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Old 12-09-2009, 08:13 PM
 
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hey everyone.. just signed up here- seems like an awesome forum with lots of good information on everything!

I am wondering what everyone here thinks of Allentown as i am going to be attending Muhlenberg College next year. Just got in early decision, and when i drove around the area it looked like there was some stuff to do.

Thanks!
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Old 12-09-2009, 09:46 PM
 
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Look at some of the posts and you will see. Search this forum and use "allentown" as the keyword.
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Old 12-10-2009, 05:28 AM
 
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Allentown as we see it is going to be different then the way you will see it as a College student living on campus. What we often focus on this forum are how things have changed and how some parts of the city are more dangerous and how the housing prices are out of whack. I hope that during your orientation they will talk about what areas of the city to avoid.

As for the good stuff, you've chosen a great college! Once you start venturing off campus you are going to want to visit the nearby farmers market - Allentown Fairgrounds Farmers Market - Allentown, Pennsylvania, probably shop up in Whitehall at the Lehigh Valley Mall Lehigh Valley Mall and maybe go skiing or snowboarding at Blue Mountain - Ski Tickets, Ski Pennsylvania, The Poconos - Blue Mountain Ski Area
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Old 12-10-2009, 05:33 PM
 
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thanks for the advice toobusy. the farmers market is 2 seconds away from campus and it looked massive! i'll search for some of the other posts as well.
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Old 12-15-2009, 08:23 AM
 
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I attended Muhlenberg College in the mid-80s, and back then, like now (from what the posts here indicate), the West End (where M'berg is located) is the best part of Allentown. Even though the East End was much better back then, I distinctly remember at orientation being warned to be careful when heading to center city.

I'm thinking of moving back to the Allentown area, but if I did I would stay as close to the Muhlenberg area as possible, if not farther west.

Back in the 80s I lived on N. 9th St. and later at the corner of 7th and Turner. I never got assaulted, mugged, etc., though I did have at least one near brush with a possible assault plus some other creepy occurrences. All of these negative experiences happened at night (not surprisingly). I used to work at the fish market on N. 7th St. (maybe it's still there) and do food shopping at the Giant--also on N. 7th. Again, I had no problems at these places. Back then, even these seedy areas were reasonably safe.

Now, though, based on what others have been saying on this board, I would not feel nearly as comfortable in center city as I did back then.
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Old 12-15-2009, 11:08 AM
 
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Allentown is the pits and constantly getting worse. Crime is starting to happen in all the burbs also.
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