Before he stepped down as chair of Bethlehem’s Planning Commission at its Jan. 14 meeting, Attorney Jim Fiorentino invited Mayor Bob Donchez and Community and Economic Development Director Alicia Karner to appear and explain the “exact nature” of their discussions with Martin Tower developer Lew Ronca. But neither Donchez nor Karner accepted.
If Bethlehem is the jewel of the Lehigh Valley, its Historic and Southside shopping districts are its two brightest stars. Iconic shops like the Aardvark Sports Shop and Donegal Square blend nicely with the Moravian Book Shop, arguably the oldest operating bookstore in the world. Across the river, Homebase Skate Shop, the Southside 313 Bar and Cutters Bike Shop are just a few destinations dotting the Greenway between Third and Fourth streets.