Results of Jenkintown’s Beautification, Part 4

Yesterday, I toured Greenwood Avenue, where a good part of the curbings appear to be made of granite, not slate. This interests me only because my hometown of Springfield, Massachusetts typically used granite curbs, which typically hold up better against the elements and snow plows. My mom’s neighborhood, built in 1971, and sees about the same amount of traffic as your average Jenkintown side street, has yet to repave the street or replace any of the curbs. No, she did not have sidewalks, but if she were still alive, she’s probably say “See? I told you so.” This, despite the fact that Springfield maintains its sidewalks. City ordinance only requires residents keep them clear.

The Verizon building near the train station does indeed cut a fine presence in our town, but it would appear that the Borough conveniently overlooked this patchwork. This meets code? [UPDATE: Soon after we published this photo, this section of sidewalk was fixed.]

End results of a dubious policy, part 2

Some of the work is still ongoing, and some streets have yet to receive their notices, but here’s how things look so far, which I should mention is no fault of the residents who commissioned the work.

As stated before, if you have brick and/or slate, you get a pass. At one point, the Borough’s street sweepers thought that this section needed replacement. Apparently a call to George Locke, Borough Manager, rectified that for the lucky homeowner.