What Needs to Change in Bryn Mawr and Gladwyne?

If you could make a New Year's resolution for your neighborhood, what would it be?

More than 45 percent of Americans make a New Year's resolution every year, according to statisticbrain.com. Some people vow to live a healthier lifestyle, others promise to spend more time with family, and many say they will try to save money.

As millions of Americans make resolutions to improve their lives, what could we do in Bryn Mawr, Gladwyne, Rosemont and Villanova to make them even better places to live?

A related question: What part of life here most needs to improve in 2013?

Tell us in the comment section below, or blog about your experiences in and opinions of your neighborhood.

Charlene December 27, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Bryn Mawr should be a shopping destination. You should park your car and have enough nice shops (not hair salons) to walk and then have a nice lunch. The movie theatre is there and it should be a draw. Right now, it is not worth the trip.
robert roth December 28, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Agreed..............but you didn't go far enough. Hair Salons, Nail Salons for sure. There are only a handful of shops that are worth shopping at along the main strip. Not enough intresting stores to walk around town and shop. There ate far to many crapping looking storefronts also. There should be somekind of board that forces you to keep you storefront presentable. The town doesen't jive as a shopping district at all, Bryn Mawr Village.......I don't think so. Landlords need to have some kind of restrictions and rules as to what shops they rent to, and to keep there properties looking nice. There are some who care, but few and far between. I could go on and on but nothing will ever get done. Count the vacant storefronts...........................
Theresa Lipinski December 28, 2012 at 03:30 AM
Yes, there isn't that home-town feel like Main Street Narberth, or even Wayne. It is very depressing to see so many vacant unkempt storefronts. The stores that have closed are the ones I would frequent the most: Food Source, Bryn Mawr Hardware, Barnes and Noble, Borders, even the Dunkin' Donuts! There are far too many banks, oriental rug shops, and specialty clothing stores that only cater to a limited clientele. Bring back the Rosemont Village Mall when it actually had retail stores like Just for the Record, Renel's, and not just tutoring and fitness centers! Remember when Santa and Mrs. Claus would appear there during Christmas like a real mall? Bring back the good old days when there were stores that everyone could shop at up and down Lancaster Ave., like Arties, Jolly Rogers Toy Store, The Colonial Meat Market, the original Bryn Mawr News Agency, Bryn Mawr Mapes, Hofferts Ice Cream Shop, and Eskil's Clog Shop!
Edward Tobin December 28, 2012 at 05:39 AM
Wow. I came to work in Bryn Mawr in 1967 and it seems like a different town. I have lived here for over 30 years and do miss the three men's shops and the meat market. We also had Cox sport shop and the Bryn Mawr Hardware. The town does need a revival, maybe a pet store and a quality gift store like Ranel's or James Stockton was. I still believe that that the Bryn Mawr train station should be restored as an attraction that folks would come from miles around to marvel. I remember crying as a teenager when they raised the old Ardmore and Bryn Mawr stations. It felt like someone yanked my heart out. We live in one of the finest communities in the country...let's get busy and restore it before it's too late!
Jj smith January 08, 2013 at 01:00 AM
These are great comments! As a relative newcomer who came from haddonfield New Jersey and before that Princeton and st. louis - all walkable fun towns, I think Bryn Mawr could be more of a destination than any of them. The proprietor of a food establishment that opened in the last year told us he encountered a lot of red tape and bureaucracy that nearly made him give up. A small business association with some clout, a five, ten and fifteen year plan and some financial backig and also a good town and gown plan for Villanova and the other schools that allows the coexistence of cheap pizza shops and bars without making downtown look like a slum would be great. Not to compare Bryn Mawr to the inner city but penn, Drexel and temple have helped with business revitalization in their areas.


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