Jul 12, 2017
Allentown's Urban Woes
Allentown has been waking up to a new shooting or stabbing practically every day. We're now talking about trying neighborhood policing. It is nothing new, going back to the Heydt and Afflerbach administrations, with officers assigned to different districts in the city. At one point they actually had neighborhood offices from which the officers worked, when not out talking with members of the community.
One thing is apparent, something new needs to be tried, even if it has been done before. We know from recent experience that having a police chief of color, in itself, makes no difference.
As someone who visits Hamilton Street several times each week, despite the arena and all the new buildings, there is less activity there than ever. Unless, and until Allentown can appear safe there will be no meaningful revitalization. This is the urban dilemma of our times, not unique to Allentown.