Feb 2, 2018
Fly In Allentown's Soup
If I saw a shrink for my frustration about Allentown, I would have to be in therapy all day. If I took sedatives, I wouldn't be able to stand up, instead I run for office and blog. Pawlowski announced his plan to restore the city on Friday; continuously inspect every inanimate object in Allentown. This professional advise came from a former Philadelphia housing guru, of course a fly in the soup is that Philadelphia is the corruption and murder capital of the world. Allentown's Rental Inspection Law failed to upgrade the city; while you end up legitimizing slumlords with certificates of occupation, you cannot legislate pride of ownership. Many local conscientious owners sold out rather than submit to the bureaucracy, increasing the frequency of inspections will again backfire. Although Pawlowski (and Cunningham) campaigned about their grand plans and communication skills, neither even knew the Allentown School System was going to demand reassessment; It's time for the taxpayers and citizens to reassess who they elected.
reprinted from November of 2007
UPDATE FEBRUARY 2, 2018: Apparently when it comes to corruption, Philadelphia didn't have anything over us after all. During the course of the trial this week, it was reported that Pawlowski used some Allentown inspectors as his personal goon squad, rewarding donors and penalizing those that didn't pony up. A number of years ago several landlords complained on this blog that they were indeed mistreated by the inspection program. In my limited exposure to inspectors they have been professional. I'm sure the testimony this week is not pleasant for that department's personnel. They will however continue doing their job, and move beyond the stigma of the Pawlowski scandal.