It hasn’t been in the news for a while, but it’s important to remember that the Allentown NIZ legal controversy was not resolved the way Bethlehem’s politicians wanted, and they think that it puts them at a disadvantage in the competition for real estate investment. I’m not sure it’s as big a deal as some people are thinking, but if you believe this story then the implication is that Bethlehem needs to do even more to make its high-growth areas attractive to developers. The recent zoning rewrite is basically already obsolete.
So two questions I’d like to see addressed by the candidates for Bethlehem Mayor are:
1. What can Bethlehem do to compete with downtown Allentown for real estate investment?
2. What can Bethlehem do to cooperate with Allentown on mutually-beneficial public goods?
The main idea I have is free Bus Rapid Transit along W. Broad/Hanover Ave to cut travel times between downtown Bethlehem and the Allentown waterfront and downtown areas, and increase infill development along that corridor.. What else?