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Old 06-16-2011, 03:10 PM
 
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IM tired of seeing that hiddous PPL Building in Downtown Allentown.... Someone should purchase land to build more taller buildings in Downtown Allentown. Shoot Allentown's Mayor Ed Pawlossky took property from owners to build an arena for Allentown Entertainment and to reduce taxes. Why not do the same by Building A 40 floor atractive looking skyscraper for residential, shopping, and entertainment. Allentown would look alot better with more tall structures for bussiness and restaurants. What do you think and spread the news to Ed Pawlosky at Allentown.org. But please leave info here to.
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Old 06-16-2011, 04:04 PM
 
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I don't care about buildings. Allentown needs good schools and jobs.
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Old 06-23-2011, 04:34 AM
 
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I don't care about buildings. Allentown needs good schools and jobs.
Well....there you go. More jobs and better education starts with more bussiness in Downtown Allentown. More tax revenues will help the schools in Allentown and increase more employment for teachers and more employment careers for others. Allentown wants attention....bring in the bussinesses to Downtown. Not just an arena and restaurants..... But corporate companies... Which will bring much more revenue to Allentown.
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Old 06-23-2011, 05:05 AM
 
Location: On the Rails in Northern NJ
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It needs Rail connections to NJ and Philly...its very a isolated city but the surrounding areas are nice. A Railway would attract alot of developers catering to the Urban Jersey / NYC bound commuters , just look at White Plains , New Rochelle , Morristown , Stamford and New Brunswick. Corporations are attracted to Rail , many of the suburban parks are next to or near stations , same with the Urban locations. Cities should not be in the Business of building arenas ,or other public venues. Private is better at building and running that. I don't think Allentown needs Skyscrapers or High Rises to receive attention from Corporations , you need a more attractive Downtown Core. Shopping , Restaurants , some Entertainment will start attracting more people to the core , small businesses will follow. Then once the Railway is restored to Allentown , the younger commuter couples will start to move in droves. So in a way if Allentown were to go that route it would be the White Plains of Eastern PA. Improving the Schools would attract the younger Middle Class Families who commute to Urban Jersey / NYC to live in Allentown , this is the case with many small / Medium cities like Hackensack & Stamford. Theres a growing movement towards the smaller / Medium cities and I think with better Connectivity to the rest of the NE , Allentown with explode into the thriving Epi-center of the Lehigh Valley.
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Old 06-23-2011, 06:47 AM
 
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Allentown is not a new town and it's not as if there isn't room for businesses right now. In the not so distant future people went to Allentown to shop and work. Bethlehem, adjacent to Allentown, indeed so close that most people don't know where one stops and the other starts, is now the place to go in the Lehigh Valley. There is no rail service there or skyscrapers. What makes one town get better and another get worse?
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Old 07-06-2011, 04:40 PM
 
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What's wrong with the PPL Building? It's a beautiful example of 1920s urban architecture. As is most of the city of Allentown, for that matter. The rowhomes, houses, mansions, and commercial buildings from Allentown's prime are all, when observed, quite striking. They just need some attention and restoration.
Anyway, as stated above, Allentown needs stronger assets to entice developers and large enough corporations to justify the construction of more high rises, let alone skyscrapers. If one were to construct a multitude of large buildings in the urban core, the entire economy of the city and surrounding areas would potentially shift and fragment, leaving Allentown in a similar state as Detroit, with a significant amount of urban abandonment. There just wouldn't be the demand to fill all of that space.
As stated above, a rail connection would really help. Again, as Toobusytoday stated, Allentown needs better schools. If the district keeps recieving significant blows, a better future really isn't in the cards. Bethlehem is slightly better off as far as education is concerned, but that's mainly due to the higher number of Bethlehem residents being socioeconomically better off. The way the public school system is structured leads to, understandably, better schools in economically better areas. Therefore, with Allentown facing such huge issues of urban poverty, the schools are spread thin, providing for more people and having less resources to draw upon.
Even when considering these issues, Allentown still has huge gentrification potential. If the immediate urban neighborhoods couldn't provide sufficient customer bases or workforces the surrounding suburbs could, though probably not the much larger urban demand that you are proposing. It's just a matter of commuting, which, again, would really be aided by a sufficient rail connection. All of the Valley's cities would benefit from a rail infrastructure. Bethlehem may appear much better off than Allentown, but that's mainly because of an overall wealthier population living in the city. Granted, it's also a smaller city, but that doesn't necessarily matter.

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Old 07-06-2011, 07:20 PM
 
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yes, the city will certainly prosper with several skyscrapers that look pretty, sit empty and cost tax payers money.
when the steel left bethlehem, they could never get Martin Tower filled. as far as I know, it is almost completely empty today.
if a "skyscraper" located off rt 378, with easy access to Rts 22, 309 & 78 can't be filled, what makes you think it will work in Allentown?
Oh yea, cuz it will make the skyline purty.
Allentown needs jobs, reduce crime, drug use, and improve the schools. that said, besides center city allentown and a few areas on the east side, much of the city is still livable and relatively safe. some parts are even very nice.

I'm on the fence about the Arena. The ballpark has been successful, despite what early critics said. I think the arena should be built on the river, to try and build on the long talked about riverfront project.
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Old 07-07-2011, 08:52 PM
 
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Allentown ain't coming back - absent some unforseen miracle. A city of that size, where it is located, really has no reason to exist in the 21st century.
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Old 07-08-2011, 01:25 AM
 
Location: City of McKeesport
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Allentown isn't coming back? It's currently the fastest-growing city in Pennsylvania!
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Old 07-08-2011, 07:44 AM
 
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A city of that size, where it is located, really has no reason to exist in the 21st century.
What the heck does that mean??
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