I am in an Ardmore State of Mind...For a Change
So Bonnie Cook and Cub Reporter Liz Wagner (who I think is tyerrific by the way with a great future ahead of her) have taken another look at Ardmore....and the garage...I like the article, and am not surprised nor particularly upset by the motley collection of philly.com idiot savants posting comments - not all of them are that way, but there are enough to make me wonder what they get out of it.
The people posting the comments don't get Armdore and love to insult SAC. I guess some of our fan favorites sent them? Man you thik after five years or so they would work up a new routine, LOL!
These people love to say we are all anti development. And we know we're not.
In every municipality there will always be debate over visioning. However that being said, in Lower Merion at times the inclusiveness is lacking. True community visioning process means quite simply that the community in totality is reflected in how said community grows.
See? Look just at the numbers for parking and ask yourself how this is about the community and the businesses.
We need a garage. But we need size and scale appropriate for a historic district and a main street oriented town. That is why 2 garages and better dispersed surface parking was desired. We still want that garage on Bernicker because it just makes sense even if it would block Cleland's view.
As a commenter said in our defense - four/five years ago we weren't fighting redevelopment we were fighting eminent domain for private gain. So let's just stop with the revisionist history, alrighty?
We were fighting poor government choices then, and still are today because we have too many personal agendas we're dealing with. And I also wonder who gets what out of this if this garage gets built? And if the township can't raise the money, why should the taxpayers pay? And once again I ask where is the report outlining dollar for dollar costs on all things Ardmore? Including all those consultants over the years?
And someone said to me today, that we should ask Lower Merion about subcontractors? Why? Some commissioner connection? Ok Lower Merion, who is being considered? Who has a potential conflict? Gee I hope it's not the same one with a conflict over trash who hasn't recused, right?
I think Lower Merion Township is a quasi rudderless ship. I also think it dangerous that it seems agendas seem to be making decisions if that makes sense? And we have a lack of comprehensive and master planning. We have a premier developer, why doesn’t Ardmore have a Master Plan? Bryn Mawr does. Ardmore does not. Ardmore has a plan specific to a particular redevelopment area, a problematic and thus far non functioning zoning overlay called MUST, and a bunch of extraneous development plans that are not necessarily complimentary but competing. Also, this year is the 30th anniversary of the last time Lower Merion did a Comprehensive Plan for the township. The Municipalities Planning Code implies we should be doing this every 10 years.
Why is there no plan for where the cars and traffic will go during construction? For all the years we have spoken about Ardmore redevelopment, not once has the township ever even presented ideas of where the cars and traffic will go.
Why is a garage being built first before a train station? How will the garage be priced? If there are no segregated areas for township vehicles and the public, will we not merely be recreating the same issues of competing for spaces that exist now? Do you know how frustrating it is to try to park at a meter, only to find the meters taken up by township vehicles who aren’t feeding them?
And what will residents and taxpayers be on the hook for dollar-wise if funding gaps are not bridged? And if taxpayers are paying for this one way or the other, shouldn’t the vision be collective not selective?
There is a segment of Ardmore that has not truly been informed of what will come and that is the small residential neighborhoods. They have not just businesses at stake in some cases, but commercial and residential properties as well.
And to wind up as someone said in e-mail recently:
But how far will we really get in Ardmore in this economy? And it's not like we're seeing movement on the Bryn Mawr Master Plan either...but hell, at least Bryn Mawr has one...
So you all that have something to say? Start going to the commissioners' meetings. Yes they are butt numbing experiences, but please, once in a while, just go. Even if you just go to watch Brcue Reed say "pejorative" 15 times a meeting. And speaking of old Bruce, how's his takeover of the Democrat Party going? Did he get one of his angels appointed to a prime Western puppet status for his doings? Or was there a revolt? And does he still want to redesign the planning commission?
Just askin'...kind of like you all should still be askin' about trash...because as I hear it, we're not getting the full story, are we? Is there grant money involved? Is this like a distraction to keep people off taxes?