Jan 3, 2017
The Color Line Of Allentown's NIZ
In yesterday's post, I predicted that the former demographic, mostly black and hispanic, would again dominate, after the initial wave of gentrification in the new district failed to sustain itself. A local black entrepreneur, Alfonso Todd, reminded me in a comment that they too are millennials.
Yesterday, when I wrote that I don't believe that gentrification will succeed in Allentown, that really referred to a mostly white, middle class enclave feeling comfortable at 7th and Linden Streets. I believe that Todd sees more of an integrated grouping. I believe for that to happen, the minority middle class would have to be substantially larger. He believes that a larger event calendar would facilitate more urbanization. I can see that, but I'm not sure that it would translate into more actual middle class center city residents. I hope that he's correct, because his vision would be much more successful in the long term than mine.
I know that there are others who could approach this topic with more sensitivity, and perhaps in a more colorblind fashion. However, the best I can do is provide a forum for the uncomfortable truths among us.
Todd at one of many events he promoted, photo by molovinsky