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Mayor Ed Pawlowski told 69 News on Tuesday that the city has decided where it wants to put the planned hockey arena.

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Danny M

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#22
May 17, 2011
 
I don't know who is more negative, Lehigh people or New Jersey people.
Maybe I am just an optimist.
Angry citizen

Pennington, NJ

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#23
May 17, 2011
 
The city didn't decide this.
The majority of the people of Allentown DO NOT want this travesty.
Wesnesday the 18th.
Allentown city council meeting at 7:30 PM at the court house.
Come on down.
Let your voice be heard.
Eminent domain is the business of scoundrels.
This is wrong and MUST be stopped.
bigdog

Bethlehem, PA

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#24
May 17, 2011
 
what a joke, like they actually debated where to put this thing!
I think the idea of putting the arena next to Coca-Cola Park has alot of merit! The parking and infrastructure is already there. And it's safe!
We all know damn well if they put the arena in dowmtown, the only people who will venture in to the downtown "restaurants and pubs" will be those from out of town who don't know any better and they will do it once and get a "taste of the Allentown "nightlife" of weirdos, thugs, hookers and wackos.The next game or concert they will spend their money in the arena and get out of downtown as fast as they can like those of us from the Valley do.
Way to go fast Eddie!
bill

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#25
May 17, 2011
 
Well well well another idiotic concept proposal by the Mayor of the Queen City, boy is he off target on the location, he outta stick with something he knows like preaching to his flock???????
The best location at hand is near to Coco Cola Park your are within sight of a major highway / easy of and on.
Joe from upper milford

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#26
May 17, 2011
 
The news of the phantoms thrilled me,but the way the mayor is handleing the proposed site is an outrage. allentown has two great sites for the arena. Queen city airport and the riverfront.
Joe from upper milford

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#27
May 17, 2011
 
what better site than queen city airport. right next to a major highway I78 and lehigh st. downtown is hard enough to get around without an arena.
Yeah

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#28
May 17, 2011
 
Easy access to that area! If Philadelphia can't support this team, how will Allentown? Does anyone living in that area know anything but how to shoot at a basket? Most of them don't know how many points are scored when a goal goes in from the blue line. I love Hockey, live 2 miles away, I'm sure as hell fire not going. Phantom fans will however, get it? Phantom. Sorry! Ed is Mayor only because no one ran against him. Everyone else is too smart to take over our sadly to say sewer town, those of us that have been here a while are looking for an easy way out, any $$$ suggestions?
Brian

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#29
May 17, 2011
 
I was really looking forward to hockey being in the Lehigh Valley, but unfortunately this location is terrible.
Good Luck.
been there

Bethlehem, PA

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#30
May 17, 2011
 
Supporter wrote:
They should implode that crumbling 13 story building on 6th and Hamilton then build down towards the Old Court House on 5th. That would make more sense.
Actually Mendelson had a plan to do that 15 years ago, it included Symphony Hall and the Colonial Theater
jack arnold

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#31
May 17, 2011
 
I was totally against this at one time alos. But if u think about.. The only way allentown is going get better is to bulid exciting things downtown, for people to do.. A hockey arena is a start. That will open up new shops and new dining areas etc.. If u think about it. if we increase security around the area of the arena there shouldnt be a prob.. If ur trying to comit a crime, sell a bag of crack, or hurt someone. Nine times outta temn ur not going to do it in front of the arena where all the security is.. All we have to do is beef up security.. Look how new york works.. The same type of people are up there. yea there are crimes in new york, but they have a lot of security, u dont see a lot of shootings and stuff happening while walking in times square... Lets see how this works out
stewart

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#32
May 17, 2011
 
this is what call a proffesional a hole in charge
doxiemom

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#33
May 17, 2011
 
Can't believe anyone thinks will be a good idea...i am stunned that the mayor thinks there is plenty of parking...i think the Riverfront would have been a much better idea. Seems most people responding to this agree.
Leo

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#34
May 17, 2011
 
That will not bring people into Allentown

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Since: Nov 10

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#35
May 17, 2011
 
Making a silk purse out of a sow's ear. Great, if anyone gets arrested the prison is only 2 blocks away. And the parking nazi's will make out like bandits.

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#36
May 17, 2011
 
Mike wrote:
Hockey fans will not want to go down town. Good luck filling seats. The smart move is to put it next to Coca Cola Park. The traffic system is in place already and they can share parking lots. We were looking forward to getting season tickets, but if it's downtown, no way will we go there.
Well stated.Even hockey fans won't go there. Are ya listening Ed?

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#37
May 17, 2011
 
jack arnold wrote:
I was totally against this at one time alos. But if u think about.. The only way allentown is going get better is to bulid exciting things downtown, for people to do.. A hockey arena is a start. That will open up new shops and new dining areas etc.. If u think about it. if we increase security around the area of the arena there shouldnt be a prob.. If ur trying to comit a crime, sell a bag of crack, or hurt someone. Nine times outta temn ur not going to do it in front of the arena where all the security is.. All we have to do is beef up security.. Look how new york works.. The same type of people are up there. yea there are crimes in new york, but they have a lot of security, u dont see a lot of shootings and stuff happening while walking in times square... Lets see how this works out
If security were the only major concern, we'd just hire more police,as did New York.

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#38
May 17, 2011
 
the news article said the developers have not commented on the site. does that mean it's not a done deal?

wouldn't all this negative publicity with the mayor using eminent domain on the local merchants and residents to make room for phantoms be bad for the pittsburgh based brooks group (team owners) who are partnering with the city to build the arena?

i for one am turned off and would not go near it.
Stewie

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#39
May 18, 2011
 
Using ED for a hockey arena... Ed Pawlowski is a racist. What happens to the minority shop owners? It is wrong, period, when there are other places to put Taxpayers Arena.

Viagra don't take care of this ED.
HMFIC

New Britain, CT

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#40
May 18, 2011
 
Leo wrote:
That will not bring people into Allentown
...right. Hopefully, its existence will take people (and I use that term loosely) OUT of the city. I actually think it's a decent use of eminent domain - force out the trash.
Drew

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#41
May 18, 2011
 
Mike wrote:
Hockey fans will not want to go down town. Good luck filling seats. The smart move is to put it next to Coca Cola Park. The traffic system is in place already and they can share parking lots. We were looking forward to getting season tickets, but if it's downtown, no way will we go there.
Why do you say hockey fans won't go down town? Most hockey arenas across the country are built downtown in their respected city. Philadelphia is the exception where there is a sports complex outside of the downtown area. The New Jersey Devils built Prudential Center in downtown Newark. I went to a Devils/Flyers game at the Rock and had no problems at all.

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