Mar 7, 2016

Geriatric Rants Hurt Allentown

The other day on facebook, I stumbled upon these kind words about me, You can never trust Molovinsky's geriatric incessant rants about the city. He hates the city.... The young man who wrote this is one of the city's new gung ho boosters. I find his animosity curious. I understand those who are enthralled with Allentown's transformation. These new buildings, if on Hamilton Street or the waterfront, are the city's new reality. Hopefully, they will prosper, and give Allentown a long overdue awakening. However, these changes were not without victims and consequences. These changes deserve some scrutiny, which was for the most part not provided by the local press. I'm proud that this blog could shine a light on some of the shenanigans, even if it makes some people uncomfortable. With the local paper acting practically as a promoter, I would think that a little balance is in order. The young man must think that my negativity will stop the city's renaissance. I assure him that J.B. Reilly will continue building, as long as the NIZ keeps transferring the tax money to him. But, what happens with no scrutiny is that too many people are tempted to get a taste for themselves, sometimes even a mayor.  Allentown is actually in for some real hurt, much more severe than my ranting. The mayor refuses to resign, and the city charter provides no remedy until which time he is actually convicted.  When that pending calamity finally occurs, Allentown will be rudderless for an extended period.  Hopefully, I will not be blamed for that coming commotion.

molovinsky ranting to city council

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Visit City Hall and check out the vibe.
It's a minor miracle the place functions at all.
It's the day of the walking dead down there.

michael molovinsky said...

@5:20, when pawlowski's attorney stated in that interview that if subordinates of the mayor engaged in pay to play, the mayor had no knowledge, he not only shifted blamed, he effectively destroyed any remaining morale in city hall.

Anonymous said...

Blame it on Ellen Koval! Yeah, it's all her fault. She corrupted Allentown and Ed was an innocent victim of her web of lies.

This line of defense is indefensible, despicable, cowardly...And it's all Ed has now.

And there are local companies that will sponsor his breakfast with the mayor.

Scott Armstrong

michael molovinsky said...

scott@7:14, i agree that we have reached the point where is inappropriate for the chamber, or any group, to be still promoting the mayor, even if the event was pre-planned. i do believe that pawlowski is entitled to promote himself, or do damage control, but it should not be sponsored by the chamber, unless they're condoning the situation in which he has placed the city.

Anonymous said...

Screw the stupid, Obama-voting hipsters.

michael molovinsky said...

anon@8:45, over the years i've disagreed with a number of young "urbanists" here on the blog and in person. i appreciate that generally we are not on the same page, but reject the notion that we cannot learn from each other.

Anonymous said...

I have always found it very disturbing that people who in the name of civil rights and diversity will loudly condemn any discriminatory comments based on race, religion, LGBT related issues, disability, etc. will sometimes themselves express similarly directed comments that discriminate on the basis of age. It happens all too often even though I believe age discrimination is as illegal under Federal law as is discrimination against other protected classes. The age of a presenter should have no bearing on the merits of his or her ideas.

Anonymous said...

I hope you are right about the 'urbanists' learning from their elders. I fear not, however. The story about the proposed parking deck on Bethlehem's south side is a case in point. The elders in that town, including the mayor, city council and others are convinced that these sainted millennials are determined to spend their lives in a 600 square foot apartment (with granite counter tops, of course) in walkable, bikeable and presumably hoverbaordable cities. However, when they realize the in our small downtowns you can walk, bike or hover across them in a matter of minutes which will lead to fast boredom. And then when their motherly instincts settle in they will hightail their butts to some suburb where their kids can safely get through a school day.

Monkey Momma said...

In his effort to discredit you, he ends up sounding like a big baby who needs his pacifier. These are the rants of someone who cannot discredit you based on the facts - so he resorts to name calling and petulant insults.

I don't know who this person is that you've quoted...but it appears he has some growing up to do. Blind faith in the government is a hallmark of the young, and he seems to be no exception. There is no way to fast forward his progress into adulthood, so the best way to handle this guy is to just give him back his bottle and let him cry it out. When another decade passes and he sees a vacant arena and a city left holding the bag for incredible, unchecked overdevelopment on Hamilton, perhaps he will be mature enough to see that no government deserves our blind faith.

Chris Cocca said...

There are lots of people who dislike Allentown. You have never been one of them!

Anonymous said...

Mike,

I have written this before, if positive news and media coverage could effect a city then Allentown would be an Arcadia by now. Clearly it isn't. None the less their are those who really believe that troubles persist here in the Queen City because a few nay sayers are are ruining the positive mantra necessary for success. This kind of thinking is pathetic and infantile at best. Yet nincompoops that think this way don't hesitate to cast their moronic judgements in public and on social media.

Yes to critical thinking, question everything.

Scott Armstrong