Jan 18, 2016
Morning Call Still Promoting For Reilly
On Friday, the Morning Call ran a special on Hess's. I could tell that the reporter actually never experienced the store, but I neither fault him or the paper for that. There are few places to find historical perspective on Allentown anymore, this blog being one of them. But, what I do fault the paper for is the following line; Today, Allentown is undergoing a transformation that has brought an arena and high-end businesses and restaurants to the area dominated by Hess's.
Allentown becoming a dining destination is wishful thinking. Allentown again becoming a high end shopping district is delusional. Sage and the Moravian Bookstore were induced by J.B. Reilly to open here with irresistibly cheap rent, they were not attracted by any success of the area. Furthermore, after the failure of Shula's, it diminishes the paper's credibility to continue the Reilly NIZ myth.
At some point, after it was apparent to others, the paper starting portraying the disgraced city government for what it is. At what point will the paper realize that the arena zone is a taxpayer funded, privately owned bonanza, for just a few people.