May 6, 2021
A Baby Boomer In Allentown
molovinsky on allentown is meant to intersect local politics and history. I grew up during a very prosperous era in Allentown's history. The post war (WW2) factories couldn't produce enough goods, despite some having three shifts. Local government was small, concerned mostly with infrastructure and public safety. There was little concern with affordable housing and other social programs. Then, as now, there were always poor people. Eleanor Roosevelt visited Allentown for the opening of Hanover Acres, the public housing above the east side of the Lehigh River. For many residents of that project and Cumberland Gardens, the public housing was a stepping stone, not a lifestyle.
Hamilton Street was a thriving shopping district. No subsidies needed there. Those successful merchants handled their own parking system, no Parking Authority needed. There might have been some nepotism and cronyism in city hall, but no need for FBI investigations. Information and news came from your television screen and newspapers, but without agendas and misdirection.
A reader asked me why I made commenting more difficult. Question.......isn't one of the purposes of your blog to foster discussion of the matters you raise? Purposely seeking to curb comment responses and possibly readership, seems counterintuitive to me. Topics are not chosen in regard to expanding readership, nor do I count comments as a gauge of success. This blog is not monetized, directly or indirectly. I address those topics which are either under-reported, or misrepresented by the local main stream media. Consequently, I want the comments to be as relevant and responsible as possible.
When Walter Cronkite gave the news in the early 1960's, he signed out each program by saying, "And that's the way it is."
reprinted from July of 2016