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Allentown is a city located in a pastoral part of Pennsylvania Dutch Country called the Lehigh Valley. This area is booming and is part of one of the largest metropolitan areas in the state that officially consists of the neighboring towns of Carbon, Lehigh and Northampton. Allentown is fifty miles north of Philadelphia, 80 miles east of Harrisburg and only 90 miles west of New York City. This makes this city a real crossroads and according to our gay realtor Allentown LGBT residents are not far away from the nightlife and organizations in nearby cities.
Economically the city is still known for its breweries and textile factories. This is also a very traditional place that is known for its conservative views and focus on traditional suburban family-focused lifestyle. That is why it is quite important that LGBT buyers consult with an Allentown gay realtor to find the ideal property for you to buy.
The downtown is called Center City and is bordered by Little Lehigh Creek. It is home to the Allentown Art Museum, the Allentown Symphony Hall, the Baum School of Art, the Lehigh County Historical Society and Heritage Museum and the Liberty Bell Museum. Centertown is a city within a city with its own population of just over 50,000 and attitudes are more progressive in the area around the Baum School of Art. The Allentown Art Museum is quite notable for its collection and Renaissance and Baroque paintings as well as its collection of impressionist American paintings. There is also a strong theater community in Allentown called the Civic Theatre of Allentown that is over eighty years old.
Center City also offers ample opportunity for investment as it is in development with many hotels, parking decks, arenas and shopping centers being built in the 7th and Hamilton Street areas.
Another notable feature of living here is the cuisine which is based on the Pennsylvania German heritage and includes such foodstuffs as scrapple, apple butter, cheese steaks, cheesecakes, Shoofly pie, birch beer and funnel cakes. There is s also a downtown farmer’s market held every weekend in Center City.
Allentown also has one of the best park systems in the United States inspired by the City Beautiful Movement. There are scores of park here including the West Park, Trexler Park, the Cedar Parkway and the Trout Nursery in Lehigh Parkway. There are also many parks located along the city’s locks and canals.
There are also scores of recreational sites in Allentown including the Allentown Municipal Golf Course, the Cedar Beach Pool, the Fountain Beach Pool and the enormous Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom.