Apr 14, 2009
City Promotes Thief
The City of Allentown, through it's Mayor and Development Director, apparently helped promote a thief. Daro's Fitness Center, after pocketing an untold number of yearly memberships, skipped out of town over Easter. Fitness members found locked doors and a storefront empty of equipment. Now I wouldn't condemn our officials for just a mistake of judgement, that's only human, but I condemn them for a pattern of arrogance. In my posting on June 27, 2008, I interviewed the previous operator of that location, Xertek Fitness. That gentleman invested nine years and $300,000 into that business. He was forced to move because the Parking Authority doubled the meter rate and preyed on his membership. Time after time this administration has let long term established businesses close, and then catered to or subsidized little fly by nights, and called this situation progress. I would humbly suggest that our officials interview the few remaining merchants of substance, find out their concerns, and address them. The image shown was highjacked without permission from Allentown Good News Blog, as was my taxes.