Mar 16, 2012
The Uncertainty of Allentown
One man's transformation is another's destruction. Although Allentown's 700 Block of Hamilton Street had long lost it's glimmer and glamor of the 1950's, it was still a destination for the new demographic. That clientele is now being steered to outer 7th Street. The Planning Meeting, this past Wednesday, demonstrated all the uncertainty of the Arena Plan. My post on the Planning Puppies was not satire. Those gentlemen were actually reduced to asking about a tree and a garage door. One puppy mentioned that things should look pretty, so that when patrons walk beyond the arena, new shopping venues will develop; Good luck with that puppy, eat your treat. In the real world, the architect explained how hotel patrons will not have to venture outside, to access the arena, restaurants or bars. More important, she confessed that as of yet, there was no hotel operator on board. The puppies were approving merely a concept; A transformational, taxpayer funded hope, by Pawlowski, Reilly and Company. As outside municipalities begin to organize against the EIT funding mechanism,* the demolition of the entire block has been completed. While those stores had always provided the hope for more affluent days, I doubt if that will be true in the future for the arena complex.