May 2, 2015 |
There's nothing fancy about the ensemble of redbrick houses that line the 3600 block of Lancaster Avenue in Powelton Village. Built in the late 1870s, when the avenue linked country farms to city markets, the modest, wood-trimmed buildings housed working people who tended shops on the ground floor. Folks still live upstairs today, and neighborhood businesses - bike store, nail salon, day-care center - still pepper the storefronts below. Such blocks are what make Philadelphia, well, Philadelphia.
February 13, 2015 |
A MOTHER'S frantic cries echoed down a busy West Philly street yesterday. "My baby!" she screamed as she chased down a SEPTA trolley. "My baby!" But it was too late for her son, a 2-year-old run down by the trolley yesterday near the corner of Lancaster Avenue near 51st Street. The boy, who remained unidentified last night, was struck just before 1 p.m., police said. Preliminary evidence indicated he had broken away from his parents and darted in front of a Route 10 trolley as it barreled west on Lancaster Avenue.
October 20, 2014 |
JOHN JUNIUS TAYLOR, a second-generation cabinetmaker and woodworker in Powelton Village, was walking down Hamilton Street near 35th two years ago, when he saw a beat-up Victorian door in a dumpster. "It needed some love," Taylor said dryly. And he suddenly needed a walnut-panel Victorian door. Last week, as a result of what he did with that door, Taylor won a 2014 Storefront Challenge Award from the Community Design Collaborative and the city's Commerce Department for "outstanding storefront facade improvements.
September 24, 2013 |
Villanova University is looking to score on the rebound. The school's first shot at a major expansion that would bring new dormitories, a parking garage, performing arts center, and stores to the Lancaster Avenue campus was rejected in May by Radnor Township as officials sided with angry neighbors who thought Villanova's scheme was too large. Now, the university is back with a slightly scaled-down version - with reduced heights for some buildings, a smaller garage, and a bridge across Lancaster Avenue - and it's taking the new proposal straight to the Radnor Township Board of Commissioners on Monday night for what it hopes will be a final up-or-down vote.
August 21, 2013 |
Who's going to live in all those new Main Line apartments? Hospital workers, college students - and Philadelphia residents who want to enroll their children in Lower Merion public schools, says Steven Rock , senior vice president at New York-based Marcus & Millichap Capital Corp. Rock has arranged $23.5 million in financing for Cross Properties (that's David Blumenfeld and Kevin Michals ) to build 132 apartments, plus medical offices, at the former Baptist seminary on Lancaster Avenue near Lankenau Hospital . That's one of several apartment projects picking up planning, zoning, and financing approvals in Lower Merion.
July 17, 2013 |
The State of Pennsylvania is sending a message to drivers: Slow down, back off, chill out. For the next month, law enforcement agencies along the 350-mile Route 30 corridor will work overtime to target and ticket aggressive drivers. So what qualifies as "aggressive?" Tailgating. Running red lights. Weaving. Giving too little space to cyclists and pedestrians. And, of course, there are more directly aggressive moves - honking, flipping the bird, yelling, even assault - associated with road rage.
May 10, 2013 |
The Radnor Township Planning Commission has rejected Villanova University's request for a zoning change that would allow a major expansion of the Lancaster Avenue campus with new dormitories, a parking garage, a performing arts center, and stores. The $200 million plan has upset residents, who say it would transform a quiet neighborhood into a noisy extension of the 10,600-student Wildcat campus. The university was seeking a conditional use to allow denser development than allowed, Planning Commission Chairwoman Julia Hurle said.
January 6, 2013 |
George Leon Dunbar Sr., 67, a West Philadelphia barber and entrepreneur who produced and recorded two local R&B groups, and promoted businesses on Lancaster Avenue, died of cancer in Sun City, Ariz., on Wednesday, Dec. 26. Over 40 years, Mr. Dunbar operated and worked in several barber shops along Lancaster Avenue, where his customers sought his advice on personal and business matters. A fixture in the Lancaster Avenue business corridor, Mr. Dunbar was president of the Lancaster Avenue Business Association Community Development Corp.
September 8, 2012 |
City Avenue has been reopened since being closed earlier this morning in both directions from Lancaster Avenue to Haverford Road because of an accident. The crash involved an overturned car and caused major commuting problems in the area around Lankenau Medical Center and St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.