Friday, April 30, 2021

Say Hello to James Whitney, Allentown Contributor to Lehigh Valley Ramblings

James Whitney, cat and Shelby Edwards
Although this blog is called Lehigh Valley Ramblings, I focus mainly on Northampton County. As I advance in age, it is no longer possible for me to cover meetings in the vast expanse of the Lehigh Valley. So several months ago, I issued a plea for contributors who are willing to share insights about their localities. We are all fortunate that Brad Osborne, a former South Whitehall Township and Lehigh County Commissioner, has been peeling away the onion layers in South Whitehall. Now I wish to introduce a second contributor, James Whitney, who will be offering stories about the Lehigh Valley's largest and most interesting local government - Allentown. 

I first met Whitney and his partner Shelby Edwards a few years ago, when they experienced several problems with a facade grant for their Hamilton Street property. They did considerable research, enough to rival the investigative reporting at a major newspaper. Their work managed to piss everyone off, including CACLV's Alan Jennings, the CACLV board and Peter Lewnes, their Main Street manager. The research done by Whitney and Edwards, which I chronicled in several stories, exposed more than a bit of self-dealing. They are relentless advocates of good government. 

In the story below, you'll see Whitney's inaugural story. 

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Pissed off Lewnes and Jennings? I'm all in, sounds like another outstanding blog, I can't wait!!

Anonymous said...

Bernie,

Remember that story and the dollar amounts of benefits some folks received.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Whitney,

How can city residents contact you via phone?


Anonymous said...

I’m actually more interested in what their cat has to say

Anonymous said...

Bernie,

One day as Pawlowski was hosting another slum landlord event in a "vacant" property, folks inside the building were looking down at the crowd below If your new associate wants another story idea, research what happened to each of those properties.

Brad Osborne said...

Welcome aboard, James! I’ll be reading your entries!

Anonymous said...

Good luck to James .Its always great to hear about My Old Home Town

Anonymous said...

Pawlowski and Jennings mentored many now locals the ins and outs of the real estate biz. Jennings poverty pimp experience has now become a real property venture with Scott Unger on board and also sitting in on zoning issues with some aquired rentable blighted industrial sites.
James and Shelby won't have to dig much for many entertaining stories of Allentowns happenings that could surpass Pawlowski antics of criminality.

Anonymous said...

Researching Julio Guridy's and Convict Ed "Disgrace" DeGrace's long association could be interesting...

Anonymous said...

Bernie

Correction to prior entry:

Message should read: Please ask Mr. Whitney to create a phone number Allentown residents are allowed to use to reach him.

Apologize for having message indicated "your" phone number. Would never ask for your phone number.

Anonymous said...

Here's an interesting story, ask Julio Guridy why he blocks and bans from his Mayoral page anyone who links to this article: https://lehighvalleyramblings.blogspot.com/2012/05/did-mayor-pawlwoski-launder-8000.html

Anonymous said...

"I’m actually more interested in what their cat has to say"
April 30, 2021 at 8:56 AM


Cat here. You're an idiot.

Anonymous said...

April 30 @ 8:56 AM Keep your comments to yourself Mr Pawlowski . Look forward to seeing you in 2033.

Pamela said...

@6:14: well-played!