Downtown Easton Redevelopment Efforts Recognized
I love reading articles praising redevelopment efforts in the cities of Lehigh Valley. The Express-Times editorial board published such a piece today, highlighting how far downtown Easton has improved over the last few years. The article spotlights the growing businesses in the center city district, the facade restorations on Northampton St, and the work of Lafayette College in the revitalization efforts.
The editors urge those individuals who haven’t ventured into Easton in some time to come by and take a second look, declaring that “Something is happening in downtown Easton. Something worth seeing.” And I completely agree.
I can’t exactly recall my first visit to Easton, but I fell in love with the downtown city almost instantly. I have become even more enamored with it after taking part in an Urban Land Institute tour of Easton, led by its mayor (and smart growth advocate) Sal Panto, Jr. Easton has some fantastic redevelopment projects in the works currently – such as the Silk Mill project and the Nature Nurture center – and the revitalization effort is due in large part to the mayor’s work, and the work of other key employees of the city.
I have had the pleasure of spending a few fun evenings in Easton since moving to the Lehigh Valley, and I encourage all residents of the region (and those living outside of the region) who haven’t explored Easton’s downtown to rush there as soon as possible. From the fantastic restaurants, to the amazing art galleries (such as Connexions on Northampton St), and the entertaining State Theater shows, there’s something for everyone.