So we're living well in Allentown Cause it's hard to keep a good city down Oh, some darker days are now behind And the restlessness has settled down There's a million reasons now to stay Well we're thriving here in Allentown It's the jewel in Pennsylvania's crown And we've got it all in Allentown And it's feeling like a brand new day Oh it's so much easier to stayIn 1962 there was no need for a revisionist song, the city was full of hope. Downtown was still thriving, and all the famous industries of Allentown were still in production. I suppose the seeds of our demise were already planted. The Whitehall Mall may have already been in the planning stages. The union legacy costs were starting to be calculated at Bethlehem Steel. Discount stores were beginning to sale cheaper clothing made off shore. In 1962 Billy Joel's song was still twenty years away. For those who prefer delusion with their morning coffee, you may prefer The Morning Call report on this weekend's 250th celebration.