Latinos in Allentown can stand a little taller after Wednesday night.


Their contributions, perspectives and value to the city would be recognized by adding two words to signage appearing on Seventh Street -- Calle Siete -- which simply means Seventh Street in Spanish.


"The city's Latino population is approaching 50 percent and the city has not named a park, street or community asset regarding their contribution to the city," said Councilman Julio Guridy. "They are an integral part of the city's development and heritage."


Councilwoman Cynthia Mota, who was one four council members to co-sponsor the resolution, said, "We have to embrace diversity. It is what makes Allentown stronger."

Guridy said that many cities across the country -- including Bethlehem --  have already created such markers.


"I'm sure there will be someone who doesn't like it, for whatever reason," Guridy said.


The resolution notes that city council "recognizes, supports and appreciates a diversity of worldviews and cultural knowledge across a range of groups -- race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, economic class, religion and abilities...and takes great pride in the city's cultural diversity and the role the Hispanic-American community plays in the city."


The resolution would not change the name of Seventh Street, Guridy added in his comments.


In other business, call it a victory for bicyclists.


Trexler Park will be open for peddlers seven days a week after Allentown City Council ended restrictions during Wednesday night's meeting that limit bikes to certain days of the week. The vote was 6-1, with President Ray O'Connell dissenting.

The law will go into effect once new signs are installed.