ALLENTOWN, Pa. — Were Billy Joel to sing about Allentown today, you wouldn't hear about closing all the factories down. Rather, he'd warble about cranes in the air, a new arena and filling pension funding gaps.

While still fighting to shake its rust-belt image, Pennsylvania's third-largest city is handing down a different kind of restlessness. In the past year it undertook two major deals, which Mayor Ed Pawlowski says dramatically alter the city's dynamic.

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