There is No Spin Like Lower Merion Spin on Ardmore
Oh my, it just flew off the page at me and I had to share it:
Why Angela, did you say that with a straight face? Could you say that without fear of your nose growing like Pinocchio?
I had been sidetracked and had not written about Ardmore in a while, and then I went to Hu Nan for dinner last weekend.
I asked Betty and E Ni Foo if they were comfortable with the plans, especially for the HUGE garage planned behind them. As I asked that, I looked around a packed dining room of happy customers and took in the summer improvements - new chairs, new carpeting. These people after all these years and after all Lower Merion Township has done and tried to do to them are STILL invested in the community.
Betty paused and shook her head. In her quiet, sweet voice she said they were not comfortable.
I asked her if she had spoken to Mr. Dranoff. She said yes, but only in the presence of township personnel like Doug Cleland.
Now seriously, the township thinks so little of Carl Dranoff that they act like he needs a handler?
NO WONDER no one says how they feel. I can't just imagine it would be like the Ardmore Ad Hoc Committee meetings and the "oh we're not discussing that now", huh?
Carl Dranoff probably doesn't really know how many businesses feel because he can't hear it unfiltered and unmonitored.
Well I think that Dranoff and the Township should provide valet parking during construction so Hu Nan doesn't get put out of business. After all, where will all the cars and traffic go? Other than into Sherry's ,Sharon's , Pat's, Kim's and Si's neighborhoods of course, right?
Hu Nan can't survive if there is no parking. Even when the garage is built there won't be enough parking and the public will still be competing with township personnel and Septa patrons for parking.
The truth in Ardmore is that stupid garage has nothing to do with revitilization. It has to do with Septa and Lower Merion Township.
And I love how those commissioners who will get up and say "Save La Ronda" still want to bury Ardmore.
**NOTE** I do not think the Dranoff plan is a bad one. I do not like the garage and I do not like the non- responses we still get from Lower Merion on Ardmore all these years later.
Who gets what if that garage comes to fruition? Why does township staff seem to think it is their god given right to tell RESIDENTS we are wrong about our community? Angela Murray, for one, doesn't even live in or near our community and every time I see her face I see looks of disdain as she looks down her nose at us peasants. (But then again I hear that she just does that with everyone, so I don't take it personally, but that also doesn't mean I find the way she behaves as acceptable, ok?)
NO ONE really listens to what anyone wants. Many Ardmore business owners are not free to speak their minds because they fear some sort of punishment or reprisal.
Welcome to Septemeber, here comes more BS:
I am SO thrilled they are recruiting new businesses but what about the ones we have now? What are you doing for them? Where are all the cars going during construction? How will you handle traffic? What are you doing for people other than blow smoke up their behinds?
How about a Master Plan for Ardmore? How about a Comprehensive Plan for the Township?
Oh no wait, silly me this is Lower Merion...we don't need any of those silly things....they will just twitch their noses and wave their magic wands...and raise your taxes too...