All over the Lehigh Valley, with transportation: Let’s face it, LANTA and taxis in the Lehigh Valley kind of blow. It’s a bitch trying to get from city to city, or even across town without a car. Taking a LANTA bus from Brew Works in Allentown to say, Pearly Baker’s in Easton will take you nearly two hours. There’s no festival that really spans the entirety of the Lehigh Valley. Philly benefits from a (mostly) great system of buses, trains, and constant taxi service that we just simply don’t have in this area. For Lehigh Valley Beer Week to keep to its namesake it needs to be in Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, and even in smaller places like Northampton, Hellertown, Fogelsville, etc. And as such, there needs to be a way to get from place to place, event to event. There needs to be some sort of something drawn up with LANTA or someone to get people safely and efficiently from town to town and event to event.
Could this be the stupidest decision of the year?
Authority executive director Scott Unger said a special use application from Pioneer Building developer Krishna Dev was given a thumbs down by the Zoning Hearing Board on Dec. 10. Unger said the zoners found the developer’s request to have the building’s first floor as a corner grocery “too intense” for the neighborhood.
The difficulty that Nazareth is having trying to contract for police services from neighboring townships is a good example of why PA needs a shared service bill like the one that recently passed the New Jersey Senate. Even municipalities who want to share services face unnecessary political difficulty getting their neighboring municipalities to agree. Nazareth is asking for way too much for its current officers here, but if the state was dangling aid over these towns’ heads (and threatening to withdraw state money), Nazareth would lower its ask and Lower Nazareth Township would have an incentive to deal. If more service sharing is going to happen, the state needs to use all the leverage it has to push municipalities to do it.