Category Archives: Explanations/controversy

Springetts again focal point of preservationist-versus-developer debate, Part II

Linked in/Neat stuff, below: Golden Plough’s new shingles/5 things to see in Gettysburg Another developer v. preservationist debate is playing out in (where else?) Springettsbury Township. Bloomingdale (seen here) and the Modernaire Motel are significant structures that could be demolished … Continue reading

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That was Tropical Storm Agnes: ‘My mother-in-law … they took her out of the second story window by boat’

This History Mystery quiz captured the interest of York, Pa., Daily Record Facebook readers. It reached more than 50,000 and attracted, 268 likes, 134 comments and 226 shares. One commenter remembered:  ‘My mother-in-law lived on the corner and they took her … Continue reading

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Growing bad blood in families means more York County judges – and more courtrooms

The buildout of the fifth floor at the York County Judicial Center, seen across the North George Street atrium, reflects what’s going with family structure in the county. Some of the fifth-floor courtrooms will open in July to accommodate escalating … Continue reading

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Royal Square in York, Pa.: These buildings will be in the middle of things. Actually, they already are

Linked in/Neat stuff, below: Graves moving at York church/Remember Weinbrom? This remote section of Royal Square Development continues to expand in York City, Pa. Actually, it’s not remote – right down North Beaver Street from Central Market. And when the Northwest … Continue reading

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In their day, these old York, Pa., lamp posts were works of art

You see these old utility poles bearing new street lamps around town. You squint and realize that in their day, they were special. They still bear an element of their original craftsmanship, although this one outside Central Market on North … Continue reading

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York Fair 250: Big parade, big top circus part of big anniversary plans

Linked in/Neat stuff below: Boyhood homes of famous Yorkers/Jeff Koons in the news These panels, part of the outdoor York Fair painting in the Murals of York series, show high-profile parades that have been part of the fair’s past. This … Continue reading

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Off-year, off-season election musings: Leader and Wolf families have impact on York County, Pa.

This is a story of two front pages and two venerable York, Pa., families. Next to the York Daily Record copy machine the other day, I ran across a copy of The Gazette and Daily front page. One of our … Continue reading

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Murals of York, Pa.: 3 views and some news about these deteriorating, outdoor paintings

Good news here. This vandalized panel in the Murals of York series will be rehabbed. Its cleanup offered an opportunity for an artist to make a mark on the community, and a York, Pa., Daily Record story says someone has stepped … Continue reading

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How the ‘Barnes Dance’ allowed you to cross this York, Pa., intersection at any angle

After I suggested that people were jaywalking at this mystery York, Pa., intersection, a YDR Facebook commenter stated: ‘This was NOT jaywalking. It was a short-lived intersection plan called “Barnes’ Dance” … . All vehicular traffic was stopped, and all pedestrian traffic was allowed to cross at any angle. It did not last long. Eventually the city returned to the customary configuration.’ But the History Mystery remains. What city intersection are you seeing here?

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About buses and Bear’s in York, Pa.’s Continental Square

This post-street-car view shows York’s Continental Square and its stand of buses. Buses became king when the last street car made its run in 1939. Public transit would become more important as wartime rationing kicked in. And there’s Bear’s, standing on the square’s angle that has been in the news recently. An interesting website, operated by David Sullivan, profiles York’s department stores.

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