May 5, 2016
NIZ Injuries To Allentown
The NIZ has fostered various injuries on the city and it's citizens. Reilly's dashed hopes for a mega project, encompassing an entire block, 7th to 8th and Hamilton to Walnut, resulted in the displacement of numerous businesses and residents. Furthermore, we lost rich history, such as the Elks Club. Yesterday afternoon the paper ran it's second story of the day promoting Reilly's much smaller, substituted office condo project. The article is called Five Things To Know about the new project. There's actually six, and the sixth is that the paper never stops promoting Reilly's interests. This morning the paper continues with it's third piece on the new building, within two days. Putting aside this endless cheerleading by The Morning Call, the NIZ has surely peaked. Although a number of tenants were poached from different locations, there was no net gain for the region. A responsible Harrisburg would be analyzing the consequences inflicted on the area. However, responsibility and Harrisburg have never been acquainted.
As I commented yesterday, Talen workers will be isolated down at the river, almost punished, if you will. The surrounding 6th Ward certainly doesn't provide much ambience. Expect our local and state taxes to be expended there, to embellish Jaindl's position. The tearing out of the Lehigh Valley Railroad Old Main tracks through that parcel is another history victim of the NIZ.
photo of former Elks Club on S. 8th St., prepared for demolition, to make way for now cancelled mega-project by J.B. Reilly