Movoto Real Estate released its list of 10 Best Cities in Pennsylvania today, and Eastern PA — and this area in particular — does quite nicely, thank you. In addition to looking at amenities, the other criteria — crime, high school graduation rate, median income, cost of living, and home value — were measured against state averages.
Here are the towns in our neck of the woods that make the grade and an explanation of why they did so:
Solar powered Shake Shack opens in King of Prussia.
The King of Prussia Shake Shack has swung open its doors to hungry suburban shoppers and office workers. This new location will serve all of your favorite Shake Shack classics along with new frozen custard concretes:
The legacy of modernist architect Richard Neutra may have been tarnished slightly earlier this year with the demolition of his Cyclorama building at Gettysburg, but his homes are still in demand. One look at the midcentury master’s Coveney House, and it’s easy to see why. Like his modernist peers, Neutra was intent on bringing the outside in, hence the glass-walled living room, three skylights, and ample views of the surrounding 2 acres of trees.
It must have been difficult for the Coveney family to give the house up after 52 years of loving stewardship. Take a look at the gallery below. It’s very much worth it.
French fries are deeply embedded in our nation’s culinary palette. From greasy fast food side dishes to the ultimate snack at baseball games, it doesn’t get much more all-American than a bucket of fries.
But Shoo Fry, which just opened last weekin the King of Prussia Mall transforms the ordinary side-dish into a full-fledged meal. Some of their wacky (but awesome?) combos include Pig & The Giant Peach (pulled Pork, Apple-Carrot Slaw topped with Peach-Ginger Sauce), Bad Apple (diced Granny Smith apples, caramelized onions, bacon & cheddar cheese) and Shoo Fly Pie Fries (fresh Pie Crust crumbles topped with super “Sweetie” sauce). Or you can go traditional “naked” fries (clothes are optional).
And this Thursday you can celebrate Christmas in July with a FREE chili cheese fry giveaway from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (no purchase necessary). If you do check them out, please report back on how strawberries and potatoes go together.
SEPTA’s next big idea – the King of Prussia Rail Line – is moving forward. This week the Authority hosted a public scoping meeting to provide an update and solicit feedback.
The process of simply planning an extension like this is a long one though, and SEPTA is upfront about that.
“We are many years away from engineering and design,” said Byron Comati, SEPTA’s director of strategic planning and analysis.
He stressed that this is a long-term project and said, “If you don’t plan, you never build, so the planning process has to start somewhere.”
As other observers have noted, SEPTA will mostly want to ensure it has funding enough to maintain its existing routes before it gets into the business of creating new ones. Don’t expect to see that KOP route anytime soon.
Ever wish you could enjoy the splendors of suburban sprawl without all the sprawling, suburban, traffic? At a public meeting tomorrow, SEPTA will unveil plans to extend the Norristown High Speed line to the King of Prussia Mall and Valley Forge. Right now, you best option from Philly is to take a car or a bus. Both of which will result in I-76-induced road rage. Tomorrow night’s session, of course, will be taking place at the Radisson Hotel Valley Forge smack in the middle of rush hour. “Open House” at 4 p.m., presentation at 6 p.m. [Daily News]
Brad Pitt made a surprise appearance at the King of Prussia Mall yesterday. A screening of his big-budget zombie flick World War Z, which was set in Philly, was taking place, and Pitt decided to drop in. For exactly one minute. Notable quote: “I just crushed a cheesesteak next door.”
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6ABC reports that women wearing hats emblazoned with “Fuck Cancer”—a pink ribbon strategically placed where the “C” would be in the “F” word—were kicked out of the King of Prussia Mall on Sunday.
While they were buying funeral dresses.
For the funeral of their mother, who died last week … of cancer.
“The logo, the saying, is the only expression that I feel is strong enough to defeat the word, defeat the disease,” said Zakia Clark, whose 51-year-old mother, Jackie Underwood, died last week.
Where the story turns slightly absurd when you realize—as the sisters pointed out—that stores in the mall carry a variety of profane clothing objects. King of Prussia Mall is fine selling you such apparel, apparently, as long as you keep it in a (metaphorical) brown paper bag until it leaves their campus. “To say they don’t want that in their mall, but they sell it… it just wasn’t right,” said Makia Underwood. “It wasn’t right to kick us out, and you sell things with curse words on them.”
Mall officials defended their decision to keep the patrons—or their hats, at least—curse free. But they also expressed condolences and offered to donate to the anti-cancer charity of the sisters’ choice.
Sure, you can go to a regular laundromat–lug your overlarge, sticky bottle of detergent, or forget it and use those juice-carton powders that clump; get 500 quarters from the bank or try feeding your wrinkled dollar into a stubborn, SEPTA-like change machine; flip through a disturbingly crinkled copy of Ladies Home Journal from 2009 after your phone battery dies; fight with other patrons for the one dryer that’s hot; and watch, in a daze, as a 3-year-old child places her half-sucked lollipop onto your leg, where it adheres to your jeans as though her spit is Krazy Glue. That’s all out there for you anytime you want it.
Or…as of January 2014, you can go to the Village Mart Laundromat, which breaks ground next week in King of Prussia.