Aug 28, 2017
Statistics that crime is down are meaningless. We have never had this many shootings and stabbings. The consequences of the center city demographic shifts have come home to roost in Allentown. The changes were fueled about ten years ago by several organizations who would pay the first month rent and security deposit for the unemployed by choice, who flocked here from New York and New Jersey for those incentives. Some of the new residents were actually set up twice, after they were evicted the first time.
In 2005, as an independent candidate for mayor, I spoke up and out about what the consequences of this change would be for Allentown. We could now be living in the end times of a former livable city.
Perhaps, with the proper leadership, we could begin to restore some balance between productive citizens and the predators. At best, it will take a decade of hard decisions, unencumbered by political correctness.
Nat Hyman had a letter in the paper this weekend outlining his proposals to reduce crime, if he were elected mayor. Let us hope that the residents of Allentown decide to fight back, and that he prevails in November.