The great outdoors A WAY TO LEAD PEOPLE DOWNTOWN?

Slatington , once a slate and railroad hub, could find a new identity as a hiking and biking town under a proposal that would create a trailhead by the Lehigh River and promote the multiple trails that converge along the river. Full Story
slatington homeowner

AOL

#2 Apr 21, 2009
Nothing, I mean NOTHING will bring back downtown Slatington, especially a hiking trail. Short of new leadership and vision Slatington will never rebound. There already is an area to gather for hiking and we always see the same people every week. I doubt there will be much more interest than those few who already gather there. As far as Slatington goes, I owned 3 businesses there on Main Street. We moved them because of the ridiculous parking rules. My employees and customers kept getting parking tickets by that overzealous parking lady. That is the main reason Slatington's so called business district is all but completely abandoned. Just look at the number of empty buildings in the 600 block. Disgusting, and the 'town fathers' are clueless. Dan Stevens tries hard, but scant few others pitch in.
Imagine that

Walnutport, PA

#3 Apr 21, 2009
Wow this paints a nice picture of the area. There is beautiful scenery. However who would like to spend the night in a town that is full of white trash. Don't get me wrong there is alot of good in the area. I lived there for years and moved for a reason. Just go to the big carnival and see what comes out at night!Not only do they have to clean up the historical buildings, but get people in them that can apreciate the value.Did the article mention that the trail goes right along the "village"?
I Love Slatington

Schnecksville, PA

#4 Apr 21, 2009
Change does not happen over night. The good people of Slatington need to work together and take back the streets before we have another Allentown on our hands. This trail idea seems like a step in the right direction.
Mark

San Diego, CA

#5 Apr 21, 2009
slatington homeowner wrote:
Nothing, I mean NOTHING will bring back downtown Slatington, especially a hiking trail. Short of new leadership and vision Slatington will never rebound. There already is an area to gather for hiking and we always see the same people every week. I doubt there will be much more interest than those few who already gather there. As far as Slatington goes, I owned 3 businesses there on Main Street. We moved them because of the ridiculous parking rules. My employees and customers kept getting parking tickets by that overzealous parking lady. That is the main reason Slatington's so called business district is all but completely abandoned. Just look at the number of empty buildings in the 600 block. Disgusting, and the 'town fathers' are clueless. Dan Stevens tries hard, but scant few others pitch in.
There's still a lot of empty buildings in the 600 block?

Since: Feb 07

New York, NY

#6 Apr 21, 2009
poor people are worthless wrote:
" a hiking and biking town."
a lonnng article written by sarah, a dippy hippy...? SOME people walking or bicycling some trail on what was once a railroad ain't gonna bring in millions of dollars and hundreds of jobs that a railroad 100 years ago.
jeesus chrst, that should be the most basic common sense; this is sort of article expect in a high school newspaper.
You pick on somebody else's writing when you can't form a basic sentence!
I care

Chesterfield, MO

#7 Apr 21, 2009
Just another place for the gangs to hang out and bring more in. Now they will have cover from the weather, oh boy. This area is getting so bad, you have slum landlords from Allentown coming in and buying the property to rent to the HUD and welfare people. I saw a family walking on Saturday with 5 kids under the age of 10 and the woman was pregant again. They think this is going to be good for Slatington/Walnutport what a joke.
Mad Liberal

Allentown, PA

#8 Apr 21, 2009
Hey all you hud low life people with 6 kids move to Slatington where the hud housing is abundent!!! Slatington is shhhitt hole compared to Walnutport. Walnutport limited their hud housing,(one building), and you can see the difference in crime, appearance, and overall pride. Maybe if Slatington's olce would do something rather than sit in the police station all the time. And why did Slatington cut down all of the trees on Main Street. Nice, well at least Slatington left the tree stumps for everyone to see. Also, Borough council is a joke. They are all power triping nobodies. Here is how I would fix Slatington.

Get rid of all hud housing!

Move the police deaprtment to the 600 block of Main Street.

Make Burkie Chief.

Get rid of all the part-time police officers, since all they do is sit in the police station.

Give tax breaks to the business that are in Slatington.

Get rid of issuing parking tickets during business hours.

Set a minimal age limit for council 55 years old.

Have an advisement board of senior residents.

This is how you start to improve Slatington.
Hard Times

Kempton, PA

#10 Apr 21, 2009
I Love Slatington wrote:
Change does not happen over night. The good people of Slatington need to work together and take back the streets before we have another Allentown on our hands. This trail idea seems like a step in the right direction.
Slatington is know as the second largest gang problem area (drugs) in 3 counties.....I wonder how that problem can be fixed?

Since: Feb 07

New York, NY

#12 Apr 21, 2009
poor people are worthless wrote:
<quoted text>am i getting PAID, professionally, for this...?
do i have the hippy concept that a hiking trail will bring millions of dollars to a small town???
is the morning call a 21st century adult newspaper or a height ashbury 1960s teenage rag?
True enough :)

Since: Feb 07

New York, NY

#14 Apr 21, 2009
poor people are worthless wrote:
<quoted text>have a nice day.:)
Thank you, and you as well! Hopefully I'm over my grumpiness now. Thank you for not dishing it back at me.
Mark

San Diego, CA

#15 Apr 21, 2009
Mad Liberal wrote:
Hey all you hud low life people with 6 kids move to Slatington where the hud housing is abundent!!! Slatington is shhhitt hole compared to Walnutport. Walnutport limited their hud housing,(one building), and you can see the difference in crime, appearance, and overall pride. Maybe if Slatington's olce would do something rather than sit in the police station all the time. And why did Slatington cut down all of the trees on Main Street. Nice, well at least Slatington left the tree stumps for everyone to see. Also, Borough council is a joke. They are all power triping nobodies. Here is how I would fix Slatington.
Get rid of all hud housing!
Move the police deaprtment to the 600 block of Main Street.
Make Burkie Chief.
Get rid of all the part-time police officers, since all they do is sit in the police station.
Give tax breaks to the business that are in Slatington.
Get rid of issuing parking tickets during business hours.
Set a minimal age limit for council 55 years old.
Have an advisement board of senior residents.
This is how you start to improve Slatington.
Does Burke still work there?
put up a map

Slatington, PA

#16 Apr 21, 2009
can you guys put up a map where this would go an why not connect all the trails from easton to whitehaven so people can get around when they cant afford there cars any more or is this the plan
Reaheeeely

Walnutport, PA

#17 Apr 21, 2009
I Love Slatington wrote:
Change does not happen over night. The good people of Slatington need to work together and take back the streets before we have another Allentown on our hands. This trail idea seems like a step in the right direction.
Hmmmm....sounds like some out with the new and in with the old is exactly what Slatington needs to rebound. Most hikers and bicyclists really appreciate the histories of the towns in the LV area. Maybe some sort of rail museum that would also attract people. Maybe take full advantage of those historical buildings they have. Okay, that's in with the old. Out with the new, on the other hand, involves detering the "bad element". Sounds like control of the HUD thing is the key to serve up some change on that front. Poster... Nice to see someone on here without "quitten" in em!
I care

Chesterfield, MO

#18 Apr 21, 2009
Mark wrote:
<quoted text>
Does Burke still work there?
Yes George is still there.
Palmerton Walker

Lehighton, PA

#19 Apr 21, 2009
This is a very nice idea but I hope they can afford to install unbreakable video cameras so they can identify the vandals. The boy scouts previously put nice slate benches and wooden shelters on the trail, which were promptly ruined. And as someone else stated, the trail runs by 7th Street Village, a HUD apartment complex where walkers are approached by underpriviledged children and chased by dogs who don't have proper supervision. The trailhead facility sounds like a nice place - if the vagrants don't decide to use it for sleep-overs and laundry purposes. I can't wait to see how this works out.
2 cents

Greensboro, NC

#20 Apr 21, 2009
This is a well written little article.

Good news -- good for slatington's future!
ugh

Flanders, NJ

#21 Apr 21, 2009
Palmerton Walker wrote:
This is a very nice idea but I hope they can afford to install unbreakable video cameras so they can identify the vandals. The boy scouts previously put nice slate benches and wooden shelters on the trail, which were promptly ruined. And as someone else stated, the trail runs by 7th Street Village, a HUD apartment complex where walkers are approached by underpriviledged children and chased by dogs who don't have proper supervision. The trailhead facility sounds like a nice place - if the vagrants don't decide to use it for sleep-overs and laundry purposes. I can't wait to see how this works out.
<sarcasm> Nice to know some things don't change. </sarcasm>

Slatington was a drug-infested craphole when I lived there in the 70s and 80s. I'm glad to be out.

If they can clean it up, that would be great. I wish them the best of luck, since it'll take an act of god to change the culture there.
Mark

San Diego, CA

#22 Apr 21, 2009
I care wrote:
<quoted text>
Yes George is still there.
Thanks for letting me know. I'll have to stop in to say hello next time I travel east.
Paul

Bethlehem, PA

#23 Apr 22, 2009
Mad Liberal wrote:
Hey all you hud low life people with 6 kids move to Slatington where the hud housing is abundent!!! Slatington is shhhitt hole compared to Walnutport. Walnutport limited their hud housing,(one building), and you can see the difference in crime, appearance, and overall pride. Maybe if Slatington's olce would do something rather than sit in the police station all the time. And why did Slatington cut down all of the trees on Main Street. Nice, well at least Slatington left the tree stumps for everyone to see. Also, Borough council is a joke. They are all power triping nobodies. Here is how I would fix Slatington.
Get rid of all hud housing!
Move the police deaprtment to the 600 block of Main Street.
Make Burkie Chief.
Get rid of all the part-time police officers, since all they do is sit in the police station.
Give tax breaks to the business that are in Slatington.
Get rid of issuing parking tickets during business hours.
Set a minimal age limit for council 55 years old.
Have an advisement board of senior residents.
This is how you start to improve Slatington.
What great ideals

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