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In Allentown, Revitalizing A City Under Federal Investigation

People walking down the street in Allentown.
Lindsay Lazarski
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WHYY

When Allentown's hockey arena opened in November 2014, business owner Josh Tucker was over the moon.

It was opening night, an Eagles concert, and Tucker stood across the street from the arena, watching thousands of people spill onto the sidewalk from new restaurants and bars.

"It is the biggest happening in 30 years in downtown Allentown," Tucker said. 

Since 2009, Pennsylvania has been bankrolling the revitalization of its third-largest city: Allentown. The state created a tax incentive program to bring businesses and people to the city's struggling downtown...

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Keystone Crossroads is a new statewide public media initiative reporting on the challenges facing Pennsylvania's cities. WPSU is a participating station.   

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