A view of the main campus at Villanova by Alertjean via Wikimedia
At 1:10 a.m. this morning, the Radnor Township Board of Commissioners, by a vote of 5-1, introduced an amendment to the township zoning code that would permit Villanova University to proceed toward implementing a massive expansion program. The vote followed more than three hours of discussion involving the board, the professional staff of the township, and members of the community.
At times the debate became emotional and acrimonious. At one point Commissioner Jim Higgins had to intercede during a heated exchange between Commissioner John Fisher and Township Manager Robert A. Zienkowski. Zienkowski took offense to Fisher’s suggestion that the township planning staff was not up to the task of dealing with the university’s proposal. Fisher was advocating for Radnor to hire an independent planner for the project.
The band’s all here: Dr. Dog photographed in Philadelphia by Chris Crisman.
The phenomenally popular rock band Dr. Dog, one of the area’s most successful musical exports, has a new album out — and, so we can’t be accused of burying the lead — it’s streaming right now at RollingStone.com.
The new record, B-Room, was recorded in the band’s Clifton Heights recording studio, also named B-Room. Its construction was, if not a labor of love, certainly laborious.
“We spent pretty much our whole recording budget at Home Depot,” the band’s Scott McMicken told the Inquirer in June. Talking to Rolling Stone, bandmate Toby Leaman said: “This was a straight-up construction project.”
Media is the county seat of Delaware County, and is about a half an hour from Philadelphia. With a population just over 5,000, you’d think it would feel like a small town. But you can actually get many of the comforts of life in Media, like decent Thai food and trolley service to Center City.
Media was also apparently the first Fair Trade town in America. How ’bout that.
<"http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1245-S-Creek-Rd-West-Chester-PA-19382/2115596032_zpid/">This Chester County homeis on the market for almost $4 million.
Prudential HomExpert first-quarter report has an interactive tool that allows users to compare counties in the Delaware Valley by three different metrics: number of properties sold, median price of properties sold, and average days on the market.
The counties included are the usual suspects in our area (Chester, Delaware, Bucks, Philadelphia and Montgomery) along with five counties in New Jersey (Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Salem and Gloucester). The survey is rounded out by New Castle and Kent counties in Delaware.
So who fares the best?
The listing calls this property magical, and to all appearances, for those who like it lush and green, that’s no overblown listings poetry. The entry path is surrounded by trees and the house itself is hidden by bushes. The land also has a manicured lawn, but best of all Julip Run Creek traverses the land, including the little waterfall pictured here. Imagine listening to the sound of that water after a stressful day (and perhaps after the commuter traffic); a balm to the senses, for sure.
For a quiet afternoon of reading, there’s a flagstone terrace and a deck off the master suite. And for evenings with guests, a pebble terrace with a fire pit will give kids special evenings of marshmallow toasting. The children’s rooms, by the way, are particularly lovely, so the house is well suited to family life.
In a feat of perfect timing, this house overlooking the Merion Golf Course went on the market last month, just ahead of the 2013 US Golf Open. While it’s unlikely someone would purchase a home simply for perfect access to a two-week event, they might indeed make the purchase because the three-story Georgian colonial was designed by famed architect Horace Trumbauer. Additionally, there’s so much odd but lovable fabulousness: the trompe l’oeil bookshelves, the wood-paneled library, the phenomenal wallpaper, the hanging bed, the framed Peyton Manning jersey–oh, wait, that last one is maybe less fabulous.
The home is on almost 3.5 acres with a manicured garden, and it has a sun porch, six fireplaces, a playroom, a pool and a pool house/cottage with a kitchen and bath.