Molovinsky On Allentown has rented temporary space in Philadelphia to help in predicting Allentown's future. I use my father's old meat truck route all the way down Broad Street to get to the new office, which is high over the city near Rittenhouse Square. Although J. B. Reilly hopes for a taste of the sophistication which surrounds Rittenhouse, I think that he better not hold his breath. The area between Broad and Rittenhouse is full of beautiful classic buildings, unlike Allentown, where the older buildings have been demolished to make way for new plain mid-rises of architectural meagerness.
However, lets get back to the meat truck route. North Broad Street is a litter filled desolation of urban decay. Apparently gentrification doesn't spread like wildfire. I'm afraid that J. B. will have to learn how to clone the few millennials he supposedly attracted to the Stratas.
In conclusion, I give Reillyville a slight chance of success in terms of any energy resembling the Rittenhouse area of Philadelphia. Fortunately for him it's our tax money funding his NIZ. For Allentown beyond Linden and Walnut Streets, my best recommendation would be a trash can every ten feet. Maybe some of the litter will accidentally land in them.
above reprinted from July of 2018
ADDENDUM MAY 19, 2022: The office was on the 43rd floor, and as you can see from my photo above, the view was quite spectacular. I'm revisiting these Philadelphia posts because of Tuesday's primary election. I was forced to give up the office because of a crime spree in center city Philadelphia, which I believe will factor in the upcoming election for governor...at least with my vote.