Aug 10, 2017
Allentown's Planning Puppies
Longtime readers of this blog know that I have written about these puppies before, when they approved the arena itself. At that time, I said that one of them tried to bark, but hadn't really learned yet, but that they were so cute. They're still obedient, and this week passed J.B. Reilly's plans for the Croc Rock site. One planner praised the proposed design, inadvertently acknowledging that their previous approvals were devoid of architectural merit. Could you imagine them not approving a Reilly proposal?
By coincidence, many years ago I happen to be sitting with Joe Clark when the then mayor phoned him about his plans for that nightclub. Lets just say that he didn't get the cooperation that Reilly is getting, nor did he get to pay for it with our state tax money.
Also on the puppy's menu was Nat Hyman's proposal to turn the massive Phoenix Mill building into apartments. I have an issue with these conversion projects. On one hand, additional apartments contribute to the poverty magnate, by making housing relatively overly abundant and cheap in center city. However, I do believe in the right of property owners to utilize their investment, and alternative commercial uses for such buildings no longer exist. Some people on Facebook wonder if such a project is a conflict of interest for a mayoral candidate. I think not, and Hyman will seek all necessary approvals before serving, if elected.