Waiting For Return Of Successful Cedar Park Traffic Calming Measure

 

Cedar Park residents have an easier time crossing the tricky corner of 48th & Baltimore, thanks to a 2013 traffic calming measure undertaken by the University City District. | Photo: Eyes on the Street

Cedar Park residents have an easier time crossing the tricky corner of 48th & Baltimore, thanks to a 2013 traffic calming measure undertaken by the University City District. | Photo: Eyes on the Street

  • Eyes on the Street’s Jake Blumgart finds that absence does indeed makes the heart grow fonder, noting that he has come to appreciate the dozen ceramic planters installed in 2013 by the University City District (UCD) 2013 as bumpouts to 48th & Baltimore Avenue as an effective traffic calming intervention for the congested Cedar Park intersection. Removed in the summer by PennDOT during the course of its roadwork along Baltimore Avenue, they are set to return in a few weeks. “By turning a section of the street that cars didn’t regularly use, but which they could easily swerve into, over to pedestrians the intersection became far more pleasant practically overnight. In addition to shortening the crossing distances, the project added to the communal life of the neighborhood and is a testament to the power of small changes to improve urban life.” Looking ahead, vice president of planning and economic development Andrew Stober also previews UCD’s planned extension of Cedar Park itself, into what is now an unnecessary turning lane at 49th & Baltimore. 
  • Yesterday marked the 334th anniversary of the city’s founding in 1682. Philly.com recalls The Inquirer and the Daily News coverage of previous milestones along Philadelphia’s first Millennium, including its tardy 1908 celebration of its 225th birthday the year before (for which The Inquirer hired a blimp to commemorate the event with a weeklong flight above the city).
  • Looking to grow its slice of the craft beer market, Yards Brewing Company officially announced plans to relocate its operations next fall. Conjuring his Washington, Yards co-founder Tom Kehoe forded Delaware Avenue during a press event yesterday, embanking near 5th & Spring Garden, where next fall the 22-year-old brewery will open a 70,000+square-foot high-tech facility. “We want to have depth in the market and be apart of the local beer scene,” Kehoe tells NewsRadio’s John McDevitt.
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