|Pawlowski helps feed some of the many poor who have moved here under his watch|
The Library Of Congress is changing the term illegal alien to unauthorized immigrant, to be less offensive. On that note, those easily offended should not continue reading beyond this point.
In 2005, at a NAACP sponsored event, I introduced the concept that Allentown was becoming a poverty magnet. An officer of that organization, who was also an employee of CACLV, asked me to prove that I wasn't a racist, since so many of the poor people moving to Allentown were of color. In 2005, even mention of a poverty magnet was unacceptable. The Morning Call reporter, assigned to cover the 2005 mayoral election, while generally marginalizing my candidacy as an independent, jumped on the chance to publicize the controversy. Now, in 2016, the consequences of the poverty magnet is part of city planning. Alan Jennings himself has adopted the phrase in the last few years. Allentown's trying to induce mixed income housing into center city. Yesterday, the Morning Call had an article about the mass migration to Allentown from Puerto Rico in the last decade. Unfortunately, a disproportionate part of that population limits itself to low income, by making Social Security Disability a career choice. However, that's a taboo subtopic, that is still years away, if ever, from public discussion.
Despite Elton John coming to perform at a new arena, Allentown has become a much poorer place in the last ten years. The streets are strewn with litter, and the middle class avoids the school system. Social programs that make Allentown an attractive landing spot for transients should be reevaluated for their long term consequences on the city.
I don't believe that Allentown is currently being well served by political correctness. At any rate, it is not on the menu at this blog.