Reading councilors voice concern about activity at Pagoda


The Pagoda is the unmistakable symbol of Reading, but make no mistake, it has a certain reputation after dark.

Reading Mayor Wally Scott said police have made 21 arrests at the landmark atop Mount Penn in the last few weeks for a variety of offenses, but one problem, neighbors said, is in crescendo.

"The complaint is the noise," said city Councilwoman Marcia Goodman Hinnershitz.

The noise comes from loud music and the sports cars that gather there in the wee hours of the morning. Goodman-Hinnershitz has the Pagoda in her district.

"From what I'm hearing from the neighbors, [it] rattles their windows. That's how serious it gets," she said, "and it's in the middle of the night, 2, 3 o'clock in the morning."

It's enough to generate discussion of possibly limiting access to parking at the Pagoda after a certain hour. Officials are looking to compromise, though; they said they're looking at potential alternate venues for car clubs.

"The cars are really neat," said Scott. "They're great to look at. What they do with them, how they decorate them, how they sport them up is really great."

They said it's all about making the Pagoda a family-friendly place to be.

"I think it's better to get in dialogue with the car clubs and say let's look at having a better venue," said Goodman-Hinnershitz.

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