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There are 7 comments on the The Morning Call story from Apr 29, 2007, titled Remodeling old schools makes cities healthier : The Morning Cal.... In it, The Morning Call reports that:

Remodeling old schools makes cities healthier ''All these problems, and more, could be alleviated if Pennsylvania valued walkable historic towns more than abundant parking spaces.'' THOMAS HYLTON Last week, the ...

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Informed Citizen

Stroudsburg, PA

#1 Apr 29, 2007
Go Tom! You know what you are talking about! It is all about a sense of place! We are losing it!
ASD taxpayer

AOL

#2 Apr 29, 2007
Beginning in the 50's,60's & 70's Allentown School District demolished/rented out nine elementary school buildings:Wolfe,Franklin,Herbs t,Stevens, Livingston,Garber-Horne,Frankl in,Wilson and Hunsicker. Those nine school buildings were never replaced. Those nine school buildings had total student populations of app.2700-3000+ students. Now we wonder why each and every ASD school building is overflowing with too many students in too little space.And now ASD is at a standstill wondering where in the world a mere 132 million dollars will come from to refinish/update only 6 of its buildings in its Phase One project!! When will we learn to FIX things ,not tear down,these existing 100 year old schools before they fall down?
Excellent editorial--every ASD parent and taxpayer should read.
Fritz

United States

#3 Apr 30, 2007
The people of Catasauqua voted in every election to keep the current schools up to date and not to build a new high school. Unfortunately some of the newly elected members flipped on their position and now Catasauqua is a state of dismay.
Joe Hilliard

Allentown, PA

#4 Apr 30, 2007
This should be revisited. One of the justifications to build new schools was that it wasn't much more than renovating existing buildings. However, with the rumor that the total project (before breaking any ground) might already cost about $40 million more than projected we, as a community, must address this question again.

Allentown's residents cannot afford this project. ASD should be demanding a sensible housing policy that would alleviate the "unexplained" population growth of school children.(I can provide this to City Hall for free this week, instead of spending grant money and waiting for 6 months).

But, common sense evaporates amongst government officials.
kathy65

Wilkes Barre, PA

#5 Apr 30, 2007
lest not we forget that re-modeling a school, the district can NOT get funds from the government, but re-building they can get $. Of course it is said it costs more to build, but owning an old school house and fixing it over the years...you could've fooled me....it would have been much easier and cheaper to build...BUT I do like the finished project
Hmm

Macungie, PA

#6 May 1, 2007
Joe Hilliard wrote:
This should be revisited. One of the justifications to build new schools was that it wasn't much more than renovating existing buildings. However, with the rumor that the total project (before breaking any ground) might already cost about $40 million more than projected we, as a community, must address this question again.
Allentown's residents cannot afford this project. ASD should be demanding a sensible housing policy that would alleviate the "unexplained" population growth of school children.(I can provide this to City Hall for free this week, instead of spending grant money and waiting for 6 months).
But, common sense evaporates amongst government officials.
As an (soon to be) ASD parent I want the district to proceed with it building plans. Granted I don't agree with all the aspects of it, like expanding Allen HS which is already the largest HS in the Lehigh Valley but I don't see any reason why my middle class child should have to sit in an overcrowded classroom, period. Under your theory, we should ignore the fact that the district is currently overcrowded and i should simply move out of Allentown. I doubt you have kids which would explain why you do not care.
I am interested what your proposed "housing policy" is. Are you going to stop larger families from moving into existing homes or rental units? I would like to know how. Do you want to force the middle class to not choose Allentown by stopping any new construction in the city?
At the end of the day, the grey hairs will soon all be dead off and younger families are moving in their place. I think our efforts should be more focused on expanding in a way that respects our neighborhood "walking" school system and making sure the state kicks in their fair share.
kathy65

Wilkes Barre, PA

#7 May 1, 2007
Hmm...I really agree with your points, coming from EASD as a kid and walking to my schools except high school (10-12. As a home/property owner in a rural district that has its schools in a country complex setting and all kids bussed, I do see the benefits of older students working with little ones and the sharing done between the schools, but I liked it much better in the old settings of (3 elementary schools alone)being on South Side easton...and a few in walking distance in Easton's downtown area....I'm afraid that ASD is going to be taken over sooner or later by the state....

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