21st Century Growth and Change in the Urban Cores of the Lehigh Valley: A Community Conversation


This program is brought to you by Greater Easton Development Partnership and Sigal Museum.

America’s urban landscape is changing. In this Community Conversation, urban designer, architect, and planner Kevin Klinkenberg will facilitate a discussion of the historical factors that disrupted cities and what is possible for our small urban communities moving forward. The talk will be followed by a moderated panel discussion with Kevin, Pennsylvania State Representative Robert Freeman and others, as well as a community Q&A and dialogue.

Klinkenberg will look back at how Urban Renewal programs gutted our cities of much of their population and vibrancy (including the removal of Easton’s “Lebanese Town”), how cities continue to heal some of those wounds, and what smaller cities like Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton can do to make the most of this current period of re-invention.

A particular focus of the talk will be today’s changing economy, generational shifts and trends, and targeted practical steps that can be taken to revitalize our urban cores.

Join Sigal Museum for an exploration of how small cities can succeed and be sustainable, while creating a strong, connected sense of community.

This program is sponsored by the Lehigh Valley Engaged Humanities Consortium, with generous support provided by a grant to Lafayette College from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.