Monthly Archives: November 2013

How do you Envision Home and Neighborhoods?


The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission is undertaking a Regional Housing Analysis of the LehighValley. How do you envision home and neighborhoods? Join in on a discussion on housing availability and choice and what you like and don’t like about your neighborhood.  Come share your vision and concerns.

Come to the Community Housing Plan meeting tonight November 25, 2013 at 6:30 PM at the East SideYouthCenter on 1140 E. Chair Street in Allentown. This event is a part of a series of discussions in the region that will support a new regional housing plan.

Can’t make it tonight?  A similar meeting will be held on December 3rd at 6:00 PM at the NCCCFowlerFamilySouthsideCenter on 511 East Third Street in Bethlehem.  These are the last two housing meetings so make sure to attend and make your voice heard.

If you can’t make these meetings, you can still participate! Follow this link to complete the Housing Matters survey being administered by the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission.  Your opinion is important, so make sure you participate.

On a similar note, if you’ve missed all of our Food Forums but would still like to learn about Fresh Food Access in our region, visit this link and you will be able to see our Fresh Food Access presentation right on YouTube.  Additionally, we encourage you to share your opinion and take the Fresh Food Forum Survey!  Thank you all for your continued support!

These meetings are a part of the EnvisionLehighValley managed by LVEDC.  With the Lehigh Valley projected to add another 145,000 new residents over the next 20 years (more than have moved here in the last 20 years), your input is needed to make sure that we create a sustainable future for the region.

Go to the website and register to get email blasts about upcoming meetings.  Under events, you will see what meetings are coming up, so that you can participate.  Go to our Envision Lehigh Valley Facebook page and like us.

The Smart Growth Book Discussion Club: Help Us Kickoff this Tuesday!

Come to the Allentown Brew Works at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, November 12 for the first meeting of the Smart Growth Book Discussion Club.

Come to network, educate yourself, and talk about how we can explore ideas to make the Lehigh Valley better.

We’ll dive right into James Howard Kunstler’s Home from Nowhere.  Publishers Weekly says, “In a slashing, fervent, practical, brilliant critique of the philosophy, or lack thereof, underpinning today’s dismal American cities and isolating suburbs, Kunstler argues that our streets, malls, parks, civic buildings and houses frustrate innate psychological needs, violate human scale and thwart our desire to participate in the larger world. An architectural design critic (The Geography of Nowhere) and a novelist, he champions “new urbanism,” an architectural reform movement dedicated to producing cohesive, mixed-use neighborhoods for people of widely different incomes, neighborhoods resembling U.S. towns prior to WWII. Using photos and line drawings throughout, he highlights numerous new urbanism-inspired projects around the country, from Seaside, a resort town on the Florida panhandle, to redevelopment schemes in Providence, Memphis, Columbus and Corning, N.Y.”

A few libraries have the book, or you can support RenewLV by purchasing it here

Don’t have time to read the book? No worries. We want your input about the future of the book club or anything else relevant to implementing smart growth. Or come just to listen and learn.

Email Joanne Guth at with questions or to RSVP (helpful, but not necessary).  Or better yet, sign up on Facebook:

Spread the word!

Do Sharrows in Allentown Encourage Cycling?