October 25, 1996 |
The bright lights of Manayunk are likely to get brighter still with City Council passage yesterday of a bill that will establish a special services district there. These districts are all the rage now, enabling commercial areas to tax themselves and use the money for enhanced security, street cleaning and promotion. Indeed, Philadelphia has five districts in various stages of development, from the pace-setting Center City District to Germantown, Frankford, South Street and City Avenue.
March 1, 1990 |
Before Monday it would have been anyone's guess as to how many new housing units would be needed in Marple Township over the next 20 years. But during the first public information meeting on what can be expected for the future development of the township, the number was set at 1,500. That number was one of many figures and projections presented Monday night by planners with Norman Day Associates, the Philadelphia planning and urban design firm that is preparing the township's comprehensive land-use plan for the next two decades.
June 14, 1990 |
The Ardmore Business Association has hired a "Main Street" manager as part of township-community efforts to revive the flagging Ardmore business district along Lancaster Avenue. Kathryn Gordon, a Philadelphia management consultant and public administrator for more than 20 years, will help implement an ambitious plan to spruce up the district, create a better mix of businesses and attract more shoppers. "Primarily, the job of the Main Street manager is to help promote the business district and to bring the community to again identify with shopping in the business district," said Gordon, who was chosen from among eight finalists for the job. Before taking this job she worked three years as director of a small health care center for stroke victims in Philadelphia.
July 14, 1995 |
The Board of Commissioners voted yesterday to apply to the state Department of Community Affairs for a Main Street Manager grant, which would help implement a township-wide plan to revitalize key commercial districts. The Main Street manager would oversee the implementation of the economic- development plan, which was formulated by a committee of residents. Unlike most towns involved in the Main Street Manager grant program - which are typically smaller - Abington does not intend to focus on one central business area but has instead focused on five commercial areas.
March 12, 1995 |
For as long as anyone can remember, the large Victorian house on the corner had been the home of the Finger family. Then new owners bought it in 1993 and wanted to convert it into an adult day-care facility. Trevose residents were not about to sit by quietly as the residential zoning in their neighborhood was rolled back. For months on end, they gathered signatures and sternly lectured the Bensalem Township Council on the importance of preserving the character of their neighborhood.
December 10, 1998 |
Frankford resident Dori Ann Piatkowski would love to do more Christmas shopping in her own neighborhood. Unfortunately, the 33-year-old mother of three finds there aren't a lot of choices. So Franklin Mills is her usual Christmas shopping destination, but if Frankford Avenue "had a Toys R Us and some outlet stores, I'd be shopping around here all the time," she said. "I live two blocks away. " Big discount stores and enclosed shopping malls - that's what the neighborhood merchant is up against, not only during the holiday season but throughout the year.
February 19, 1995 |
DeKalb Street north of Marshall Street and south of Jacoby Street is a war zone. But the battle is not being waged by drug dealers and police officers. Instead, the warriors are the zoning and planing committee, the Borough Council, area residents and property owners, and the fight is over a color- coded map in Borough Hall. The three-block stretch along northbound Route 202 is zoned town residential, despite that fact that it is dominated by the sprawling Super Thriftway market and dotted with a Chinese take-out restaurant, a pharmacy, and various lawyers' and doctors' offices - most of which opened before Norristown instituted zoning.
April 30, 1987 |
In the continuing effort to close the gaps in the township's zoning code, the Upper Providence Township Planning Commission has introduced a "General Regulation Ordinance" that addresses the finer points of municipal land-use control. Several provisions of the new ordinance could affect ongoing controversies in the township - chief among which is the frequent tension between residents and business owners in abutting residential and commercial areas - by subjecting areas to tighter control.
October 25, 1988 |
The Goode administration yesterday announced a neighborhood-by-neighborhood timetable for mandatory trash recycling and said a new trash-cop unit may hand out tickets to residents who don't cooperate. "We're going to expect more of ourselves, but we are going to expect more of you, the citizen," Streets Commissioner Alexander Hoskins said in announcing his "Agenda for a Clean Philadelphia. " The three-year plan calls for urging residents to clean their own sidewalks and for more city regulation of commercial pickups.
July 20, 1989 |
To the nine skate rats parked inside the Blue Turtle skate shop in Cheltenham Village Monday afternoon, the issue wasn't public safety. It was persecution. The next night, the township Board of C ommissioners were to consider an ordinance to ban skateboards from all streets and sidewalks in commercial areas - a move that Cheltenham officials have said started with neighbors' concerns that kids gathering outside the skate shop were flirting with peril in the heavily traveled area.