Poll: Allentown residents positive about the city but concerned about crime, schools – Pennsylvania News

Poll: Allentown residents positive about the city but concerned about crime, schools – Pennsylvania News

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.

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