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Old 10-07-2018, 01:12 PM
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I have a possible job offer in Allentown, never been there before, and know next to nothing about it. I currently live in central Ohio and have lived most of my life in various parts of the Midwest. I honestly have sort of an aversion to the East Coast region, based on stereotypes of people being uptight/rude, crazy traffic and aggressive drivers and so on... I know Allentown is some distance from the coast, but I was curious to know if the local culture fits more with the eastern seaboard, or the Midwest, or something else entirely. Also, since the city seems to be growing quite a bit, I'm curious about how the culture might be changing. I realize this is a broad question, but I'm interested in people's general impressions. Let me know if I can clarify anything, and thanks.
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Old 10-08-2018, 08:12 AM
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Lehigh Valley and Ohio have a lot in common. In fact, Ohio is the state that I feel Lehigh Valley most resembles.

Lehigh Valley follows the same pattern of Ohio's old rust belt towns that relied on manufacturing, and after that went away, became a consumption-based economy. The end-result is a bunch of chain restaurants, strip malls and fat people. Some people love that lifestyle, but I find it too banal.

The Lehigh Valley covers a lot of area, with micro-cultures throughout it. Towards the east, it has more of a "New Jersey" culture. Towards the west, it gets more rural (or wannabe rural, at least). In between is in between. With this spectrum, you can probably find a spot that strikes your fancy.

The best rule-of-thumb for where "east coast attitude" is found is the Acela corridor (Amtrak's high speed train which goes Boston to Washington DC, with about a dozen stops in between). If the town doesn't have an Acela stop, things are noticeably more laid back. Lehigh Valley doesn't have an Acela stop.

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