Allentown, PA

A city in Central Eastern PA between Philadelphia and New York.
Added on 12/30/2005
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manik247
03/27/2011

Allentown, PA 2

Allentown is a cultural battle ground. The place is being over run by Hispanics from the ghettos of the larger cities. It's ruined because of it. I was born and raised here and can't wait to take my family and escape the crime and gangs that moved in with the minorities. Racial diversity is fine if the newest cultures played fair. The Hispanics are loud , rude and self centered. Racism would not be as bad if they learned not to impede on the lives of others. I can't even watch Tv in my house because of radios blaring out of the cars with all the doors open while they wax their 1984 Honda with bondo spot , can't sleep because of the 14 yr old next door playing basketball in the alley at 2am who looks at me like I have 4 heads when I ask him what he's doing let alone where his parents are. I was not born a racist but have steadily become one.

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likealaser555
07/22/2009

Allentown, PA 1

Allentown has nothing.
The arts community is a joke.
Civic theatre's big production this year--a musical about a theater company in a neighboring city?
Really ? seriously?

Public transportation here is atrocious. Roundabout routes, long waits between transfers.
Someone needs to tell LANTA that a couple of bus shelters on one street does not constitute a "transportation center".

Then there is the library system. Pathetic.

What is a thinking person supposed to do in this town, anyway?

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edt4
05/12/2008

Allentown, PA 2

The only reason I ever visited the city was because a guy I knew from NJ had moved out there, and I had some business to conduct with him. The only redeeming feature I could think of when it came to Allentown was the fact that it was pretty easy to get to-- straight west on Rt. 78 to Rt. 22 (I think; it's been awhile since I've been there) and then straight to the exit at MacArthur Road (again, I think). In fairness, I never spent much time in the place, or traveled extensively through it, as I wasn't really there to sight-see, but what I did see I found incredibly dreary and dead in a way that no other city I've ever been in before was dead, and I'm speaking as someone who was born in Newark, NJ, and grew up around Paterson. When I think of Allentown, I think of the color gray, and grime embedded into brick, of ancient flaking paint, of one depressing storefront and thrift shop after another, and a bleached sky looking down on it all, centered around a Dunkin' Donuts that seemed to be the hub of all social activity in the area I was in. I've never liked Pennsylvania, and I've never been too impressed by any of its cities that I've been to, but at least the rest of them seemed to have at least SOMETHING to distinguish them. I was unimpressed with Philadelphia overall, but it does have a cultural life of some kind, even if its miniscule and bland in comparison to the cultural life of NY or San Francisco or Boston. Even Easton has crayons, and a bookstore or 2. Allentown has...a Dunkin Donuts where farmers and guys in pick-up trucks can network. Let's put it this way; if you're a city and the only person singing a song about you is Billy Joel, you have big, big problems.

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allentownisadu mp
04/26/2008

Allentown, PA 1

Allentown is the worst place in the whole entire world. People who I really care about reside there and I wish they didn't so I could just completely feel disgust and hatred for the dump. Don't go there, don't live there, don't spend your energy or money there - it will never improve. Just check this out for an informed perspective www.f-allentown.blogspot.com

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cyqing
11/10/2007

Allentown, PA 3

Dorney Park...not much else

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allentown
08/25/2007

Allentown, PA 4

The West End is the best end! It's also much better than that ghetto, Easton. Plus the song kicks ass.

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hamilton3619
12/07/2006

Allentown, PA 2

Well, I googled the topic for racism in allentown, pa and got this. The reason I searched is that my in-law, who has been living in town for nearly over an year and found his car window smashed in front of his house. Whole family is peaceful, loving and caring for the place and people they live around... I link it to racism since no one around the area is of medium brown skin than them. What do you guys think of it?

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Marlane
07/03/2006

Allentown, PA 3

Can't think of one reason to visit unless you're a Lehigh graduate...or want to be! But if you go, bring your comfortable shoes -- it's very hilly!

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kziren
03/21/2006

Allentown, PA 3

I've been living in Allentown for about 3 years, Moved here from NY. I've noticed the racism and the struggle to keep this place unchanged, but the world does not belong to one culture and people should get over it. There are good latinos as there are bad, but every culture has this factor. The racism is indirect, with ignorant comments,I haven't had any direct confrontation besides the usual enlightening of the uninformed. The cost of living here is great, I would encourage more minority races to move here, so that people can get used to the multiculturism that is the world. This place is not as happening as NY, but with a little help from entreprenuers and people with vision I can see this place becoming a hot spot. There is talk of a new casino opening here, so if you want to buy an affordable home better do it now. Price range for homes is 45,000 to 130,000 for a row home in the central/west area of allentown. 160,000 to 200,000 for a single in the east side. You can check out homes in the lehigh valley area(Allentown,Bethlehem,Easton,etc.) at www.LVARMLS.com, and check out mortgage loans from Penn Funding(ask for Igor), they have great plans.

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kingguiness
12/30/2005

Allentown, PA 3

Well, it's my hometown and I've never liked it that much. Im still not crazy about it but after doing extensive traveling I have found worse places. For an area between two major cities NY and Philadelphia you would think it's a happening place but it's not. There are Colleges closeby such as Muhlenberg and Cedar Crest in the city limits and Lehigh and Moravian over in Bethlehem. The students have nothing to do but drink 50 cent drafts at the Main Gate on thursday nights. The old PA Dutch folk have generally tended to be boring and unadventurous. This has influenced the whole culture. Change is not accepted. Anytime a hip club opens some boring pipe smoking fart will start a movement to shut it down. Half the people have never traveled anywhere. When I tell people I've been here and there I get weird looks. It's considered a major excursion to go to Easton which is 20 miles away. Racism is abound. All the old German Dutchies and Poles whine about the Latinos from NY taking over and speaking spanish. This is hypocrtical as they did the same thing back in the 1800s. NY Migrants may find a lower cost of living but there is a major change in the social scene which the jetset hip youngsters usually can't deal with. On the positive there is a good park system and the West end of Allentown is very nice. The End.

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