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2014 BEST of MAIN LINE TODAY Ardmore Winners!

Ardmore Initiative - 2 hours 57 min ago
Stop, Shop & Congratulate!

Congratulations Christine Vilardo!

Ardmore Initiative - 2 hours 57 min ago
Congratulations on winning the 2014 F. Karl Schauffele Community Service Award! You are very deserving and we are proud that you will be representing us at the Celebration of Business Leadership luncheon on June 26, 2014 at The Desmond Hotel in Malvern.

Summer Donations needed for the Ardmore Food Pantry

Ardmore Initiative - 2 hours 57 min ago
Help meet a real but often hidden problem in the Ardmore Community.

Welcome 2014 New Businesses to Ardmore!

Ardmore Initiative - 2 hours 57 min ago
>>>NOW OPEN!<<<
HOST Interiors: 58 E. Lancaster Ave
SNAP Pizza: 4 Station Road
Transformational Healing:Plaza 16,Ste 100
>>>COMING SOON!<<<
Tired Hands Mircro Brewery ADDITIONAL LOCATION! 35 Cricket Terrace
Shade Sunless Tanning: 18 Ardmore Ave,1st Flr
Soon Jo Choi Main Line Meditation: 18 Ardmore Ave,2nd flr
Parisienne Ladies Boutique: 18 Anderson Ave
For more information see Downtown Ardmore Business Directory
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Arts out of the box!

Ardmore Initiative - 2 hours 57 min ago
Check out the winners from The Philadelphia Inquirer contest to repurpose old newspaper boxes into public art installations!

Ardmore Initiative Reauthorization

Ardmore Initiative - 2 hours 57 min ago
The Ardmore Initiative is a Business District Authority that must be periodically reauthorized by its stakeholders. 2013 is a Reauthorization year for the Ardmore Initiative. Click here for more information on our proposed plan, meeting dates and more.

The Daily Salvo for July 29, 2014 - "Smelling Like Roses"

The Daily Salvo - Tue, 2014-07-29 17:42
The Daily Salvo for July 29, 2014 - "Smelling Like Roses"
In the 'garden of residential real estate', Diane Cardano is a flower among many weeds. From: The Daily Salvo Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 01:01 More in News & Politics

a walk down memory lane

Chester County Ramblings - Tue, 2014-07-29 17:14

In  2009 I documented through photographs the last few months of architect Addison Mizner’s famed La Ronda in Bryn Mawr.  The tale of La Ronda even made the Wall Street Journal back then.

Putting all the drama of the La Ronda and her demolition and the upheaval the demolition caused in Lower Merion Township and across the country aside, the saddest part of the tale of La Ronda is there was a man willing to have the mansion moved brick by brick, who was willing to buy it fairly. Only he was denied that by both the seller of the property and buyer of the property.  Those people sold La Ronda to be torn down and tore down La Ronda because they could and that is kind of sad especially since they were players in the socioeconomic levels where they could actually afford to be more preservation minded.

I am not getting into some protracted discussion about property rights, what this demolition has done is leave a lasting impression on me regarding historic preservation in Pennsylvania.

Historic preservation in Pennsylvania remain a lofty ideal, but is seldom a true reality. So when you hear on rare occasions that you might not like what a developer is doing, but they are saving and preserving a historic structure on a property they bought? Well that my friends is huge and doesn’t happen very often. See ( Linden Hall post July 24  and Farmhouse Post on July 27 and Adaptive Reuse from April 2013 )

Truthfully, all these years later and salvagers are still selling bits of La Ronda. And people still write about La Ronda and what happened (reference Proper Philadelphia in 2012 )

I watched and documented the last sad few months of La Ronda, and to me it is a glaring reminder of  what   lip service preservation is. In 2009, Lower Merion Township Commissioners (including the current Board President Liz Rogan) did much beating of the collective breast and waxed long and poetically on how they were going to do things differently and how they were going to preserve historic assets.

Flash forward to 2014 and well, much like other places, it’s all been talk. Or political gob smacking…. take your pick. Now the William Penn Inn is under a 90 day stay of execution err demolition, which means it will inevitably come down.  And that is the case even though people are saying it may have had something to do with the underground railroad (and see cool photos of the place here thanks to Main Line Media News.)

Also facing an uncertain future is the historic Odd Fellows Hall and property and United Methodist Church and property in Gladwyne.  People have said for decades that there are Revolutionary War soldiers buried there.  Famous Phillie Rich Asburn is buried there and heck some of my friends have all their family buried there.  So Odd Fellows is in limbo. What is historic will survive if  the developers who are the owners, Main Line Realty Partners, do the proper preservation.  They can do the right thing if they want to.  They have in the past and truthfully the partners in these projects have done beautiful work.  Last I heard that Odd Fellows plan was tabled, but these same developers have now purchased another church, First Baptist in Ardmore.  They also bought the United Methodist Church in Narberth Now the developers are calling themselves Main Line rebuild.

But like I said, adaptive reuse and historic preservation by developers are the exception rather than the rule.

I do not know a lot of the preservation groups throughout Chester County as I have not lived here that many years yet .  I love the  Chester County Historical Society and they have lots of neat stuff in their headquarters in downtown West Chester and they do fun things like walking tours.

Also worth noting is the Tredyffrin Historic Preservation Trust. Their 10th annual house tour is September 27th, 2014.

 

And if you like house tours you should also consider signing up for Chester County Day which benefits Chester County Hospital.  They have preview lectures starting in September which are open to the public.

Anyway, remember the La Rondas…once they are gone, they are gone.

Thanks for stopping by today!


Categories: Pennsylvania

Lower Merion's William Penn Inn may have been used as 'safe house' for runaway slaves; demolition delayed

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-07-29 16:23
The Lower Merion Historical Commission voted 4-0 Monday evening to recommend a 90-day delay of demolition of an 18th-century inn on Lancaster Avenue in Wynnewood, as new information was presented about its use as a "safe house" for runaway slaves in the early 1800s.
Categories: Lower Merion

Proposed Bala Cynwyd apartment project moves ahead

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-07-29 16:05
On the seven-acre parcel that is 150 Monument Road in Bala Cynwyd today, there is a six-story office building, surrounded by a veritable sea of parking lot – pretty typical of the pattern of development in Lower Merion Township’s prime commercial corridor over the past several decades.
Categories: Lower Merion

Mad Mex to open in Wynnewood Aug. 11

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-07-29 16:05
Mad Mex, the Pittsburg-based California-Mexican cuisine restaurant, has announced its new restaurant in Wynnewood will open its doors Aug. 11.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion police report vehicle break-ins at Thomas Wynne Apartments

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-07-29 14:48
Lower Merion police report Tuesday three vehicles were entered overnight at Thomas Wynne Apartments.
Categories: Lower Merion

are we hearing “voices” again in west vincent?

Chester County Ramblings - Tue, 2014-07-29 14:18

People often ask me what it is that bothers me about the politics in West Vincent, Chester County. See above.

Above is a letter penned by a “concerned” West Vincent resident to another West Vincent resident.  I am hoping the author is not one of those “West Vincent Voices” because wow, do you think they could move on from anonymous missives like this and anonymous broad sheets on the United States Post Office wall?

The song remains the same meets Groundhog Day? Now I know these people don’t care for me or this blog, and well, good for them, everyone needs a hobby, right?

The man targeted by this latest bit of nastiness was in intensive care on one step removed from life support and these folks were running around calling him Chickenman. Until January 21st, 2014 when Chickenman posted an interesting update. Now this gentleman is the “source” of Chickenman’s “lies”. That makes me giggle because well, why let a little truth get in the way of local yokel politics, right? And if you can’t git him, well why not git his wife, right? (His wife is one of the loveliest and most genuinely nice people you will ever meet too.)

So now these people are back to penning poisoned pen letters? I hope they remember to wipe off their fingerprints, don’t you?

I am touched by their fealty to those like Farmer Supervisor to the stars Ken Miller, but seriously, wow do they blame everyone else for everything?

And speaking of the Supervisor to whom they pay their fealty, is he going to step down as Supervisor at the end of his current term?  That is what the chatter has been for months, right?   Being an elected official is tough, so time will tell, right?

But as for Truth in West Vincent?  They need to by a clue.  But again, maybe they are just hearing “West Vincent Voices”, right?  After all, who else would be so deliberately unkind as to continually try to hurt one of their neighbors, right? But then again people like this love to hide behind a keyboard.

I just find it sad.  Why? Because they are correct that West Vincent is an awesome and beautiful place. But by their actions the show the world that their apple has a rotten core, don’t they?

Truth for West Vincent found HERE.

West Vincent Voices found HERE – a lot of very nice content. Here is a link to the latest newsletter - West Vincent Voices July 2014 – all sorts of cool tidbits! And if you want to see some beautiful photos and learn more fun stuff about this beautiful part of Chester County, check out ThisIsWestVincent too!

Community involvement is to be commended.  Sending anonymous hate mail, not so much.

 

 

 

 

 


Categories: Pennsylvania

Narberth Borough Manager Bill Martin facing DUI charges

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-07-29 10:29
Narberth Borough Manger Bill Martin is facing DUI charges following a traffic stop in Wynnewood last week.
Categories: Lower Merion

Corbett has spent $1.7 million on TV ads since the primary

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-07-29 09:46
Gov. Tom Corbett, trailing opponent Tom Wolf by 20 to 25 points in the polls, has poured $1.66 million into television ads blanketing the state in July, according to FCC reports.
Categories: Lower Merion

#PA3: Mike Kelly: Everything Basically Terrorism Now

Keystone Politics - Tue, 2014-07-29 09:36
When the usual predictable messaging on environmental regulations fails to resonate with voters, what’s a Republican Congressman to do? Use harsher and nuttier words to make the same point:...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

Mad Mex to open in Wynnewood Aug. 11

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-07-29 09:25
Mad Mex, the Pittsburg-based California-Mexican cuisine restaurant, has announced its new restaurant in Wynnewood will open its doors Aug. 11.
Categories: Lower Merion