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Old 05-14-2010, 12:31 PM
 
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PA Dutchman - I don't really think the house in question is in Allentown School district. I think it's in Salisbury.
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Old 05-17-2010, 06:54 PM
 
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Smile toobusytoday thank you for correcting me on this.

toobusytoday thank you for correcting me on this.

As I said I have plenty of first hand experience with the Allentown School District having two sons attend from Kindergarten to 12 TH Grade. Plus I volunteered for a year last year in a center city Elementary School here in Allentown.

If anyone wants to know more about the case now in Federal Court in Philadelphia and the victimization of 4 children from Central Middle School they may ask me directly.

That information is a little too grahic for this site, but another reason you don't want your child attending a Allentown School District School currently.
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Old 05-18-2010, 11:33 AM
 
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Perspective from someone who just relocated, last month, with wife and two-year-old daughter in tow, to a pleasant house in Emmaus, PA, having absolutely no prior experience or knowledge of the Lehigh Valley or eastern Pennsylvania (really, Pennsylvania at all). Here is my quick impression: I don't even want to drive through Allentown's center city, or most areas of Allentown, except West Allentown, which is leafy and beautiful (but I don't perceive a lot of rentals there). Bethlehem has some pleasant areas, but the entire Lehigh Valley, despite everyone's best efforts, is just really struggling and suffering from having lost its industrial past; and, my apologies to all who were born and raised here, there's just an overwhelming feeling I get of the local societies being sort of backward-looking, not really wanting to be fully in the 21st century yet. The area is suffering for that attitude as well.

Now, that said:

My family and I are quite happy being in Emmaus. It seems that whatever progressive, smart, younger vibe exists in the Lehigh Valley is strong there, there are lots of young families and local shops, seem to be some very good parks and activities. Our biggest problem so far has been the fact that our landlords failed to mention the very busy train crossing two blocks away, upon which freight trains blare their horns all the way through town at all hours of the day and night. I will say that my first impression of Emmaus was of a quieter, more upscale burg, and since moving into our house I have had a little more of a feeling that the "wrong side of the tracks" is getting ever-closer to certain parts of town. But the working-class, biker-and-tattoo, loud-beers-on-a-Friday-night vibe is just all over the Lehigh Valley. It's in the blood.

We just moved from Elkin, North Carolina, f'r goodness sakes, about as rural and Southern as it gets (where my wife grew up, incidentally), and there is a natural foods co-op store, and public libraries that actually allow you to participate in their programs for children (there is no regional library system here), and which have open storytimes for all preschool ages throughout the year (unlike in the Lehigh Valley, where you have to sign up and be authorized to even show up at a toddler's storytime, and they only hold a handful of dates per year). If you're being culturally compared unfavorably with a notch on the Bible Belt, it's not good for your area. Just yesterday, the woman at our local grocery store was appalled that my wife brought her own paper bags to re-use. She didn't know what to think. I mean, come on.

Long way of saying to those who are getting ready to move here: I don't know where you're coming from, but while we have found most people around here to be extremely friendly and helpful, and there really does seem to be a good heart here, you might want to lower your expectations a bit if you're looking for an area that's rocketing forward into the future. You'll find lots to like in the right areas, and as long as you use common sense I don't think you need to worry too much about these crime stats (i.e. don't live in the center of Allentown or on the Southside of Bethlehem).
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Old 09-01-2010, 04:29 AM
 
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Exclamation The locals are all hustlers

The locals are all hustlers they were scamming the New Yorkers and the New Jersey People so much that most of them moved away. Allentown enticed outsiders with cheap home prices but they made up big time by charging excessive water bills and etc. People in NJ and NY that had one job now needed 2 jobs. The courts are all corrupted and everything was design to take NY and NJ people property and personal items because the bills were so high, most people could not afford them. Therefore, the courts put a lien on their property and sold it at an action and still put the lien on their credit reports … a real hustle that is why most of the people returned back to New York and to New Jersey with hustle stories of Allentown, PA. So to make money Allentown, PA is now a ghost town if you are not an addict. Allentown, PA major funds come from the government for drug treatment… Not for Families!

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Old 09-07-2010, 08:02 PM
 
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If you're still considering a school district - try Northwestern Lehigh in New Tripoli. It's north of Allentown and Parkland. The area is wonderful. We lived in Schnecksville (before we moved to the midwest), and I miss it so much. Good luck with your move.
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Old 02-25-2011, 07:24 AM
 
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Trying to locate some apt 2 bedroom in the Desales college area. Many people are saying Hellertown/Coopersburg area.
This apt was passed to me:
Mod cut - sorry but new posters cannot post links.
I have been told to avoid Allentown area. Plus is seems far to me.
My gut feeling is no. I do have an email out to local police dept. This would be for two females.
Thank you in advance.

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Old 02-25-2011, 07:41 AM
 
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The apt area is 402 S 15th St. in Allentown, Pa.
I am just trying to know what area of Allentown that is considered?
Thank you
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Old 02-25-2011, 09:48 AM
 
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Fifteenth street is near the YMCA and sort of west central Allentown. I would not consider that area compared to Hellertown/Coopersburg/Center Valley/South Bethlehem, all of which would be more convenient to DeSales.

Have you seen this page? http://www.desales.edu/default.aspx?pageid=6249 or Craigslist http://allentown.craigslist.org/

You might also check out Lehigh's off campus page - http://www4.lehigh.edu/housing/offcampus Anything that is close to Lehigh would also work for DeSales.
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Old 11-22-2017, 09:21 PM
 
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What do you have to say about Lehigh Parkway neighborhood? Im looking over by S Howard st area? I read that yes there is crime in Allentown just like any other city but if you keep to yourself and don't bother with it your fine. What is your opinion about Allentown? I am also looking at an area on east side by Hamilton st? Think its Dutch Hill area. Any opinions Please would help
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