0126. Staying alive, staying alive ah, ah, ah, ah... (USA 058--revisit)

Bethlehem Travel Blog

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The mammoth, rusty remains of the steelworks plant is a grim reminder that things aren't what they used to be here in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania...and yet this place doesn't have the feel of a dying city...

 Back in 2005, I was on my way with my wife to Newark where we’d fly to France.   I had a hankering to explore something along the way, so I convinced her that we stop in Bethlehem and have a look around.  I remember being struck by the contrast between the hulking ruins of ancient steelworks, and the pleasant homey feel of the college campus.  And it was also an important baby step towards learning how to create memorable experiences whenever possible.  I know if we had just driven straight to the airport, that day would’ve forever disappeared into anonymity.

 Today I’m back.

  I park  my car at the edge of town and wander through the parks, residential neighborhoods--take a video clip at the beautiful Moravian College--finally find a very alive Main Street... explore the museum of Bethlehem's early metalworking days... Hiked along the old canal that was used to carry coal downriver through dozens of locks... Other than the old steelworks plant, didn't see much sign of urban decay anywhere...

 But nothing I see resembles what I'd seen on my first visit to Bethlehem... then I cross the river and find--a whole new city with a whole new Main Street and a whole new vibe of it's own!  I kind of wish it were two cities so I could give myself credit for parkbenching two cities--but nope--it's all Bethlehem...

 Cheers to the folks in Bethlehem.  It's nice to see an old Steel Town that's still staying alive...


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