St. Patrick’s Day U2Charist, Downtown Allentown

St. Patrick's U2Charist 7 PM Zion's Reformed UCC 620 W. Hamilton Street, Allentown PA Sponsored by the fellowship group New Thing in a Church Basement and Zions Reformed UCC, Allentown’s first-ever U2charist takes a page from similar worship gatherings held across the country in recent years, adding its own Celtic twist in honor of St. … Continue reading St. Patrick’s Day U2Charist, Downtown Allentown

My Thoughts on the Delta Thermo Deal and Last Night’s City Council Meeting and What I Said There

I just got home from City Council.  I had to leave before the vote, but not before I waited 4 hours to share my thoughts with the public and with Council. If you don't know what I'm talking about, you can learn about it here.  In the interest of time, I'm just going to post … Continue reading My Thoughts on the Delta Thermo Deal and Last Night’s City Council Meeting and What I Said There

Dear Wealthy School Districts: It’s Not Your Money, Anyway (A Note About Non-Property Taxes and the Earned Income Tax in Our Cities)

Even if you don't live in Allentown or the Lehigh Valley, if you're interested in infrastructure, urban renewal, and stopping suburban sprawl (let's call it "mall creep"), this post is for you. As you might know, the former Philadelphia Phantoms are coming to Allentown.  The Phantoms are the top-level developmental affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, … Continue reading Dear Wealthy School Districts: It’s Not Your Money, Anyway (A Note About Non-Property Taxes and the Earned Income Tax in Our Cities)

UGI Paid $40 Million on Improvements Last Year, Quintuple that Amount to Investors

When I humbly tweeted UGI asking them to hold back some dividend payments and spend more this year on fixing the aging pipes under homes and businesses in Allentown, I didn't know things that make the negligence that killed 5 city residents last year even more despicable: UGI has paid dividends EVERY YEAR SINCE 1885.  … Continue reading UGI Paid $40 Million on Improvements Last Year, Quintuple that Amount to Investors

UGI Responds, I’m Unimpressed

https://twitter.com/#!/UGI_Utilities/status/155286257566617600 My response? https://twitter.com/#!/ccocca/status/155364704930377728 Seriously.  You spent $40 million on infrastructure last year?  You want a cookie?  How much of that was spent in Allentown?  Five city residents died last year because you're not moving fast enough or spending enough money. How does that $40 million compare to the dividends you're paying out? Let's tweet … Continue reading UGI Responds, I’m Unimpressed