A design of the Lancaster Avenue pedestrian bridge submitted to the Radnor Township Design Review Board.
Radnor Township last night approved a controversial pedestrian bridge planned for Villanova’s campus.
At first, it seems like there’s no reason for the bridge to be controversial. It’s part of a $285 million expansion project for the University, and will be built over Lancaster Avenue. It’s scheduled to finish in 2018.
But it’s what’s on the bridge that caused an uproar. Designs for the bridge submitted to the Radnor Township Design Review Board show two four-foot, seven-inch crosses on each side of the bridge.
The crosses would be on Villanova property, and so despite the project’s detractors Radnor officials said the township would have to approve the project. But some people are not happy. “I think they are overstepping their sense of ecumenism to shove these crosses in our faces,” Sara Piling told the Inquirer. “This bridge really disturbs me,” Susan Smith told the Delaware County Times. “The size of it and the safety of it concern me first. The crosses disturb me second. I don’t think if we had Beth Hillel University down the street in the next block that we would like to see the Star of David on that.”
There’s more! The Times also quoted Rick Leonardi, who called the crosses unconstitutional: “There is a reason drivers on I-476 are not subjected to Bible verses painted on the sound walls lining the roadway or that there is no crescent moon next to the griffin on the Blue Route, that the overpasses are not emblazoned with Stars of David.”
But it was the Inquirer who got the best quote, from League of Women Voters of Radnor Township president Roberta Winters: “While we recognize the importance of Villanova to our community and the notoriety it brings to Radnor, are there less ostentatious ways to reflect a Catholic institution?” (Um, not really. Have you seen Catholic churches?!)
Despite their complaints, the bridge has been approved and Lancaster Avenue will one day have two five-foot crosses towering over it.
511 Montgomery Ln., Wayne, Pa. 19087 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach
Some people want a house that has a lot of character. Some people want a house that has modern charm. Some people want a combination of both.
If you fall into the lattermost category, this cozy home in Radnor Township is probably your dream come true. With renovations completed in 2016, the property now boasts an extended living space, a new roof, new exterior doors, new interior trim and doors, new bathrooms, a new kitchen, new garage doors, new wood flooring, and then some. Even the curb appeal is nice. Read more »
330 Edgehill Rd., Wayne, Pa. 19087 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach
This 1910 center-hall Colonial in Wayne has all the basic elements of this staple Main Line house type: a central entrance foyer with grand staircase flanked by a formal living room on one side and a formal dining room on the other. Fireplaces galore. Great rooms with coffered ceilings. You get the idea.
But look closer and you’ll notice that this vision in white is also a departure from the standard in just about every way possible: Where many center-hall Colonials are dark, staid and somber, this one is bright, airy and colorful, with plenty of sun-drenched rooms. A succession of master builders and designers have left their mark on this home, bringing it into the 21st century with tastefully opulent upgrades and additions that mix traditional and modern elements. Read more »
200 Pine Tree Rd., Radnor, Pa. 19087 | Photos: Herb Engelsberg
If you hear faint echoes of the late, lamented “La Ronda” emanating from the house above, we wouldn’t be a bit surprised. “Rock Rose” has a similar but slightly older pedigree, and both wear their Mediterranean influences well. But this home is still with us thanks to owners who have lovingly maintained it over the years, and as a result, it’s now ready for the next chapter in its history.
That chapter could be written by you, if you have the relatively modest scratch needed to buy it.
“Relatively modest” because the asking price gets you a 14,000-square-foot original of the kind no one builds any more. Designed by Zantziger, Borie & Medary, who did much of the preliminary work on the Philadelphia Museum of Art in partnership with Horace Trumbauer, Rock Rose was built in 1912 as the summer home for Edward K. Rowland and his family. Four years later, Rowland leased the home to George and Lucile Brooke, the latter a survivor of the Titanic disaster. Read more »
“Well,” said Pooh, “what I like best,” and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called.” — Winnie-the-Pooh, A.A. Milne
He caused multiple school lockdowns, charged a police officer, and inspired a parody Twitter account, and now the Radnor black bear has reportedly been lured and captured by officials using donuts, maple syrup, and honey. Read more »
The black bear that prompted two schools in Radnor to go on lockdown yesterday morning is apparently making a bid for fame — and a safe return home. Read more »
100 Rock Rose Lane, Radnor, Pa. 19087 | TREND images via RE/MAX Main Line
This being Philadelphia, a lot of us love our homes to at least convey a sense of history. That’s even truer on the Main Line, and especially so in tony Radnor. But those of you with a penchant for crisp, clean lines should find this High Modernist home out that way highly appealing.
The home’s white stucco exterior, with its black window bands and stone wall, may make you feel like you ran across a sunnier version of a Louis Kahn home. Inside, features like sleek white interiors, lots of windows letting in natural light and open floor plans make this home even sunnier. A striking spiral staircase is the focal point of the foyer. Read more »
The editors of Thrillist managed to get their White Dogs confused when they ran their ranking of Wayne with a photo of the West Philly original. Here’s a picture of the White Dog Cafe in Wayne.
The Philadelphia region happens to be unusually well endowed with cool suburbs that boast walkable Main Streets, interesting shops and great places to eat—great Millennial bait, in short. We could rattle off a litany of them—and will now: Ardmore. Bryn Mawr. Collingswood. Conshohocken. Doylestown. Glenside. Jenkintown. Haddonfield (though it skews older). Media. Merchantville. Others, such as Burlington, Lansdowne and Upper Darby, are loaded with potential, some of it even being realized.
But what’s the coolest of them all? According to the folks at Thrillist, the bible for Millennials seeking advice on what’s hot, what’s fun and how to drop what money they have on stuff, that distinction belongs to Wayne. Read more »
Radnor High School was placed on lockdown at 12:30 p.m. today after a bullet was found on campus, a report on the school’s website said. The lockdown was categorized “level 2,” which means there was no direct threat to students.
The school said no danger to teachers or students has been found. K9 units were called in to sweep the school after a 9mm bullet was found in a hallway sometime today. Read more »
Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar is replacing Susanna Foo in Radnor.
Dave Magrogan’s rapidly expanding restaurant empire will soon be adding a sixth Harvest Seasonal Grill and Wine Bar to the Main Line. This Radnor location will replace Susanna Foo’s Gourmet Kitchen that closed in June.
Harvest is a farm-to-table concept that promises organic, local and sustainable ingredients sourced locally. This location will have seating for 200 in its main dining room plus a 50-seat bar, 60-seat private dining room and three patios.
The Radnor Harvest Seasonal Grill will open in the spring of 2016.
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