Jan 28, 2008

Mistake of Parking Authority/Lanta


At the Allentown Speak Out forum, Zee, an elderly neighborhood woman, referred to the new Lanta Terminal as Port Authority. She has a point, did Allentown need a Port Authority? In reality the mission of both the Parking Authority and Lanta has become political and distorted, to the detriment of those whom they were intended to serve. I have referred to the Parking Authority in previous posts as a Frankenstein monster who preys on Allentown's poorest residents. Its appetite has recently expanded to include poorer merchants. If it wasn't enough for Lanta to remove the transfer stations from the historical stops near Hamilton Street, the Parking Authority now provides eating and shopping venues for their captured bus riders at the "Terminal". Once upon a time, in Allentown's heyday, the parking meters were monitored by two meter maids in golf carts, employed by the police department. The original mission of the Parking Authority was to facilitate parking for the merchants' behalf. Lanta was suppose to provide the public with transportation to those destinations which enhanced the economic well being of both the riders and the community. The new Allentown Transportation Center fails to serve both the merchants and the riders, conversely, it serves itself by being a mini-mall with virtual prisoners. Allentown City Council now has a member who is on the Lanta Board. The previous Council had a member on the Parking Authority. All the merchants are suffering on Hamilton Street, and already three are closing their doors; City Line Creamery, Hamilton Perk Cafe, and Mish Mash Boutique. The Terminal, new or not, should be closed, and the transfer stops on Hamilton Street should be restored. The public interest is better served by the survival of the Hamilton merchants, than the utilization of the parking deck's adjacent Lanta Terminal.

5 comments:

Bill Villa said...

Enjoyed your Saturday noon meeting very much MM and look forward to attending future meetings ...

Dottie said...

Don't you think it is newsworthy that three stores have already closed? Wow.

When Zee called the new bus terminal "Port Authority" I thought that was so telling.

Bernie O'Hare said...

QCD refutes your claim about City-Line Coffee closing.

michael molovinsky said...

bernie, at the ALLENTOWN SPEAK OUT forum, Jenni, from House of Chen, told me another store closed, i misunderstood her, it was cityline creamery that closed. I personally checked and confirmed that Hamilton Perk is gone and Mish Mash is going., the final tally so far remains the same, three down, many more hurting.

A.J. Cordi said...

I still remember when my friend and I were driving down 7th towards Croc Rock on Hamilton and he saw the terminal for the first time. It was night and the building was bright. He said, "What the hell is that thing?"

Priceless!