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)

Allentown at 250 and 251: New Years Reflections On Our Work Together This Year and Beyond

New Years Eve marks the beginning of Allentown's 250th birthday celebration, a year-long observance for which I'm very excited. Over the past few weeks, I've been thinking about the progress we're all hoping to make in 2012 and the work being put in motion now that will make the Allentown of 2013 a healthier, more … Continue reading Allentown at 250 and 251: New Years Reflections On Our Work Together This Year and Beyond

At Christmas, a Tale of Two School Districts

A few months ago, I attended my first Community Partner meeting at Roosevelt Community School here in Allentown.  For those of you not familiar with the Community School model or how in works in this region, visit this page at the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley. Because of state budget cuts in education, … Continue reading At Christmas, a Tale of Two School Districts