Apr 21, 2017
General Trexler's Streets
Allentown benefitted enormously from General Harry Trexler. Most obvious is the park system, which unfortunately has suffered continuous depreciation under Pawlowski's misguided priorities, and The Wildlands Conservancy's agenda. The General's various business interests played an important part in Allentown's prosperity. He was largely responsible for developing the West End, through his lumber, real estate and construction businesses. His connection with the Lehigh Portland Cement Company resulted in several concrete streets, which have lasted almost a hundred years.
Yesterday, Chew Street was blacktopped over the cement, which had been there since the 1920's. Nearby, Allen Street is also still cement from that era. Unlike cement which lasts forever, blacktop lasts about ten minutes; I suppose that's why they use it now.