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.
July 23, 2013 |
Boarded up, with peeling paint and an empty platform, the shuttered train station at the end of Third Street is a portrait of urban blight, emblematic of so much of downtown Coatesville. But local and state officials are pinning their hopes of getting a citywide revitalization on track with an $18 million-plus spruce-up of this underused Amtrak station. Amtrak trains still stop at the Coatesville station - albeit without ticket sales or baggage services. Just under 15,000 people caught a ride there in 2011.
June 25, 2013
By John A. Fry The United States is witnessing something that seemed next to impossible not long ago - the rebirth of its urban centers. Nowhere is this seismic shift more prevalent than along the 450 miles stretching from Washington to Boston, otherwise known as the Northeast Corridor. Indeed, this area is quickly becoming the nation's epicenter of high-quality urban living. This transformation is being driven by a powerful combination of demographic and social trends. Key among them is the millennial generation's strong preference for working, living, learning, and socializing in urban environments.
June 6, 2013 |
SECAUCUS, N.J. - New Jersey bid farewell to Sen. Frank Lautenberg, a strong advocate for the state's public transportation system, Wednesday afternoon with a brief ceremony at the train station that bears his name. Family and dignitaries, including Gov. Christie, gathered at the upper rotunda of the Frank R. Lautenberg Secaucus Rail Station, as police played "Taps" and "God Bless America" on bagpipes. Lautenberg, a five-time Democratic senator, died Monday of complications from viral pneumonia.
June 5, 2013
Vice President Biden, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez will eulogize Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg on Wednesday in New York City, Lautenberg's office said Tuesday. Lautenberg, the last World War II veteran in the Senate, will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery on Friday, after one last stop at the train station bearing his name in Secaucus, next to the New Jersey Turnpike. Lautenberg, the Senate's oldest member at age 89, died Monday of complications of viral pneumonia.
May 9, 2013 |
A jackknifed tractor-trailer spilled its cargo of cooking fat on the Schuylkill Expressway near 30th Street Station late Tuesday, prompting a major cleanup that lasted until after Wednesday's morning rush hour. PennDot reported that the last section of roadway affected by the accident - Exit 344 at the I-676 Vine Street Expressway - reopened about 10:30 a.m. Officials said the rig jackknifed about 11 hours earlier on the stretch of I-76 that runs under the train station. The trailer hit a pillar and was ripped apart, spilling its cargo of boxes of shortening.