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Civics to Discuss Trail Closings, Apartments

Two Roxborough community groups will be meeting Wednesday.

Two Roxborough civic groups will discuss potential new developments in the area at their meetings this week.

The Upper Roxborough Civic Association will be discussing the Ridge  apartment building at 7949. The group had some issues with the lighting and paint design of the building when it first came into the neighborhood and the The Galman Group development company has agreed to present alternative ideas at the meeting Wednesday.

The Wissahickon Interested Citizens Association will be reviewing a proposal from the Wissahickon Restoration Volunteers to close some social trails and increase the signage for the park near Henry Avenue and Hermit Lane in Roxborough. The WICA will be providing their input on the proposed trail closings.

Both meetings are scheduled for Feb 13. The Upper Roxborough Civic will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Roxborough Presbyterian Church, 8230 Ridge Avenue. The WICA meeting will take place at 7 p.m. at Northern Children's Services at 5301 Ridge Avenue.

Ines Stelzer February 13, 2013 at 04:49 AM
Oh sure, save some pile of dirt that holds water, because it really adds to the look of the neighborhood. But go ahead and tear down a beautiful home built in the 1800's so we can build what? More homes? A Wendy's? So what if it's across the street from a historical site. But God forbid don't mess with a Reservoir. I guess it's because it's in Andorra they get their way, unlike the "lower" end of the borough huh? People, your priorities are screwed up. Look how beautiful it looks now at Ridge & Roxborough. Prime location for another dollar store, or perhaps another bank. This neighborhood sucks anymore. Nothing distinct about it. Anything of historical nature is gone. Roxborough - the home of dollar stores, banks and pizza shops...oh and 101 Chinese take out stores
Ines Stelzer February 13, 2013 at 04:51 AM
One more thing.....does this stupid advertising have to show up right where i'm typing or trying to read something - it's annoying
Kevin February 13, 2013 at 06:39 PM
Why are you so angry? If Bunting meant so much to you, then you should have purchased it when you had the opportunity. Now it's gone and there's no amount of whining that will bring it back. Get over it. Instead of lamenting the loss of Bunting; put your energy towards something useful like obtaining historical designations for what few old home Roxborough has left.
Ines Stelzer February 14, 2013 at 07:47 AM
Your not from the neighborhood are you? Buy the Bunting house? Your missing the point. It isn't just the Bunting house. How about the house that sat on Fairthorne St, big beautiful house with a double stair case, torn down so Barbara could build a parking lot. Dernley Mansion torn down to build cookie cutter houses. Don't tell me what to get over dude, i have my opinion and just because you have no pride in the neighborhood then maybe you should back off. I called the city and was told we didn't have a strong enough community activists. Maybe you don't give a crap if another strip mall is put there, but right across the street is a historical landmark, now when we're eating at wendy's we can look at it and say, wow, did you know people burned to death in a church that once stood there, It's probably a matter of time before they tear that down too. If you don't like my rants dude ... don't read them...move on
Kevin February 15, 2013 at 05:30 PM
Yes, buy the properties that you wish to preserve, or get historical designation for them. And if your community isn't strong enough, then strengthen it. Start an organization. Make a kickstarter. Raise funds. Get stuff done. Quit whining. And FYI, I am "from the neighborhood". I live here just like you do. I just don't see why it is helpful to lament the loss of a few crumbling old buildings that have no architectural or historical significance. The land that they sit on is much better utilized by putting up homes/businesses that contemporary families and young professionals want to live/shop in. Those are the kinds of people who will ultimately bolster the economy of this area; not a bunch of cranky old SS/medicaid dependent holdouts. A double staircase and crumbling walls do not generate income for this area or for the city. Don't accuse me of not having any pride in my neighborhood because I simply don't appose the progress be made here by developers. I would argue that I have more pride in this area than you, simply because I want to see this area succeed and be a viable community for young families... So maybe it's really you that should back off.
Ines Stelzer February 16, 2013 at 12:33 AM
I'm angry? Sorry, if I don't have the same mindset as you. I appreciate the history of our area..According to research, Bunting was a prominent Philadelphia physician in the post-Civil War area. He earned his medical degree from what is now Jefferson University and was the one of the first Americans to receive a diploma from the University of Paris. He purchased the corner lot at Ridge and Roxborough Avenus in 1879, where, according to U.S. Census data, he built the stone home in 1880. Manton wrote that at the home: "he carried on his practice of medicine in Roxborough for 20 years, eventually rising to a position of prominence through his membership in various organizations and institutions, eg. the Philadelphia County Medical Club, College of Physicians, Saint Timothy's Memorial Hospital, and the Roxborough Home for Women (the Gorgas Home). He was the author of many scholarly articles and works in the field of medicine." Also, across the street if you ever bothered to read the sign the stood a barn that the British set on fire with people inside who perished. So you think contemporary familes and young professionals would better be served by having what? Chucky Cheese? You said Not a bunch of cranky old SS/medicaid dependent holdouts. Those are our families. Generations from Roxborough & Manayunk are not interested in people tearing down history to build yet another hip coffee shop. Your from the neighborhood, how long dude a year? 2? You don't speak for the rest of us
Ines Stelzer February 16, 2013 at 12:56 AM
And Kevin since you don't appose the building going on just proves you don't have any taste when it comes to architecture because if you think those square blocks with stucco and aluminum siding is attractive, then i suggest you move closer to a prison because that's what they look like...glorified cells blocks.
Kevin February 16, 2013 at 02:11 AM
Wow thats some resume Dr Bunting's got there. It still doesn't impart any historical or architectural significance to the "stone home". Plenty of people graduate from medical school and build practices. Buildings don't become significant merely because the inhabitant is a dr. Don't be so naive. It's clear that the "generations" from Roxborough and Manayunk are not interested in tearing down the past. And sadly it's because the past is all that they have left anymore.
Kevin February 16, 2013 at 02:14 AM
I think I'll stay here and toast with champagne every time another home is built and another family is welcomed into this community.
Ines Stelzer February 16, 2013 at 03:04 AM
You would. You sound like type
Ines Stelzer February 16, 2013 at 03:11 AM
Now go back down main street - oh that's right - they don't knock down historical building down there - why don't you go down there and tell them how they're in the way of modern innovation - funny how old Manayunk is and yet they're dying to get in there blows your theory of "why it is helpful to lament the loss of a few crumbling old buildings that have no architectural or historical significance.
Ines Stelzer February 16, 2013 at 03:15 AM
Dude, its a friday night, and you've got nothing better to do than argue about a neighborhood you didn't grow up in? What's the matter ,.... no body to play with - get lost and find something else to do other than argue with some old bitch - now beat it!!
john m February 16, 2013 at 10:40 PM
well put Ines!!! good for you!!! & SCREW that guy. "YOUNG PROFESSIONALS..." Pffffttt! Oh yeah, "YOUNG PROFESSIONALS" BIG DEAL!!! Hooray for the young professional. Nothing but a bunch of cheese eatin', wine sippin', Main Street Manayunk YUPPIES...this neighborhood is not the same neighborhood I grew up in. just sayin'.
Ines Stelzer February 17, 2013 at 03:00 AM
Thank you John, it's amazing how 2 people can look at something and see 2 different things. It's obvious the man wouldn't know good architecture if it bit him in the ass. Im sure these same people travel to other countries and marvel at the old buildings, churches and old homes.
Kevin February 21, 2013 at 12:23 AM
As do you
Kevin February 21, 2013 at 12:35 AM
You forgot to mention; money spendin', tax payin', degree havin', community buildin' and forward-thinkin'
Kevin February 21, 2013 at 12:44 AM
I know right? The MDC does a much better job of protecting their old buildings - it's probably because they have strong community activists. Looks like you could really learn a lot from them.
Ines Stelzer February 21, 2013 at 12:50 AM
Don't have much of a personal life do you Kevin.....
Kevin February 21, 2013 at 03:22 AM
Don't have many more dilapidated stone homes to save do ya Ines?
Ines Stelzer February 21, 2013 at 03:31 AM
Too bad they can't get rid of jerks as easily as they do the dilapidated stone homes. I notice you spend a lot of time trolling on here Kev, like I asked before, don't have much of a life do you hon?
Kevin February 21, 2013 at 03:35 AM
Ines, Jeopardy is on! Slump into your La Z Boy and grab a hot mug of chickory. Let the adults handle the civic issues
Ines Stelzer February 21, 2013 at 03:38 AM
Your an asshole you know that Kevin - we're done
Kevin February 21, 2013 at 03:53 AM
You were the one "trolling" Ines. This post is about trail closures in the wissahickon and new apartments being built in Shawmomt. It had nothing to do with your beloved stone home. You posted a comment in an attempt to get attention because you are upset over an unrelated issue - textbook trolling. I am giving you the attention you're looking for. If you don't like being fed, then quit yet trollin troll
Kevin February 21, 2013 at 03:59 AM
If you say so g'ma

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