Mar 27, 2008
Pawlowski Prostitutes Parking Authority
The Parking Authority should be horrified that Mayor Pawlowski is prevailing upon them to compromise their mission; provide parking and enforcement for the betterment of Allentown. What would Allentown be willing to offer a national employer bringing over two hundred jobs to downtown Allentown? Bringing those jobs to no less than the 700 block of Linden Street, truly a depressed area. Rendell, Cunningham and Pawlowski would be waving large cardboard checks, offering KOZ, Hud loans and grants. Smaller employers with many fewer jobs have received much more. But here in Pawlowskiville, we have a national employer who receives no incentives and has been providing jobs and paying taxes for decades. The only amenity this asset enjoys is a adjacent parking lot providing convenient and safe parking for their employees. Yesterday, at the Parking Authority Meeting, one such woman employee found out her fellow workers would have to walk a block and half at 10:30 in the evening to another lot, because the Authority is selling the lot to Nic Zawarski Construction to build townhouses. The Authority was ready to sell last month, but board member Larry Hilliard suggested they wait to yesterday so "we're not accused on rushing into it". Larry is upset with me for previously writing he delayed the sale for appearance sake. He claims he meant to say for "due diligence". If they really performed due diligence they would not sell the lot; it is over 60% occupied with 120 rent paying parkers, not a bad exchange for having an taxpaying employer providing over 200 jobs. The Authority postponed their vote again because only 3 of the 5 members were present, they want to spread their guilt out for this poor decision to the full board.
Update: Despite being a long term critic of various policies of the Parking Authority, Tamara Weller, Executive Director, has
consistently been courteous toward me and my rights as an opposer. I mention this, because too many of our elected and appointed officials show contempt toward those who dare disagree.