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Old 07-13-2019, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Raleigh
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How is Aldan viewed today as a town? Upscale, blue collar, slum, great? I'm an old guy and was born there (Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital) in 1942. I have foggy memories of living on Priscilla Lane. We moved to Virginia when I was about four, but I revisited the house in the mid-1990s. It looked the same as I remembered it. Well kept, nice street, clean, etc. Anyone from Aldan have thoughts?
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Old 07-15-2019, 08:27 AM
 
Location: The City of Brotherly Love
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How is Aldan viewed today as a town? Upscale, blue collar, slum, great? I'm an old guy and was born there (Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital) in 1942. I have foggy memories of living on Priscilla Lane. We moved to Virginia when I was about four, but I revisited the house in the mid-1990s. It looked the same as I remembered it. Well kept, nice street, clean, etc. Anyone from Aldan have thoughts?
I spent some time in Delco, living in Brookhaven for a short while and attending Cardinal O'Hara until I graduated in 2013. My impression of Aldan has been that it's a stable blue-collar community, but also slightly trashy. Clifton Heights is seen in the same light, as are some of the other nearby communities in that part of Delco (Glenolden, Norwood, Prospect Park, etc.). Baltimore Pike is the true delineation between the wealthier areas to the north and the more working-class areas to the south, with the notable exceptions of Swarthmore (you're not a local if you pronounce the "r" in Swarthmore) and Rose Valley.

I absolutely LOVE Gaetano's though! I live in the city, but I don't mind going out of my way to take the El to 69th Street and the 102 trolley to get some of that deliciousness!
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Old 09-26-2019, 07:12 AM
 
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How is Aldan viewed today as a town? Upscale, blue collar, slum, great? I'm an old guy and was born there (Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital) in 1942. I have foggy memories of living on Priscilla Lane. We moved to Virginia when I was about four, but I revisited the house in the mid-1990s. It looked the same as I remembered it. Well kept, nice street, clean, etc. Anyone from Aldan have thoughts?
Aldan has too many people who wish they were hood. It's basically the complete opposite of Clifton Heights and Lansdowne. I've never personally lived people but have known people from there and have lived close enough before to know the area well. A lot of kids seem to take being part of William Penn SD to heart. It's pretty pathetic. Sorry to tell you.

And PhilliesPhan, Gaetano's is in Clifton. There's also a new spot called Rams Head.
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Old 11-06-2019, 11:27 AM
 
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How is Aldan viewed today as a town? Upscale, blue collar, slum, great? I'm an old guy and was born there (Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital) in 1942. I have foggy memories of living on Priscilla Lane. We moved to Virginia when I was about four, but I revisited the house in the mid-1990s. It looked the same as I remembered it. Well kept, nice street, clean, etc. Anyone from Aldan have thoughts?
Hey! I live in Aldan and know a ton of people on the Priscilla/Merion loop that have been there for 30, 40, 50+ years. It's a quiet borough with lots of civic engagement for the small size-- the rec center is currently undergoing a nice expansion, volunteers at Aldan Elementary built a community garden and a new playground in the last year or two, the Trolley Museum was fixed up recently, the Boosters have been raising funds to have these huge 3rd/4th of July parties: They close down the trolley lines around Duffy Field on the 3rd and hire a band with local restaurants, beer garden, etc., then on the 4th the parade goes through town and ends on Duffy Field where a bunch of events for the kids are setup. There was hot air balloon last year.

I wouldn't call it upscale, but I can tell you that my house appraisal grew $10-$20k over the last 5 years. I have just as many neighbors working white collar jobs as blue collar jobs and a lot of people are retirees and vets. The high school isn't very good, but I know parents love Aldan Elementary and the middle school. There's a law suit between the school board and the state over fair funding and if the school wins and the tax bill decreases, I would imagine home prices go through the roof.

Unfortunately, a lot of the trees have been fairing poorly with storms the last few years and more than a few two hundred year old oak trees have disappeared, but Priscilla is still one of the nicest blocks in town. You know those houses were built around 1942 or so, right when you were born. I have to imagine that the Dogwoods, Cedars, Cherry, Magnolia, and Red Bud trees were all planted around the same time.

Per the other posters, I think people who tend to think of Aldan as "trashy" or "hood" are just making a judgement on my working class neighbors, black and white, who still keep a nice yard, decorate for holidays, and help shovel their elderly neighbors walk when it snows despite working for a living.
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Old 11-12-2019, 02:10 AM
 
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Aldan is a fine place to live.
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