Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Friday, June 11, 2010

New Banners for Seventh Street


The new banners are up! Their vivid coloring is only partly captured by the photo; they must be seen in person.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

7th Street Community Festival


The kids and I had a fabulous time at the 7th Street Community Festival on Saturday. The festival, held in the St. Luke's Church parking lot, was well-attended. Snakes and rodents of unusual size were on display from the Lehigh Valley Zoo. Face-painting, a water tunnel, the requisite bouncy castle: It was all there.


Sunday, June 6, 2010

Seventh Street Praised in Call Article

The Morning Call's story on the new Main Street manager for Hamilton Street cites Seventh Street as the city's model:

The Main Street program has proven successful on Allentown's Seventh Street, which earned the designation in 2006. The once-gritty corridor now is bustling with the business of shoppers and diners. Storefront vacancies went from 40 percent in 2005 to 5 percent today, said Peter Lewnes, manager of the Seventh Street Main Street program. In securing the program for Hamilton Street, officials hope to mimic that success.

"It is very critical to have somebody to market and push the downtown," Mayor Ed Pawlowski said after the news conference. "We have had individuals off and on being able to focus on the area from their citywide duties as well, but we have not had one concerted effort focusing on Hamilton Street in many years."

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Progress on Happy Garden's New Sign: Photo

Happy Garden

Happy Garden, the excellent Chinese restaurant at Seventh and Liberty, is getting a new sign and street-level facade makeover. (The Liberty-facing brick paint and Seventh-facing upper-floor facade work was completed last year.)