Today for preservationists there was a very happy headline in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Updated: MAY 4, 2016 — 3:25 AM EDT
How does that work exactly?
So I am guessing this is all just a silly coincidence of relationships? I mean why cut out the local media until a half hour before this event? Surely it is a gaffe? Because it just is not right, and let us not forget for a long time it was solely the local papers on the Main Line which carried this story and followed it and covered it and attended mind and rear end numbing meetings in Lower Merion Township.
And then there are the comments on social media including from members of Lower Merion Township Staff who should really know better. I saved the actual screen shot of the comment but won’t post so as to not embarrass the author of this particular comment:
The transformation of the Haas Estate was initiated by the Haas family but it took a lot of creativity, hard work and leadership by the local government to realize.
Respectfully, I disagree. Lower Merion got lucky and went on to create an ordinance around it that was given an unfortunate nickname. My former township sometimes shall we say likes to ummm, over improve and over complicate things and is that fair to say?
Local government can’t take all the credit on this one alone, sorry. It is mostly the doing of the family. And the Natural Lands Trust.
This year’s Natural Lands Trust Stardust celebration is being held at Stoneleigh. Stardust is an amazingly lovely party, so think about supporting it.