Jul 25, 2015

Pawlowski's Happy Face

The happy face picture is from Thursday night. Although Ed insists that he isn't going anyplace, he better start gathering cardboard boxes for his move. This blog stated that the NIZ Barons will force Pawlowski out once he became a distraction to the building boom, which is based on enthusiasm, not a need for office space. That point actually came a few days later, when Channel 10 ambushed Pawlowski at the Butz ribbon cutting, asking him when he was going to resign. Last night, City Council met to discuss the protocol for succession. It was clearly meant as a message for Ed Pawlowski, because the procedure is spelled out in the charter. I can't say that they're throwing him under the bus on Hamilton Street, because there are no more buses on Hamilton Street.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Love you last sentence!

For all intents and purposes, Pawlowski is ALREADY finished as Mayor of Allentown. That's just the way it works after something like this. There's no time for recovery.

Fred Windish

michael molovinsky said...

fred@7:12, as suggested yesterday, i have a long history of activism in allentown. sometimes there are several layers to the few sentences i offer in my blog posts. i advocated for the former merchants of hamilton street when lanta/pawlowski decided to remove the bus stops there; they provided the traditional urban traffic for the stores.

Anonymous said...

Oh, yes, Michael. I've been reading this and Bernie's Blog for years. You have been an important resource for more "direct" views of what goes on. I have mostly given up on local mainstream media. Too agenda-driven and lazy. These days, independent, alternative media is where reliable knowledge is found.

My Morning Call subscription continues mostly out of habit.

Fred Windish

Anonymous said...

The Community and Economic Development Director is starting to buckle under the strain.
Who caves first, her or her contractor boyfriend?
This is just about to get really interesting.

Anonymous said...

If Mr. Pawloski does in fact resign does Mr.Fleck's Sister-in-Law takes over day to day operations of City Hall

Anonymous said...

Even Hailstones daddy may be unable to protect her in light of the FBI raid and wired Mike.

michael molovinsky said...

this is a moderated blog. i do not have to agree with a comment for it to appear, but it should contribute to the dialogue. anonymous, antagonistic comments will either not be printed, or given a short showing. however, i'm much more tolerant with comments signed with someone's real name. it may take many hours for comments to be approved, especially those submitted during the evening. your readership is appreciated.

Anonymous said...

The customers of the old Hamilton Street merchants didn't need buses to shop their. They all lived in the downtown. Still, buses stop at on virtually all of the numbered streets as the meet Hamilton. Is it really asking too much of the sainted mass transit riders to walk a block or two to their jobs, City Hall or courthouse?
For decades the city fathers, merchants, and the equally sainted environmental crowd wanted the buses removed from Hamilton St because the blocked traffic, smelled bad, and added to pollution while idling at the poorly designed bus cut-ins.
As an occasional rider I can tell you that people love the bus terminal on 7th and Linden, especially in the winter.

michael molovinsky said...

@5:18, i can assure you that the merchants loved the bus stops on and at hamilton street corners, throughout the decades.

Anonymous said...

As a frequent LANTA commuter, I love the ATC. I can always walk one block to Hamilton Street if I need to. The daily riders and the operators love ATC because it enhances bus commuting. Used to be passengers had to jump of the bus at 8th Street to connect to a bus at the PPL, transfers all over downtown were confusing. Now passengers just cross the platform to transfer, its much more efficient. ATC also provides an air-conditioned/heated lobby/cafe with restrooms for passengers and operators as well. I'd hate to go back to the old LANTA you long for. Just my 2 cents worth.

michael molovinsky said...

apologist@8:21, bus stops were historically part of every shopping district. the bus stops brought foot traffic, which meant business for stores. the riders also enjoyed being able to run in here or there, and pick up what they needed. allentown decided that the stores and their clientele were undesirable. a member of the NIZ board called them a "cancer". i don't long for the bus stops, there are no longer stores on hamilton street which would benefit from the traffic. enjoy your terminal and stale donut. no reply requested.