Feb 22, 2013

Machete Center

Yesterday's news was a juxtaposition between Allentown's hopes and it's reality. While Mayor Pawlowski and other dignitaries were attending yet another ceremony at the Arena Hole, the police department was expending numerous rounds to down a machete wielder, only a couple blocks away. Back at the Hole, one dignitary after another saw the arena as a Transformation of Allentown. If Allentown is to transform, it will be through the Reillyville Office Complex. The arena itself, silent and dormant every day, with only 120 nights of use anticipated, will make no change. The adjacent hotel, repeatedly mentioned by The Morning Call, will be another apartment house. Let us hope that the tenants don't have machetes.

8 comments:

ironpigpen said...

How unfortunate Bill White did not mention the machetes in his piece yesterday ...

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Anonymous said...

I was wondering if I was the only one that found this ironic... repainting an old house doesn't fix the structural problems of the house - it just makes it look better on the outside.

Allentown has to get serious about fixing our people problems... and by that I mean that I believe that people do want to do well and do want to live life to the fullest - they don't because they have the tools at their disposal to do so.

One of the things I like the most about Alfonso Todd's platform is his strong advocacy of teaching people and empowering people to do things for themselves vs. expecting and/or waiting on our city government to help them do better.

Assistance and programs are great but what this city really needs to do is get behind it's citizens and empower them to do better! There have been tons of great events that were brought to this city by private citizens that added cultural value to the city and the people involved but they have done so with not just "no help" from the city but with city hall acting as a roadblock in most cases trying to make things more difficult for them... and they certainly aren't advertising for them and helping to promote the good things that are happening.

If it's not coming out of city hall - they stick their heads in the ground and pretend like it's not happening... and that is exactly what they did yesterday... all of those city officials were literally at the arena site with their heads stuck underground while machete wielding people were being shot 3 blocks away.

Anonymous said...

if you are going to slam the city at least use the right picture.

http://media.lehighvalleylive.com/breaking-news_impact/photo/11714324-large.jpg

michael molovinsky said...

@1:59, you're correct, i did have the wrong picture. the original picture was reilly's first proposal on the northeast corner, which mirrored the arena entrance. the picture suggested by 1:59, is the new bigger version, reflecting a bigger taxpayer loan to reilly, and boyertown losing national penn bank center. as for slamming the city; that shooting involves quite a few issues, which will have to be resolved, before anybody cares who they name the sports palace after.

Anonymous said...

you still have the wrong picture.

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/156406_209515055856394_439491745_n.jpg

michael molovinsky said...

@2:50, again, you're correct. your latest entry shows the new office addition on hamilton, and the new apartment house on 7th. (you're still calling it a hotel, but we know better) remember when it was just an $80 million dollar arena? i will use your new rendering in the future posts. interestingly, they used the exact same lily white suburbanites in both renderings. no machete wielders in that crowd.

Anonymous said...

I love that there is a Landrover and a Bentley in the rendering... like THAT's going to happen...

monkey momma said...

Unfortunately, Allentown's problems are not ones that city council, the mayor, or an arena can solve.

Only parents can solve this problem, and it will take generations to repair the damage that has been done in the privacy of people's own homes.

The moral fiber of our city has frayed. Families are broken, and kids are lost. It doesn't surprise me that someone felt the need to carry a machete around in this town.

By the way, the water color rendition of this paradise is quite beautiful. So are the pictures in the original "Hobbit" and "Alice in Wonderland." And they are equally based in reality.