February 20, 2015 |
Sen. Bob Casey urged Amtrak to spruce up 30th Street Station to welcome visitors for the papal visit this fall and the Democratic National Convention in 2016. The Pennsylvania Democrat said Wednesday he wanted more retail and dining options and nicer restrooms. No new federal money is likely to be available to speed up improvements, Casey acknowledged in a news conference at the station, but he said he hoped private funding could fill the bill. He had no estimates on costs, specifics on renovations, or possible private contributors.
November 10, 2014 |
I was strolling along Bernauer Strasse during a foggy night typical of Berlin. The low-lying mist shrouded the streetlamps, casting sepia shadows on the neighborhood. The hues were reminiscent of old newsreels from August 1963, when this street became a last-gasp escape route for those seeking to flee over the Berlin Wall, a structure that was erected overnight in its initial crude form of concrete blocks and barbed wire. It encircled West Berlin to keep East Germans from escaping to the lone outpost of freedom behind the Iron Curtain.
October 19, 2014 |
Plans for expanded parking, higher platforms, improved waiting areas, and other upgrades at train stations along the 104-mile Keystone Corridor will move forward within the next few years, a Pennsylvania transportation representative said Friday. Five of the 12 train stations on the Keystone Corridor, which stretches from Harrisburg to Philadelphia, are in Chester County. "A lot of these stations, nothing has been done with them since my grandfather came home from World War II," said Jennie Granger, director of aviation at the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
September 11, 2014 |
A controversial redevelopment in downtown Ardmore is back on track after the state restored $10.5 million in grants that were previously pulled from the project. Carl Dranoff, president of Dranoff Properties, said the funding was critical for a high-rise apartment and retail complex across from the Ardmore train station. "Up until Friday, we didn't have a project," he said. "We kept plowing ahead during the whole 2014, advancing our plans and approvals on the hope that we would be ready to begin should we receive the grant.
August 18, 2014 |
THE BOOKS are mostly moved, the new store is open for business and the torch has been passed. Mount Airy's beloved Walk a Crooked Mile Books has a new owner, a new space and a whole new chapter ahead. It also has a new name: Mt. Airy Read & Eat, a welcoming spot at 7141 Germantown Ave. The independent bookstore, formerly located inside the historic Mount Airy train station, was supposed to close this month. Devoted patrons weren't happy about that. It wasn't a decision longtime owner Greg Williams came to easily.
August 1, 2014
IF YOU MOVED to Philadelphia during the last, say, 20 years, you speak a different language than the rest of us who are natives and have been here a while. I include myself in the latter group because, sure, I was 6 weeks old when my parents moved back north from Baltimore, but 42 days does not devotion make. We wax poetic (or "paoh-edd-ig") about East River Drive. We remember that the other side with the great view of Boathouse Row used to be called West River Drive, proving for posterity that Quakers are much better at educating folk than surprising them.
May 19, 2014 |
Two men were killed Saturday morning by a Chicago-bound freight train in Upper Merion, authorities said. The men were "walking directly in the middle of the westbound tracks next to each other" at the foot of the Betzwood Bridge in Valley Forge near the abandoned Valley Forge Park train station when they were struck and killed instantly by the Norfolk Southern train around 7:30 a.m., Upper Merion police said. Montgomery County Coroner Walter Hofman said that the victims had been tentatively identified but that their names wouldn't be released until further examination of fingerprints and dental records.
March 16, 2014 |
In its 124-year history, the Cynwyd train station has been a post office, a hub for coal transport, and a home where a postmistress raised six children. But, decrepit and empty for more than 20 years, it became an abandoned victim of SEPTA's budget woes. Then, in 2007, the collaboration of a nonprofit, local government, and a transportation authority began to turn a crumbling target of vandalism into something more. That seven-year project will culminate Sunday with the opening of the Cynwyd Station Cafe and Tea Room, an old-fashioned and newfangled incarnation of the Victorian-era building.
January 30, 2014 |
Northampton Township police have spoken with the driver of a car that struck and killed a woman on Jacksonville Road on Monday, but are awaiting autopsy results before determining whether to file charges against the man, Chief Michael Clark said Tuesday afternoon. Clark identified the victim in Monday's hit-and-run as 51-year-old Christine E. Witte, who he said was living with her mother on Jacksonville Road near the site of the accident. Clark did not identify the driver but said the driver told police he knew he had hit something while driving Monday morning, but was unaware that it was a person.
September 10, 2013 |
LOWER MERION Alison Graham and her husband have moved twice since they first bought a house in North Ardmore 42 years ago - but never more than 900 feet. She said the sense of community, not to mention the ability to walk to shops, restaurants, and a train station, has had a powerful pull, keeping them in the leafy neighborhood of single-family houses near Lower Merion High School. "We have the same neighbors that we had in 1970," Graham said. "It really is a neighborhood. " But now her neighborhood - and others across Lower Merion Township - is on the cusp of arguably the most dramatic changes since the first suburban boom peaked four decades ago, as developers push plans for as many as 1,300 new apartment units over the next five years.