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Old 10-26-2007, 08:41 AM
 
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My husband and I are considering a move to Bethlehem and I recently learned about the plans for the Sands Bethworks casino.

Welcome to the Official Sands Bethworks Website

I was surprised to learn that the project also involved a Smithsonian affiliated museum (National Museum of Industrial History), a performing arts center, event center, broadcasting studio, 300-room hotel, and large retail/restaurant complex. I'm very much aware that Bethlehem residents are unhappy about the casino coming to town and all of the crime, traffic, etc. that will accommodate it - but I'm interested in hearing from anyone who thinks the entire Sands complex may have a positive impact on the city. Undoubtedly, The Sands will change the overall character of Bethlehem, but is it reason enough to not consider moving there at all?

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Old 10-26-2007, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Eastern PA
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It is all so surreal to me - seems just yesterday that my grandfather was walking the Minsi Trail Bridge over to work at the Steel...

If I were you, I would not be afraid to move to Bethlehem at all. It's a great place to live if you pick the right neighborhood, and this can really vary throughout the city.

I am not for gambling (personal), but the rest of the project sounds intriguing to me. The traffic in South Bethlehem is awful already, and I'll be interested to see how they plan on trying to mitigate that. I do think the character of the neighborhoods around Bethworks will be changed dramatically. My friend's blog has a good perspective on that aspect: Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Is Bethlehem Dreaming of a White Christmas?
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Old 10-26-2007, 05:38 PM
 
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Default Thanks for the link...

Thank you, Karen_S, for the link to your friend's blog. It does offer an interesting take on the whole situation. I found the following article particularly interesting: The Next American City (broken link). It offers a great overview of the history of the redevelopment project.

My husband and I will be going to Bethlehem in mid november so we'll get to check things out for ourselves and see what the locals have to say about it all.

Thanks again!
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