Mar 7, 2010
Sal Panto Says
Sal Panto and I have been having words on the blogosphere, both here and on Bernie's O'Hare's site. Panto, Easton's Mayor, doesn't like what I'm saying about his Lanta Plans. Before I go too far explaining the story, I should make a couple of confessions. I have referred to Sal as a retread; Easton tends to recycle it's mayors. I have referred to the coming High School Sports Museum as the Al Bundy Hall of Fame.
Sal Panto says:
Oh one other thing, you will be eating your Al Bundy comment about the National High School Sports Hall of Fame in a month or so when some exciting announcements will be made. Just another example of you being confused by the facts (in this case you don't even have the facts becasue all of them haven't been released yet.)
In Easton, Lanta is to build a transfer terminal several blocks away from the square and Northampton Street, as Allentown did at Sixth and Linden. Easton, like Allentown, has no destination stores in it's downtown. However, when people have to wait for their transfer bus, they will shop if the store is right there, and they're waiting anyway. When the transfer stops were removed from Hamilton Street, business there declined 40%. Although buses still stop on Hamilton and adjoining corners, the riders will not make an additional stop to shop in the stores; They will not interrupt their ride to the transfer point. There is a big difference, commerce wise, between a bus stop and transfer stops. Panto doesn't understand this difference. He keeps repeating that the buses will still stop on Northampton Street.
Sal Panto says:
Again the facts -- there will still be bus stops on Northampton Street. Transfers will be at the new transportation center.
Sal says that I criticize him, but do not take him up on his offer to come to Easton and hear his patter in person. More important, I suggested that Sal come to Allentown, and speak to a few merchants on Hamilton Street; In twenty miles and twenty minutes, he could learn what will happen to the Easton dollar stores, which now depend on the current bus transfer stops.
I hope when they bring Sal out of mothballs for the third time, he will invite me again.