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Old 05-05-2008, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Expatriate Philadelphian in Northern Virginia
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I was in the Philly area this weekend with my ladyfriend for an early Mother's Day/birthday visit. This non-driver's lack of highway knowledge was confirmed when, heading west on I-276 from Willow Grove, I made the faulty assumption that I would run into I-76 on the way. The good news is that I made a serendipitous connection with Paoli (via Exton) and took the opportunity to travel down through the Main Line towns on Lancaster Ave (Route 30). I have to admit that I have only been out here a handful of times in my life, mostly to Villanova and points east. I did come out to Paoli once to interview for a job (which I didn't get. :P)

While it would be "crazy" to head down here during rush hour, it wasn't too bad on an early Sunday afternoon. I particularly liked downtown Wayne. The stretch from Villanova and Rosemont through Bryn Mawr was familiarly pleasant and scenic. When I saw Ardmore, I was reminded of another member's opinion of the area. I have to admit that the main drag did look a bit "tired" compared to points west. Still there were some stores that would have piqued my interest; it's not an area where I would have thought twice about my safety. Of course, all opinions are valid and equal.

Since we were in such an upscale area, we decided to stop at - where else - a McDonald's in Rosemont. While the exterior was the traditional style, the inside was, dare I say, practically hip.

So overall, I'm glad I messed up and found myself on the Main Line as I got to share this story with you all.

PS: After visiting a friend in West Philly, we made our way to my old stomping grounds in University City. I had mixed feeling about seeing the Dock Street Pub replace the Firehouse Market as well as the disappearance of a few other fondly remembered businesses on that stretch of Baltimore Avenue. We went down the 4600 block of Osage which is IMO the nicest street in the community. It's as if you've stepped into a suburb on that block.
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Old 05-06-2008, 06:55 PM
 
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Thanks for the walk down memory lane. I went to Villanova and worked out there at the Sears and PSFS in Wayne and the Strawbridges in Ardmore. I also lived with a family out in Radnor during the summers, What a great time in my life. That area is so nice, we even ate pizza with Dr. J (who lived out there) off campus. This was back in the early 80's.
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Old 05-08-2008, 01:54 PM
 
Location: DC Metro/NoVA
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I live around the corner from that McDonalds.....But not for long
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Old 05-08-2008, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Drexel Hill/Lansdowne
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it's weird how west of Dock Street Brewery and the PFCU, baltimore ave looks like crap...as if 50th street was some sort of line of demarcation...
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Old 05-08-2008, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Expatriate Philadelphian in Northern Virginia
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Wow, if I had known I would have waved Hello.

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I live around the corner from that McDonalds.....But not for long
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Old 05-08-2008, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Expatriate Philadelphian in Northern Virginia
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it's weird how west of Dock Street Brewery and the PFCU, baltimore ave looks like crap...as if 50th street was some sort of line of demarcation...
In a sense, that seems to be true. I think that once the economy improves, gentrification will continue to at least 52nd St.
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