|Located at 711 E. 1st St, Bethlehem's $5.5 million Visitor Center is open 10-4 daily.|
|kiosks with interactive maps|
The Lehigh Valley's tourism czar, Discover LV's Mike Stershic, lauded Callahan, who promoted the concept when the Stock House was a crumbling structure at a dead steel giant. "Most of us thought he was absolutely nuts," said Stershic. "He willed a lot of this to happen," added Jeff Parks, who himself willed both Musikfest and ArtsQuest. Parks also gave credit to Bethlehem Redevelopment Authority's Executive Director, Tony Hanna, who is using grants and financing tools like a $27 million Tax Increment Financing bond to transform aging and rusting steel buildings into an arts and entertainment district.
|Rebecca Hannont and Reba Marblestone man the box office|
Located at 711 E. First St., the Visitor Center will be open from 10 AM to 4 PM daily.
|Now silent and still, Bethlehem Steel blast furnaces abut Visitor Center|
|Bethlehem Redevelopment Authority Exec Director Tony Hanna, with his bride of 40 years, Pat.|
|The steelworkers are gone, but not forgotten|
|Contractor Sean Boyle used old Bethlehem Steel drawings|
|Mayor John Callahan has brought Bethlehem an arts and entertainment district|
|Jeff Parks heralded as "chief visionary officer" of Lehigh Valley|
Jeff Parks video here.
Blogger's Note: This is what I like to call a "puff piece." Having done a few, I've got to tell you I had no idea they were so hard. It takes me about ten times longer to do these than my usual bottom-feeding posts. But there are many more good things and people in the Lehigh Valley than bad. I'd like to slam Boyle for his numerous campaign contributions, but there he was, picking up garbage that people had dropped and putting it in the trash. How do you slam a guy who does that?
I'll figure out a way.