At 1:30 on February 19th, Mayor John Callahan and other prominent members of the the Lehigh Valley gathered at the intersection of Main & Market Streets to honor a man who has given much to our fair city. Mayor Gordon B. Mowrer was mayor of Bethlehem from 1974-1978 and again in 1987. He also served for years on Bethlehem’s City Council. He is credited with the initiative and foresight to preserve Bethlehem’s beautiful downtown buildings.
The plaque reads: “As Mayor in the 1970s his vision saved Bethlehem’s historic downtown from the wrecking ball of “urban renewal” and refocused the City on the viability and vibrancy of its heritage.
The safety of any city is directly tied to the economic vitality of that community. Decisions that were made twenty, thirty and even forty years ago are paying dividends in our community today. Great leaders like Mayor Gordon Mowrer have paved the way to help make Bethlehem a great place to live, work and play. Thank you.