April 18, 1994 |
Walk along the Manayunk Canal and back in time. From here, the buildings that house the shops and bistros on Main Street still look like the brawny mills they were when Philadelphia rode into the Industrial Revolution on wheels of water. Their facades may be carved into distinct notions in pastel and neon, but their backs remain immense blocks of stucco, stone and brick. On the squat side streets that span the canal, it's obvious that Manayunk still works. Eighteen-wheelers rattle over the low and narrow Cotton Street bridge to Venice Island.
January 6, 2015 |
For five weeks, Shane Montgomery's family searched for him - posting "Missing" signs that still hang in store windows in Manayunk and miles beyond, tying green ribbons to telephone poles, standing vigil on the banks of the Schuylkill on frigid weekend afternoons as volunteer divers combed its depths. That, Montgomery's uncle said Sunday, was the easy part. On Saturday afternoon, Shane Montgomery's brother, Thomas LaCorte, was the first of the family to see a diver's hand emerge from the water during the final search of the river - a sign, at last, that something had been found.
December 23, 2014 |
Divers searching the Schuylkill for any trace of a missing West Chester University student found the 21-year-old's keys in the water near the riverbank Sunday, the student's uncle said. Shane Montgomery of Roxborough has been missing since early Thanksgiving Day. He was out with friends at Kildare's Irish Pub on Main Street in Manayunk and disappeared after leaving the bar. Two weeks ago, police recovered video of Montgomery on a bridge crossing the Manayunk canal that leads to a parking lot. On Sunday, his keys were found in the river just south of that lot, said Kevin Verbrugghe, Montgomery's uncle.
November 16, 2005 |
It's a symbol of Manayunk's vibrant past and, it is hoped, a more vibrant future. And it's a miracle the Manayunk Canal is here at all. "Absolutely," said Nicole Galdieri, president of the Friends of the Manayunk Canal, a nine-year-old volunteer group that monitors and lobbies for the canal. "It's one of the last two sections that still exist. " Galdieri, 25, is a transplanted " 'Yunker" and a University of Pennsylvania grad student working on dual degrees in environmental studies and city planning.
February 10, 2003 |
The headline on a front-page article on Dec. 22 reads: "New strategy on flooding: Don't rebuild, just get out. " Three days later, an article tucked away in the middle of the paper is headlined, "Ruling clears way for Manayunk units: Luxury apartments on flood-prone Venice Island got the green light from Commonwealth Court. " And then we have this headline on Jan. 12: "Danger an issue, U.S. set to remap flood-prone areas: New maps could save $48 billion in property damage, FEMA estimates.
August 11, 1988 |
Ground was broken for a new section of the bikeway between Philadelphia and Valley Forge this week, but members of the Conshohocken Borough Council had questions about the paved path that will cut through the borough. The new section of the bike path, Phase II, will extend 4.3 miles from Norristown to Oak Street in Conshohocken. County officials gathered Tuesday at Riverfront Park for a groundbreaking for it. At a meeting Monday night, members of the Montgomery County Planning Commission updated the council on the county's plans for the bikeway along the Schuylkill.
February 24, 1997 |
Your editorials Dec. 9 and Feb. 14 addressed my proposed zoning legislation for Manayunk. In December, you viewed this measure as an important tool to "control commercial and residential density and foster economic growth. " Two months later, you suggest I "take a more sober look at how to balance competing needs in the areas. " The change of heart sends a confusing message. The bill, as written, prohibits new restaurants between Shurs Lane and Leverington Avenue. This approximate eight-block stretch already has 32 restaurants.
January 13, 2011 |
Philadelphia has received $1.3 million from a state funding initiative to extend the Cynwyd Heritage Trail in Lower Merion across the Schuylkill via the Manayunk Bridge. The announcement Wednesday adds one more link to the growing network of regional walking and biking pathways envisioned by planners for the Philadelphia area. Someday, planners project, it will be possible to get on a bike near the Philadelphia Museum of Art and ride to the farthest reaches of the suburbs. Parts of the network are built, said Christopher Leswing, Lower Merion assistant director of building and planning, but much remains to be done.
November 4, 1994 |
The explosion of restaurants and retail shops along Main Street in Manayunk has created one of the city's most vibrant places to be. But there's been a cost: Try finding a parking spot. The development boom has created tensions between the largely working-class neighborhoods and the business community along the glitzy strip. "Obviously, parking becomes a very intense issue if you come home from work and can't find a place to park," said Kay Smith, executive director of the Manayunk Development Corp.
June 24, 2005 |
A second residential building boom is developing in Manayunk, the neighborhood of mills from another era that has become a shopping and dining mecca along the Schuylkill. Construction has started on two big condominium projects, and a third is planned. By year's end, 650 residential units will be under construction in these projects in the hillside Philadelphia neighborhood of 5,000 residents. A fourth is being planned across the river in Montgomery County. In collaboration with that project, Lower Merion Township wants to enhance public access to its riverfront and create new pedestrian links to Manayunk.