Jul 7, 2011

Raw Cookie Dough

I had told City Council that the Arena plan was half baked, it's actually more like raw dough. Yesterday, board members of the Allentown Parking Authority wrote one of the most unconvincing letters I have ever read. Referring to the parking deck by City Hall; They can choose to leisurely walk the three blocks to their destination or, perhaps, jump on a trolley that could be traversing the city's business district ferrying customers from one end of town to the other...Visitors from northern suburbs can park in our lot located between Turner and Chew Streets on North Ninth.... Numerous other such examples exist of ample, convenient off-street parking... Would you believe the title of this letter was Parking, traffic no problem for arena.

Elsewhere, in yesterday's paper, we learned that viewers trying to exit the fireworks from Bethlehem's Steelstacks caused a massive traffic jam. Here in Allentown our plan is to attract a 1.5million people a year to one way streets in center city, with parking conveniently four blocks away. Some Old Allentown people think that this project will be their saving grace, good luck with that.

20 comments:

gary ledebur said...

If there is one thing suburbanites hate it is parking in buildings and paying for the privilege.

Anonymous said...

City folks hate it too.

Patrick McHenry said...

MM -

This is an admission that there not adequate parking available and that there is a problem.

Please remember that hockey is a winter sport. Only bureaucrats would think that arena patrons would love to wait in the bad weather for the trolley to come, or walk for blocks in the elements to get to their vehicle.

steelbreast said...

What happened to the rickshaws? Parking at mall with rickshaws to arena. A winner!

Anonymous said...

Is the mostly empty 6th and Linden St parking deck profitable yet?
Is this A planned windfall for the Allentown parking authority?
One entrance on 6th St....
How do you get there?
How will you leave?
The obvious lack of consideration for all those people affected by this boondoggle will insure that Allentown remains a horrible mess for years to come.

steelbreast said...

Is it true that the Brooks Group is offering big bucks for properties to be razed and used for parking around the arena?

Anonymous said...

I don't know about Brooks but Joe Finley's agent is walking the streets near the arena. What does he know?

Anonymous said...

Molovinsky...have you ever considered moving far far away from the Allentown of today that you hate so much?

michael molovinsky said...

and leave it to the carpetbaggers who only have self-serving poor ideas? no, i'll stay and be a voice of concern.

Anonymous said...

Molovinsky...you're the King of Self-Serving, always carping about not being given credit for things. The truly "concerned" don't care about getting credit. That's all you care about. Now hit that comment delete button, shortie.

michael molovinsky said...

i'll give you a thrill and leave your comment up, now go back to your site and write yourself comments, signed with different names. p.s. your next comment will be deleted.

Anonymous said...

Anon 11:54,

Yo, Holmes!

Why do I have a hard time believing you will be regularly attending ice hockey games at the Pawlowski Palace of Sport?

In other words --- stop frontin'

YOU BE FOOLIN' NOBODY

gary ledebur said...

MM: Who are these strange folks anyway?

Anonymous said...

Parking and the Parking Authority has, and will continue to be a problem that will plague this city. I'm convinced the APA has not proven worthwhile!

steelbreast said...

molovinsky is sometimes wrong but always certain. he is a true citizen journalist.

lvtp912 said...

When Kelo v New London was handed down there were howls of protest from across the political spectrum over eminent domain being used in this fashion.

When, and how, will this opposition unite and manifest itself in the Lehigh Valley?

Anonymous said...

I wonder at times if, other than a few, citizens really care about what happens in downtown Allentown.

I was around 7th & Linden yesterday and Hamilton.

It is evident that Allentown is a bustling place. Just not bustling the way The Monarchy would like it to be, I am sure.

Much of the talk about Allentown seems to be focused on rhetorical ploys if just not blatant rhetorical fallacies.

The truth is hidden and will continue to be. This is simply so, in order to maintain the construct of delusion the current administration subscribes to.

Remember in spite of the the tragedy and human suffering characteristic of places like Haiti, "mission work" has it's surreptitious purposes as well.

Anonymous said...

If I am correct. You live in South Whitehall. Why would you spend so much time complaining about the city that you do not pay taxes to?

michael molovinsky said...

anon 8:09, where i live, or who i pay taxes to has nothing to do with the issue. your comment is a low-brow attempt to discredit my POV. many people who do live in allentown are also opposed to the arena at that location.

Anonymous said...

MOST of us living here in Allentown city are opposed to this travesty called a hokey arena.
Just try to find a supporter of this scam here in the city that isn't one of the shillminions from the mayors office.