Jul 28, 2016
The Artless Walk
When J.B. Reilly built his Strata Flats 1, he named the walkway along side it, the ArtsWalk. You may recall that they arrested the hapless street singer serenading the diners at Shula's, which folded anyway. We now learn that despite objections from the art institutions, the Allentown Parking Authority is going to give the surface lot to J.B. Reilly. Without the convenience of this lot for pick up and drop off, the Community Music School will leave Symphony Hall. Why doesn't Reilly just build his new apartment house somewhere else? He owns the square block between 7th and 8th, Hamilton and Walnut Streets. Parking Authority board member and city council member Daryl Hendricks thinks that this problem represents success. The Morning Call keeps referring to a booming downtown, with new stores. The town is neither booming, or are the couple new stores doing any business. What's in play here is simple greed. Greed by Reilly, and greed by the Parking Authority, a partner in the deal.
Here would be an opportunity for still Mayor Pawlowski to make a contribution to the city, that he refuses to leave. He should speak out against this plan, and advocate for that surface lot to remain.