Apr 9, 2013

The Allentown Arena Sideshow

Years ago, when the circus came to town, it had sideshows. The purpose of these attractions was to make sure that by the time you left the circus grounds, your pockets were empty of any spare cash. In a similar fashion, the politically correct term of Community Benefit is being used to extract even more tax dollars. The Community College is proudly going to be operating the job training program, connected with the arena complex. I don't know who they will be training for what, but it won't be the doctors for the sports medicine center, at least I hope not. It won't be the bankers for National Penn Headquarters. Maybe they could train their students to smoke cigarettes, and help Joe Topper extract more CHIP tax from Pennsylvania for his mortgage debt service. A recent article by the Philadelphia Inquirer noted the decrease in state funds going to CHIP, but the reporter apparently didn't realize that the difference is helping Allentown's chosen few.  Alan Jennings is extracting developer fees for his small business incubator division, despite the fact that 7th Street is apparently already 90% occupied. CUNA,  and the other well intentioned who requested Community Benefit,  inadvertently gave  license for these sideshows. If the powers that be really wanted to feature minority business people serving low income clientele, they would have left Hamilton Street as it was.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is what happens when government get involved in business development.

Scott Armstrong

Anonymous said...

Well Said MM!

michael molovinsky said...

Redd submitted in a comment According to the lvra prez ryan conradd, allentown pa will be the epicenter of a realestate frenzy like the world has never seen¿

ryan conrad supported pawlowski's plan for pre-sale home inspections, which most of his rank and file members privately didn't want. he's quite the political cheerleader.

the remainder of redd's comment bashes a particular rank and file realtor. (for the second time.) although i'll take conrad to task for his politicization of the LVAR, i will not bash or promote any working realtor.

michael molovinsky said...

Redd, i will not publish your latest comment to me, but will explain, only one more time, why not. in it you take particular realtors, by name, to task for selling properties to disruptive buyers, and depreciating your neighborhood. real estate laws do not permit any realtor to discourage any buyer for any reason. the fair housing laws are very real. if that realtor wasn't active in your neighborhood, i assure you that another one would be. i would suggest that you start your own blog if you want to see such statements in print.