Discovering Chestnut Hill: A Tour of Germantown Avenue’s necklace of green space

Opinion | September 13th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Lori Salganicoff Chestnut Hill’s green landscapes, lush gardens, public parks and renowned architecture earned the neighborhood the distinct designation of “Philadelphia’s Garden District” by Mayor Rendell in 1997. The trees, flowers, and small parks that adorn our Germantown Avenue main street contribute immensely to its attractiveness as a “destination” commercial corridor – one of […]

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Abolition Hall arguments not all accurate: A relative says costly maintenance and taxes led to need to sell

Opinion | September 12th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Roy Wilson Our historic Abolition Hall property in Plymouth Meeting has been the focus of much commentary, not all of it accurate. My wife, a descendant of the abolitionist Corson family, and I have lived here and maintained the property since the early 1980s, as one-third owners along with Ann’s two siblings. Our property […]

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Abolition Hall advocacy group seeks donations

Opinion | September 7th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Sydelle Zove, Friends of Abolition Hall The grassroots fight for a better plan for the historic Corson homestead at Butler and Germantown Pikes in the Village of Plymouth Meeting has been costly, but a group of generous supporters will match every donation, dollar-for-dollar, up to $3,500, to help defray legal bills. Preservation Pennsylvania, a […]

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Streetscape: Streets Dept.’s Montanez discusses challenges of traffic planning in Chestnut Hill

Opinion | September 7th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Diane Fiske        Streetscape is a local column about architecture, city planning and design. In early August, Richard Montanez, deputy commissioner of the Streets Department, sat down for a interview in his office at City Hall. The subject: What is being done about the traffic flow in the business area of Chestnut Hill? The first […]

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McCain’s death a loss for leadership

Opinion | September 7th, 2018 | Leave a comment

Because everything today is cause for political dispute, the death of Senator John McCain on August 25 was as much a flashpoint for controversy as it was a time to take stock of a man who served his country for decades. A focal point was the late senator’s icy relationship with our current President. McCain […]

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The Land of the Free: The story of Abolition Hall is inseparable from the story of the land it sits on

Opinion | August 24th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Colleen Gallagher The struggle for human progress plays out in some unlikely places: A peach orchard outside a small town called Gettysburg. The Montgomery, Ala., sidewalk where a seamstress boarded a bus named resistance. A defunct iron forge along the Schuylkill River whose long-ago winter of desperation lingers in the national consciousness. We sanctify […]

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We can’t have nice things

Opinion | August 23rd, 2018 | Leave a comment

Last week, the city announced that it was going to be ‘closing’ Devil’s Pool in the Wissahickon on Weekends for the next 6 weeks. Every summer without fail, Devil’s Pool in the Wissahickon Valley is the source of some controversy. From its rocky cliffs defaced by graffiti to piles of litter left around and in […]

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Children detained at the border is still a crisis

Opinion | August 16th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Mary Ann Baron As a psychotherapist for children, adolescents and families I have been watching closely the thousands of children from Mexico and Central America being taken away from their parents at the border recently by our present administration. I’m concerned about the effects on the mental health of these children. I am writing […]

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