Mayor Panto: Expand Tax Base or Face Gentrification

After reflecting on 10 years of economic success, Mayor Sal Panto declared affordable housing and homelessness pressing issues during his State of the City address Wednesday evening.

To combat them, Easton plans to roll out an affordable housing program next year, targeting lower-income homeowners and renters.

But Easton can’t avoid gentrification unless it expands its tax base, Panto said.

Easton’s growth and economy is currently heavily based on tourism and Lafayette College, and more projects are on the horizon.

The city has plans to develop the former Black Diamond, Easton Yards and Heritage Lanes sites.

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