Jun 25, 2018
Before The Transformation
For most of Allentown's past, there was no need for a Transformation. We were the ideal city, so much so, that in the mid 1970's, we were proclaimed The All-American City. We were Mayberry, only much larger. Our little leagues played under the lights, and our fathers worked for top union wages. Imagine a city that could boast that it actually manufactured its own fire engines! Imagine a city that had no litter. We now have so much litter, not only do we need trash cans, we need trash compactors. We once were a destination and envied. This blog will continue to report current city events as I perceive them, engage with the bureaucrats as my energy permits, and occasionally share a glimpse of our past.
reprinted from September of 2012
UPDATE JUNE 25, 2018: An article in yesterday's Morning Call compared our current All American City application with that designation in 1975. Although the article gave statistics, it made no reference that any changes might be abnormal. At that time, Allentown was 97% white, 2% black and 1% Hispanic. We are now 53% Hispanic, 10% black and 33% white. At that time, center city had 3 department stores and dozens and dozens of smaller stores, owned by different people. All that is now gone, but we have eight new buildings, owned by one person. Besides the dramatic racial demographic shift, which sociologically is a case study in itself, the article also omitted the social economic shift. The center city population is drastically poorer than before.