Oct 12, 2011

Early Morning in Allentown


Sixty years ago the Soldiers Monument stood over 7th and Hamilton, as it still does. While today businesses limit restroom use to patrons, at that time the city provided underground public comfort stations at the square, staffed by full time attendants. The stores attracted so many shoppers, the police needed a tower for crowd overview. While fifty stores lined each block, lawyers, doctors, accountants and tailors occupied the offices above. Times change. If we find that the Monument impedes traffic flow for the new arena, they can move it to a less inconvenient location.

4 comments:

an old dutchman said...

COLONEL TILGHMAN H. GOOD will haunt any person who attempts to move this monument.

Anonymous said...

Mike, I'd bet pictures of the old underground comfort stations would be cool. Are there any that you're aware of? And are they still there, like a tomb?

michael molovinsky said...

anon 5:50, i have seen pictures of the comfort station. i think that they might still be there.

michael molovinsky said...

kaishon, thank you for the comment. although I mentioned the store on earlier post, i prefer to avoid such specifics in comments.