Will the big red barn on the corner of Planebrook and Swedesford in East Whiteland rise again? In February I was wondering the fate of this really big, red barn, and look at what I snapped yesterday:
So nice to see since an apparent adaptive reuse in progress, especially East Whiteland seems to have preservation issues (as in actually seeing that things are preserved).
Things I do not like in East Whiteland right now include the closing of the movie theater in Frazer for a used car or car dealership, the replacement adult whatever toy store next to the King Street Grill, the closing of Newbury Gifts in May and the Wedding Touch closing on April 27th.
The commercial district of East Whiteland along Lancaster Avenue is a hodge podge, and if they cared, it could at least look better. If all these “high end” stores are either in the Vahalla know as Uptown Worthington (whose advertising on their website is well worth mocking it is so absurd) or coming to Uptown Worthington, hello, has anyone looked at Route 30 as it runs through East Whiteland? What is decent is drowned out by seriously ugly so why not improve it? Why not attempt to attract other than car dealerships, mobile home parks, self storage and adult novelty stores? And yes I know those aren’t the ONLY things along Route 30 in East Whiteland, but that is what the public perception is.
Soon Uptown Worthington will be as crowded as Mall World in Exton so why not start thinking about giving people attractive shopping alternatives and fix it up on Route 30? To me it just seems to be common sense to draw on the popularity of Uptown Worthington and Mall World in Exton and to make the in-between look better and have stores people would like to patronize, preferably independent retailers and not more big box stores. I am not saying some new urbanist fairy tale of a walkable business district (it would never happen safely here), but a more cohesive and better looking few miles.
Also on my wish list for East Whiteland? I would love to see Linden Hall and Loch Aerie preserved too.
I would also really appreciate it if Whitelands Chiropractic on the corner of Church and Lancaster in Frazer would trim the complete bent elbow of hedges so drivers could see better from both roads.
Business districts are important. Uniformity and neatness and design of business districts are equally important.