Dec 5, 2017
One Bedroom Apartment For Rent In Allentown
I ran an ad in The Morning Call seven days a week, for 35 years. While the ad stayed the same, the people responding to it changed drastically. Up until about 1995, virtually everybody calling already lived and worked in the valley.
When a prospective tenant called, my first question was always inquiring as to where they worked? Starting in the mid 1990's, more and more callers replied that they didn't work, but received disability. For most of these people, that answer didn't reflect the economy, but was a lifestyle choice made years earlier. The transformation of Allentown was very real, and not a figment of a biased mind. Those looking to really find solutions to current problems in Allentown must not be so quick to assume prejudice by those who speak plainly about the issues. The total population of Allentown hasn't changed significantly in 90 years, but the crime rate, especially homicides, has skyrocketed. It's too easy in our society to dismiss these problems by labeling such discussions as biased. While such labeling generally curtails any dialogue, the quality of life keeps declining.
Recently, when I referred to a person's endless praise of the NIZ as cheerleading, he replied that the term was sexist and mysogynistic. He was attempting to intimidate me with a socially unacceptable tag. Likewise, there are those who will desire to tag and dismiss these observations as targeting one ethnicity or another. i reject the notion that negative changes in allentown's quality of life cannot be discussed, because some people might think that they are being associated with one group or another. Everybody here, regardless of where they came from, is a share holder in wanting a better city.