August 8, 2016 |
I periodically revisit communities and neighborhoods in the Town by Town series, especially the ones that have impressed me as up and coming. For example, I went back to Hatboro last December - nine months after my Town by Town visit - to spend some more time walking around its ever-evolving downtown. When I visited Silverdale for July 24's entry, I stopped by Sellersville and Souderton - the latter to see how the train station project was faring. I don't usually write about these visits, because my motto is "one Town by Town to a customer and no refunds allowed.
August 6, 2016
A plan to install 10 surveillance cameras in high-crime areas of Pottstown was presented to the borough council this week. The camera system, which is being funded by the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office, will be monitored around the clock by the Pottstown Police Department, said Assistant District Attorney Brianna Ringwood. The cameras, which can be moved to different locations as needed, will be useful in apprehending suspects and aiding investigations, Ringwood said.
August 1, 2016 |
Run-down buildings line the borough's pockmarked downtown streets, bordering sidewalks cracked by weeds. Montgomery County is one of the wealthiest in the state, but Pottstown, one of its biggest municipalities, looks more like the town that prosperity forgot. Thus the opening of a newly constructed bank branch on High Street constitutes a major event for a town with high aspirations for revival. "You don't see a lot of brick-and-mortar bank branches being opened these days," said Steve Bamford, executive director of Pottstown Area Industrial Development.
July 13, 2016 |
Collingswood school officials, borough leaders, and the Camden County Prosecutor's Office will hold a public meeting July 26 to discuss "recent issues involving the schools and the Camden County Prosecutor's Office," the borough announced Monday. The meeting, set for 7 p.m. in the Collingswood Senior Community Center, comes after weeks of parent outcry over a new district policy under which schools reported 22 incidents of sometimes minor student misconduct to local police between May 25 and the end of school on June 17. School district officials and law enforcement said they were following a new directive from the Prosecutor's Office to report nearly every incident of student misbehavior, but the Prosecutor's Office denied issuing any such instructions.
June 21, 2016 |
Few aging towns in the region - perhaps the nation - have undergone a transformation akin to that of West Conshohocken, where housing developments and McMansions have changed the tiny borough. But since 1888, one constant in the Montgomery County borough has been the humble stone building with the red door on Bullock Street: St. Gertrude's Catholic Church. Although the church has been shut for two years, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the borough have joined forces to ensure that the West Conshohocken institution will survive.
June 20, 2016
Tiny West Conshohocken has undergone dramatic real estate growth in the last 20 years. Here is the aggregate value for all the borough's properties: $108.4 million 1994 $314.2 million 2004 $542.4 million 2014 SOURCE: Pennsylvania Tax Equalization Division
June 7, 2016 |
When Stephen Mullin arrived in Colwyn Borough last summer, he and a team of state-appointed consultants came ready to rescue the struggling municipality notorious for its financial woes and political turbulence. His first order of business: assessing Colwyn's latest financial audit. The borough didn't have it. Its 2013 audit? Colwyn didn't have that, either. As for 2012? Nothing. For more than three years, Mullin found, the tiny Delaware County borough that borders Philadelphia kept virtually no financial records.
May 16, 2016 |
Population: 4,872 (2013) Median household income: $61,681 Area: 1 square mile Settlements in the last three months: 8 (5 in Montgomery, 3 in Bucks). Homes for sale: 7 Average days on market: 78 in Bucks; 27 in Montgomery Median sale price: $232,000, Bucks; $239,000, Montgomery Housing stock: 1,977 units, from the 1860s to new construction School district: Souderton Area SOURCES: U.S. Census Bureau; Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach Realtors HomExpert Market Report
May 16, 2016 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. Here's something you can't do in most Pennsylvania communities: walk back and forth between two counties without leaving town. But you can on North Main Street in Telford, part of which lies in Bucks County and part of which is in Montgomery County. All of it is about 40 miles north of Philadelphia, not far from Route 309. It's been that way since Jan. 11, 1935, when the Boroughs of Telford and West Telford became one with a stroke of Gov. Gifford Pinchot's pen. Telford was incorporated in 1886, West Telford in 1887.
May 9, 2016 |
A triangular tract of now mostly vacant land that was the engine of Merchantville's growth in the 19th century could be the key to the borough's future. "This is the last developable site in town," says Mayor Ted Brennan, a lawyer, a father of four, and an energetic proponent of a renewed effort to strengthen the Camden County suburb's somewhat faded heart. "We want to build something that will stand the test of time," adds the mayor, whose father, Patrick, served in the same role from 1995 until 2006.