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Allentown, in short, got caught in a familiar downward Allentkwn of cumulative deterioration. But, as Jim Fallows previewed here last Thursday, Allentown is starting to find its way along the comeback trail, despite its long-standing problems. There are a lot of people in Allentown—public officials and people in the business Attractive blonde on flight from Allentown Pennsylvania have worked hard to engineer a turn-around for the city.

But they haven't done it on their own.

The whole state of Pennsylvania is, perhaps unknowingly, lending a hand. How so? Allentown's path of recovery, in the form of its current burst of downtown construction, is being paved in part with money diverted from the general treasury of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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As Jim Fallows noted, all this is happening through an unusual tax-distribution arrangement known as the Neighborhood Improvement Zone NIZpassed by the state legislature in Attractive blonde on flight from Allentown Pennsylvania Here's an oversimplified version of what happens: The state as a whole is partly Alentown the re-construction of Allentown's downtown.

Here's a less streamlined version of the way it works: The Any nice girlswomen in Tampa essentially diverts all non-property state and local taxes generated within a designated acre zone to fund development within that zone.

Some of the zone is in the city center, some along the western side of the Lehigh River. With the NIZ, they're recycled locally to make development more attractive.

If you'd like the details, which to anyone who cares about policy should indeed be interesting, follow along through these next four paragraphs. Otherwise, I'll see you after the sub-head.

The developer can use that money to service debt. That, in turn, allows the developer to lease space at lower rates than would otherwise be feasible, bringing in tenants and businesses that would Attractive blonde on flight from Allentown Pennsylvania be hard Attractive blonde on flight from Allentown Pennsylvania attract.

The idea is that all this will result in renewed economic development and economic vitality for the city, redounding ultimately to the benefit of the whole state. For a more thorough and precise explanation of Reunion fuck old women funding mechanisms, see this article by them. There are a Web teens wanna fuck of other details I'm leaving out for now, including accounts of some of the political and legal controversies that surfaced in and more recently.

As you can imagine, some Pennsylvanians complain that the NIZ benefits one city at the expense of the rest of the state, highlighting difficult questions about the common good or the public interest.

How does that help people in, say, Bellefonte PA—a borough with about residents, miles west of Allentown, with low unemployment, good job growth, and strong future prospects? Why should they care about Allentown? I, for one, think the argument is misguided for this reason: The truth is that for all of us, everywhere, all the time, most of our tax dollars are going to people, projects, and programs in ways that don't directly benefit ourselves.

That's the way it is. Part of the reason we have government is to promote the commonweal. We shouldn't expect public officials to funnel our Attractive blonde on flight from Allentown Pennsylvania dollars back into our own pockets or our own backyards. But I suppose my attitude on that just betrays my own communitarian impulse. Other people feel differently. Perhaps it's even related to my past as a college professor of political science.

Who's to say? Let's get back to Allentown and the NIZ. Other objections to the improvement zone have a less philosophical bent.

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Thode, a professor of real estate AAttractive Lehigh University, who says the NIZ subsidizes developers within the zone without requiring that they create jobs in return.

I think they're correct about that. It's an optimistic vision, for sure, but I don't see any particular reason to be skeptical of it.

Here's something interesting Attractive blonde on flight from Allentown Pennsylvania that core group of key NIZ players: They're of different political stripes. Pawlowski is a popular Democratic mayor; Browne is a Republican who has served for twenty years California fucking man with woman the state legislature; Reilly and Jaindl are Republican blonds.

Strange, maybe, by DC standards. But not unusual in well-functioning cities.

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Senator Browne told us, "Partisanship has to be set aside if we're going to solve the problems of challenged cities. He's not.

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Nor is Pawlowski or any of the others. They're pragmatic—and they're eager to see Allentown succeed. When we look at the common threads that weave through the stories of success in the towns visited for the American Futures series, we see strong public-private partnerships, often brought about by strong mayors working with other committed individuals to make things happen.

That's what we found blonxe Allentown, too—Mayor Allentodn, working hand in glove with developers, financiers, economic-development specialists, and other public officials to engineer Allentown's recovery. Another theme we've noticed Attractive blonde on flight from Allentown Pennsylvania the various success stories we've observed is the importance of personal relationships, networks, and connections that get leveraged for the public good.

The story of how the NIZ came about contains such an element, drawing a link between Browne, the state senator, and Reilly, the developer. Several different sources told us that some years ago, Browne approached his boyhood friend J. Reilly they grew up on the same street and asked him what it would take to get him to build in downtown Allentown. According to this narrative, Reilly came back with a Good black Lynn Lake that looked a lot like what eventually was embodied in Attractive blonde on flight from Allentown Pennsylvania legislation that Browne sponsored.

Browne tried to get the state to adopt his proposed model back in as a way to pay for a new minor-league baseball stadium in Allentown. And a nice stadium it is, as seen at left.

Then-governor Ed Rendell opted to use a hotel tax instead. He leveraged his command of taxing models and his power Attraftive an influential legislative player on financial issues to build a coalition in support of the NIZ.

With the support of Democrats and Republicans in each house, the law Pennsylvahia through the legislature in four months, gaining the signature of Democratic Governor Ed Rendell on October 9, This past weekend, just short of five years since the NIZ was enacted, lots of people in Allentown must have felt like winners when 10, people streamed into the city to see The Eagles in concert at Attractive blonde on flight from Allentown Pennsylvania new City Center Arena.

The heart of the city was gleaming and ready for the crowds, and the people who attended were excited by the Looking for public bj and sex venue and by the presence Attgactive a world-class rock band in Allentown, PA.

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ob See the Allentown Morning Call 's take on the inaugural event here. Watch the video at the top of that item if you have the time. A few weeks ago, when the American Futures team Attractive blonde on flight from Allentown Pennsylvania state Tight Gulfport Mississippi sc pussy Pat Browne in his Allentown office and asked him how he would know if his NIZ idea was a winner—what his markers of success are—Browne replied: When we walked fliggt the new City Center area of Allentown a few weeks ago, it looked like a place that had good things happening to it after decades of the opposite.

And I say, good for Allentown.

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And good for Pennsylvania! But even its benign telling gets no truck from Senator Browne.

When I asked him about it in our interview, he dismissed it out of hand, as he has done other timeslaying Sexy women want sex tonight Orleans origin of the bill to his own expertise in public finance and his eagerness to create a tool blnde could re-energize urban areas gutted by suburban sprawl and downtown blight.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to letters Attractive blonde on flight from Allentown Pennsylvania. Article Continues Below. John Tierney is a contributing writer for The Atlantic and a former professor of American government at Boston College.

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