Nov 25, 2013

Blogging, The Last WatchTower

Anybody who buys The Morning Call on Monday knows what slim pickings is. The paper is produced on Friday, with a one man weekend crew, to cover the police blotter. There's hardly enough paper to cover the bottom of a bird cage. That leaves the news junkies forced to read garbage like this. Even the blogosphere is slim pickings. Bernie O'Hare, arguably the dean of local blogging, says that I'm lazy and preoccupied with choo choo trains. I actually haven't done a choo choo post in over six minutes, that's how long it took me to read the paper this morning. Truth to be told, I am fascinated with how much Allentown has changed within the last 50 years, and the railroads are a good metaphor. In my youth, the city was serviced by rail branch lines with dozens of sidings, supplying many industries with raw materials, to produce products distributed all over the country. Those industries fostered a large middle class, and a high standard of living. We were the truck capital of the world, we were home to the first transistors, and a retail legend. The tower shown above in 1963, and the gas tank in the background, were on Union Street. Although they are both now gone, this lazy blogger will continue to combine history, news and commentary for those of us who still remember a different era.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Michael,

Thanks for posting your pics and remembrances. The photos are a great reminder, for all newcomers, of how Allentown was and how it can be once again. I recently saw some old pics of other towns in our area, and saw how much they have changed for the worse - maybe not in appearance, but in vice. The common element in all of our woes is the decline of our manufacturing base. It amazes me to think about the thousands of men that walked to work down the steps on MLK drive. Instead of the imagination and industry of prior generations, we have the false economy of today of building on bonds, tax shifting schemes, and a hope. We need government to get out of the way, and help make Allentown, our state, and our nation an attractive place to plant business again. Thank you for posting.

-Steven Ramos