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Say "NO" to stamped concrete in Downtown Allentown, NJ

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We, the undersigned, are opposed to stamped concrete sidewalks in Allentown. Instead, we propose an integrally-colored concrete with real brick edging ( at least several bricks wide) and highlights (such as possible curbing around the cut outs).

Allentown Sidewalks Problems and Alternatives

Stamped Concrete: Major Concerns

When it cracks, stamped concrete looks fake

· Must be re-sealed every 2-3 years! Additional ongoing expense

· If not sealed, it fades overtime; if sealed, looks wet and fake

· Can't use salt in the winter

· Expensive to replace

· New slabs differ in color than the original, giving a quilted-color effect*

· Slippery when wet

· Water puddles in the fake joints

Integrally-colored Concrete with Real Brick Surround

· Can be designed for a unique look rather than a sea of sameness

· Will utilize real brick as an accent

· Allows you to get the details right… such as areas around the cutouts

· lots of possibilities

· Could design the sidewalks so look as though they were planned

· Looks good

· Lasts longer than stamped concrete

· Easy to replace

· No maintenance

· Real brick will allow ground water run-off

Many Allentown residents are disappointed that the Borough cannot afford all real brick sidewalks. That is the case and we must be realistic.

*In Allentown we have no full time engineer or facilities management staff to oversee when out-of-town property owners need to replace stamped concrete.

Must be signed by - Allentown Residents Only

Patricia Brown, Residents for Quality Sidewalks in Historic Allentown

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