Feb 18, 2010
Odds And Ends
My father operated two meat markets. One was on Union Street in Allentown, before the Hamilton Street Bridge; the other in Easton, on S. 4th Street. You could save a little money by buying the cold cut ends; although not full slices, they tasted the same. Here's a few ends.
Last night Allentown City Council approved the resolution forwarding the Trail Network Plan. The consultants and Administration have been claiming that this plan may take decades to implement, but lets at least keep the concept moving forward. Any Council Member with doubts,but voted yes, may want to consider another possibility. Philadelphia and South Jersey just received $23 million in Federal Stimulus Funds for bike paths.
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$23,000,000 for a bike path is outrageous. $10.6 million for a 2,000 foot stretch? That is $5,300/foot. That is a complete waste of money.
BTW, $23,000,000 could have kept a lot of libraries, pools, and firehouses going. But at least we get a bike path that will be used by, what, .01% of the population?
Easton and Lanta are going to duplicate the mistake made in Allentown, with a Transfer Terminal.
from the article;
On the other hand, some other nearby businesses say they'd be happy to see the bus riders move along. At the Terra Cafe, a coffee shop between Family Dollar and American Dollar, owner Marcel Bedoya said he and some nearby higher-end shops don't get a lot of bus-riding customers -- and in fact the lower-income bus riders tend to scare off some of his clientele.
Bedoya said he feels for the dollar stores, but moving the transfers ''definitely will benefit us, because we will not have that type of crowd hanging around in front of our stores.''
In Allentown there was the same desire by the Administration to upgrade the street scene by relocating the "bus people". Allentown has learned that although the merchants lost their customer base, the "upscale people" never materialized.
''To have LANTA turn around and propose the same thing in Easton seems incredibly callous to me,'' Molovinsky said. ''I can't see how it won't have the same effect.''
Panto responded by pointing out a key difference in Easton: Though the bus transfers will move, ''we're still going to have bus stops on Northampton Street,'' he said. ''We are not doing what Allentown did.''
In previous blog dialogues I have clearly explained the difference to Mayor Panto. Bus riders will shop while they have to wait between buses anyway, but they will not make an extra stop to shop, then have to catch the bus again to only then transfer at the terminal. Panto also knows that buses still travel Hamilton Street, but to no avail for the merchants. He is being disingenuous.
I fully support the proposal by Schlossberg and Pawlowski to ban cell phone use.