Readers of yesterday's Morning Call were treated to a feel good story about Allentown's problem apartments.* Three buildings in one row on 9th Street, 326, 334, and 340, but not 328, are to be purchased by a Mr. Grant. I'm not sure who Mr. Grant is, but apparently money is no object. After crunching the numbers, I realized the Redevelopment Authority will be paying about $75,000 per apartment, before costs to deconvert and remodel. Altogether, Mr. Grant plans on spending about 14 million dollars to deconvert 18 row houses. Although the cheerleaders will proclaim it a worthwhile start to combat Allentown's problems, 18 deconversions will not affect the quality of life, or lack thereof, in center city. But as long as bureaucrats realize the public does not directly connect their wallet with "Grant", these positions, projects and insider deals will always exist. I know something about that row on 9th Street, I operated 328 for many years. I made too many upgrades for the current owner to qualify for the gravy train.