3 months into his time period as Bethlehem mayor, J. William Reynolds goals to take a look at metropolis's wants by means of the eyes of its residents

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Bethlehem has some huge issues coming.

“I spotted I wished to be part of guiding and main the longer term for our metropolis,” Bethlehem Mayor J. William Reynolds mentioned.

And though Reynolds is just three months into his time period, his ties to the town began the day he was born.

“I grew up within the metropolis of Bethlehem and I’ve spent my complete life right here. Rising up in Bethlehem, it is a particular neighborhood,” Reynolds mentioned.

Mayor Reynolds understands the town firsthand, making it that a lot simpler to attach with residents, perceive what it’s they worth, and make sure that everybody has a voice.

“We strive to not use the pronoun I, it is extra about we,” Reynolds mentioned.

The give attention to “We” is among the huge themes surrounding his present initiative referred to as Northside 2027. That initiative is a strategy to revitalize the town with issues like a meals co-op the place a bunch of neighbors are working to open a community-owned, full-service grocery retailer.

One other focus for revitalization is on Friendship Park, one of many services that brings the northside space collectively.

Every plan provides residents the prospect to voice what they want of their metropolis.

“How many individuals are you able to get in the identical position, that care about the identical objectives, which can be all pushed in the identical path,” Reynolds mentioned.

Reynold’s future plans will probably be specified by element in the course of the 2022 State of the Metropolis Tackle Thursday at ArtsQuest from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.

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