Allentown East Side activist Dennis Pearson is wary. Here's what he says.
"The plan is not neutral if it impacts on Kimmet's Lock --- A boat ramp into the Lehigh River.
"The plan is not neutral if it impacts on Coca Cola Park.
"The plan is not neutral if it creates an odor.
"Being a leader of a neighborhood which admittedly has not met much this year, I think the Mayor should not take it for granted that we have lost heart to fight the big fight.
"Trust me Mayor, we will fight hard to undo decisions that potentially impact negatively on the East Side ...
"Also I find it interesting that the Developer of the Hanover Acres Reconstruction, now known as Overlook Terrace, seeks to use leftover Lehigh County money from a State Grant to rehabilitate 20 homes on the East Side for residents who have mental problems and who suffer drug abuse. You make the call. Is this another type of dumping on us? In addition, the County is debating whether to add more money to its reconstruction of the Linden Street Bridge. If they don't, the East Side will be continued to be inconvenienced with detours.
"Our neighborhood will need to meet about all these issues ... If we were considered lately to be sleeping ... We're now awake ..."