Thursday, October 15, 2015
Can Bethlehem Merchants Survive the CRIZ?
Bethlehem Press. I do question whether Historic downtown and South side merchants can compete against a new Promenade at the publicly subsidized Martin Tower, where zoning changes certainly make it a possibility. I also remain appalled at the shabby treatment that City Council gave to 100 merchants at their meeting last week, where they were denied the right to speak at a public hearing for three hours. Finally, I am doing research, and believe the influence of pay-to-play is much greater in Bethlehem than many realize. Allentown and Bethlehem both suffer from crony capitalism. I'll have more about that next week.