one more time:

Why can’t it happen here?

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