At the time, she was applying for a special exception that would convert the Historic Benner Home into a 3 guestroom bed and breakfast. In addition to my November 20 report, QCD noted it the following day. Reporter Paul Muschick remarked that, although some of the "most important city decisions that affect neighborhoods are made by the Zoning Hearing Board," The Morning Call only "rarely covers these meetings."
I have been informed that several Bennett neighbors were concerned by parking problems that would inevitably follow a B&B. Zoning minutes are unavailable on Allentown's improved (?) web page, so I have no knowledge whether any of them formally opposed the special exception. QCD does tell us, without comment, that Bennett's wish was granted on December 3.
Was Bennett concerned that a mugging outside her home might make zoners hesitate? Did she think a robbery outside her B&B might be bad for business?
I have no answers to these questions. This is sheer speculation, but I can't help wondering. She did have one reason to stay off that phone - her B&B.