|After the "improvement"|
For almost a hundred years the western stretch of Chew Street beyond Muhlenberg College had a quiet elegance to it. This was by no accident, as the neighborhood was developed by General Harry Trexler, also father of the park system.
Regular readers of this blog remember that recently I lamented the decision to blacktop the cement streets. Little did I know that the macadam would only be the first assault on the neighborhood.
Despite the fact that virtually no cars park on Chew Street in that area, parking lanes have been painted. Although, there is little traffic or even walkers, cross walks have been painted on four sides of each corner. Add the double yellow lines and bike logos, and you have a blinding smorgasbord of paint.
There's something wrong when an improvement depreciates the value of a neighborhood.
|Before the "improvement"|