Solidarity, Serendipity, Grace: a brief story from my morning

This is probably from 2013: Yesterday I reposted a three-year old piece about Hess's, the famed and sorely missed downtown commercial icon that owned the 20th century not just in Allentown but really across this part of Pennsylvania. As you know if you live here, Allentown is undergoing half-a-billion dollars in new capital investment. This … Continue reading Solidarity, Serendipity, Grace: a brief story from my morning

The Sub In Suburb: We’ve Been Building Suburbia on the Backs of the Urban Poor for 50 Years

I just posted an excerpt from and a link to a piece on Atlantic about the future of American cities.  Let me share again this salient point:"That economic shift away from cities was the root cause of America's urban collapse. Starting in the 1950s, the middle class – and the American Dream – migrated from … Continue reading The Sub In Suburb: We’ve Been Building Suburbia on the Backs of the Urban Poor for 50 Years

Finding Faith and Losing Sleep

Because of important things happening where I  live, I've been thinking a lot about Christians who have relationships of trust with politically and economically powerful people of faith, and and how the former can best connect the later to community constituencies with far less (if any) access.  Certainly, Christians who operate across these spheres are … Continue reading Finding Faith and Losing Sleep

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