Allentown residents mostly believe the city provides a good quality of life and is headed in the right direction, however, concerns about crime persist, according to a new Morning Call/Muhlenberg College poll.
Two out of three surveyed say they worry about becoming a crime victim in Allentown, and residents listed crime and safety as the No. 1 issue facing the city — outranking city schools and the job market.
Those concerns stand in contrast to residents’ feelings about overall life in the city. The majority surveyed — 53percent — said life in Allentown is getting better. Twenty-seven percent felt life was worsening, while 12 percent believed it has remained the same.
The poll also shows residents overwhelmingly say they believe the downtown PPL Center and surrounding hotel and office buildings have improved Allentown’s image. Eighty-five percent said the new development has had a very positive or generally positive effect.
Allentown residents are taking advantage of the facility, according to the poll. Forty-six percent said they have been to multiple events at PPL Center, which hosts concerts, graduations and Phantoms minor league hockey games, while 21 percent had been to one event.
The survey results, which were gathered from 408 city residents polled by phone in English and Spanish between March 22 and April 10, come just ahead of the May 16 primary in which city residents will decide whether to oust current city leadership or leave the door open for Mayor Ed Pawlowski to serve a fourth term.
Pawlowski faces six challengers for the Democratic nomination. The…
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