Feb 18, 2010

Odds And Ends


My father operated two meat markets. One was on Union Street in Allentown, before the Hamilton Street Bridge; the other in Easton, on S. 4th Street. You could save a little money by buying the cold cut ends; although not full slices, they tasted the same. Here's a few ends.

Last night Allentown City Council approved the resolution forwarding the Trail Network Plan. The consultants and Administration have been claiming that this plan may take decades to implement, but lets at least keep the concept moving forward. Any Council Member with doubts,but voted yes, may want to consider another possibility. Philadelphia and South Jersey just received $23 million in Federal Stimulus Funds for bike paths.
Comments made to article
$23,000,000 for a bike path is outrageous. $10.6 million for a 2,000 foot stretch? That is $5,300/foot. That is a complete waste of money.

BTW, $23,000,000 could have kept a lot of libraries, pools, and firehouses going. But at least we get a bike path that will be used by, what, .01% of the population?

Easton and Lanta are going to duplicate the mistake made in Allentown, with a Transfer Terminal.
from the article;
On the other hand, some other nearby businesses say they'd be happy to see the bus riders move along. At the Terra Cafe, a coffee shop between Family Dollar and American Dollar, owner Marcel Bedoya said he and some nearby higher-end shops don't get a lot of bus-riding customers -- and in fact the lower-income bus riders tend to scare off some of his clientele.
Bedoya said he feels for the dollar stores, but moving the transfers ''definitely will benefit us, because we will not have that type of crowd hanging around in front of our stores.''

In Allentown there was the same desire by the Administration to upgrade the street scene by relocating the "bus people". Allentown has learned that although the merchants lost their customer base, the "upscale people" never materialized.

''To have LANTA turn around and propose the same thing in Easton seems incredibly callous to me,'' Molovinsky said. ''I can't see how it won't have the same effect.''

Panto responded by pointing out a key difference in Easton: Though the bus transfers will move, ''we're still going to have bus stops on Northampton Street,'' he said. ''We are not doing what Allentown did.''

In previous blog dialogues I have clearly explained the difference to Mayor Panto. Bus riders will shop while they have to wait between buses anyway, but they will not make an extra stop to shop, then have to catch the bus again to only then transfer at the terminal. Panto also knows that buses still travel Hamilton Street, but to no avail for the merchants. He is being disingenuous.

I fully support the proposal by Schlossberg and Pawlowski to ban cell phone use.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

MM wrote: "I fully support the proposal by Schlossberg and Pawlowski to ban cell phone use."


MM -

Why? It's not an issue for the city to legislate and most likely will be overturned in court.

The city doesn't have the money for a court challenge and should be focusing on the real issues (budget, crime, lack of police) that the city faces.

michael molovinsky said...

anon 6:41, i believe it is a serious public safety issue. I agree with donovan that local communities must send a message to harrisburg, which has yet to address the problem

Anonymous said...

You make a very good point about Allentown destroying its park system to accommodate what...1% of a population. But then we thought about the buses taken off Hamilton.
Wasn't that also done to please
another 1% of the population?
Keep up the good work.

gary ledebur said...

First of all Michael, get some sleep. Stop posting at 4 am. Second you say you fully support the hand held cell phone ban proposed for Allentown. I never thought of you as contributing to the "nanny state." There is very good research here that indicates the problem is not the hands but the mind. There is just as much distraction to the driver with headsets. If you are serious about safety you must ban all use of cell phones not just those in hand.

michael molovinsky said...

gary, although the blog, like a bakery, opens early for business, we also close early.

i fully prefer a total ban, that is the position of the AAA, but will settle for this

Anonymous said...

Mr. Ledebur,

So what are you saying?

Spending $ 23 million dollars of Federal (i.e., the tax-payer's) money on bike paths in Philadelphia and South Jersey is a GOOD idea because Molovinsky's post went up at 4 am?

"Second" seems to address the cell phone ban.

Was "get some sleep" addressing the Stiumulus issue and a rubber-stamp of how the Federal (tax-payer funded) Stimulus money is being spent?

Some might accidently construe things as such.

Also :

My brother lives in California. He wants to know why HIS tax payer money is going to fund bike paths in Philly and South Jersey?

He says California has enough of its OWN problems.

(He already wanted to know why he and his wife are funding turtle trails among other ridiculous things the Stimulus is being wasted on)

And now this bike path stuff.

What should I tell him --- this is all George Bush's fault or what?

Anonymous said...

Distracted driving, in particular, hand-held cell phones, is a major, major problem --- in my opinion.

Cell phones always have been overrated and over-glorified to begin with.

Anonymous said...

Dear February 18, 2010 8:49 AM,

Isn't your brother already
funding the Wine Train trail?
He's sure got troubles and then there's the Arnold!

Anonymous said...

Where on Union Street was your family's shop? Is the building still there? We enjoy
hearing about old Allentown.

michael molovinsky said...

anon 10:31, the building is no longer there. it was the second last building, on the right, before you go on the union street ramp for the hamilton street bridge. the last building is still there. the meat market was to it's right.

Anonymous said...

michael molovinsky said...
anon 10:31, the building is no longer there. it was the second last building, on the right, before you go on the union street ramp for the hamilton street bridge. the last building is still there. the meat market was to it's right.

February 18, 2010 10:56 AM


Thank you for your reply.

jody said...

14 million Americans ride the bus daily. 67 million Americans own bicycles. From 1999 to 2009 , 29 American pedestrians were killed by bicyclists. In 2009, 29 were killed by buses. In 2009, 16 bicyclist were killed by buses in NYC alone.

Anonymous said...

This is a city that cannot control litter, noise, double parking and has a murder rate higher than the national average, and yet what are they trying to tackle? Cell phone users. Incredible.

Pleas eget a handle on the big issues first.

VOR