Friday, June 24, 2016

Media 5 Mile Race Committee gets Political on Gun Control

What does the Media 5 Miler have to do with guns?  That's what participants and sponsors of the event would like to know.  Recent re-tweets by @Media5MileRace shows support for gun legislation proposed this week.

It also might be seen as supporting a political candidate for re-election, John Lewis (D-GA), which is prohibited by the IRS under their tax exempt status. (developing)

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Another municipality warns residents about strong armed door-to-door sales tactics, while Media Borough does nothing.

Kudos to Ridley Township Police Department for making their residents aware of strong-arm door-to-door tactics.  Here in Media, borough politicians invite them into town to knock on your doors when knowing full well the complaints brought about these groups. 

 Except, of course, Mayor McMahon who won't be bothered as he has a No Soliciting sign outside of where he lives.

Jaco Juice and Taco Bar - It's the talk of the town. Nobody covers Media's food scene better than Lauren Avellino Turton!

West End Flats moving along quickly

Things beginning to move quickly for West End Flats, as the site is being cleared and
 prepared for demolition.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Media politicians can't even look after their own streets.

It was brought to my attention months ago that this blue car was sitting at the top of West Street with expired tags for weeks.  Months later, it still sits there.

Interesting enough Media Borough Councilwoman, Lisa Johnson who lives two doors down from this car has done nothing to address it.

Video shoot going on at the Media Courthouse for what was explained as a lottery commercial.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Mrs Marty's Restaurant closes Media Location on State Street

Mrs Marty's Restaurant closes Media Location on State Street.

Media in Two Minutes - Happy Father's Day

Media in Two Minutes - Happy Father's Day

It's been awhile, but here's this week's Media in Two Minutes.   Why the absence of MtM over the last few months?  Well,  I've been traveling and involved with a few other projects that don't afford me the time to bang this out on Sunday morning.  Perhaps I'll get back into the swing of writing this segment after the Summer.

Ok, Let's Go!

What's the deal with restaurants openings on State St?
Remember, there's always a story behind the story and it's no different here in Media.  Here's what I've heard about the following restaurant coming to Media

Brick N Brew:  There's no doubt that there have been a few "bumps in the road" with getting this place opened.  It looks like things are working themselves out, but it'll be awhile.  I believe the optimistic assumption was that they'd be open by now, but I now hear it'll be closer towards the end of the Summer.  We'll see.
Hidalgo's Mexican Restaurant:  For as small of a place that this is, it seemed it wouldn't have taken very long to open this eatery up.  Well, it appears that there is a major issue with setting up the grill/oven and needed ventilation system for this business.  I'm not sure if a work-around has been decided, but this could take awhile (months).  They do have a Facebook page you might want to check out.
In the mean time, Jaco Taco has been doing a booming business since opening a few weeks ago.
Pairings Cigar Bar:  I'm looking forward to the opening of this place the most.  It's somewhat of a new concept for Media that I haven't seen before on State Street.  I also like the enthusiasm this group displays with their social media marketing.  I hearing this place will be open August, maybe sooner.

Biking in Media? 
I try to do what I can to advocate biking in Media, but I just don't see it catching on.  Even at the Media Train Station, there are typically more scooters parked than bicycles.  I'm not sure it it has to do with the topography of the town, traffic; or both.

What I wasn't aware of until a few weeks ago, is that bicycler's are required to adhere to the same laws a vehicles.  That means, they should stop at stop signs.  Makes sense to me, but I wasn't fully aware of that.

The Urbanization of Media, PA - Everybody's City
Whether political, economical, social or whatever; there are a lot of forces at work towards the urbanization of Media.  I call it urbanization, I'm sure there's a euphemism other's use to support the point.  In fact, there have been quiet discussions going on that entail longtime existing housing complexes being bought out by new management companies.  That shows how interested developers are to get a piece of Media and similar towns.   I don't like to get into the details, as it does freak people out, but you ask around and I"m sure what you hear may surprise you.

Anyway, there will be news regarding recent discussions that include bringing 24 luxury condos/apartments to State Street.  Truthfully, that concept has been on the table for nearly a decade, but now looks to be much more of a possibility.

I think what frustrates residents and businesses, is that there is no openly discussed vision for this town.  Or at least one that isn't communicated effectively.  Media's politicians are reactive to all this development, not proactive in explaining the reasons and affects these changes will have on Media and why.  They won't even tell you what they think, the'll just agree with your position.  Other than this site, what was really communicated about West End Flats or how about the site for the hotel?

As the urbanization of Media begins to pick up speed, you have two choices: accept what's at hand and learn to adapt to the changes (traffic, congestion, etc), or move.

Media in Two Minutes - Later this monring

There will be a Media in Two Minutes segment later this morning.


Friday, June 17, 2016

Bamboo Overgrowth on Gayley Street. Borough's incident management site "Public Stuff" has been down for weeks.

Bamboo overgrowth gets unwieldy on Gayley Street in Media, as reported by a concerned resident.
Also,  the borough's incident management site "publicstuff" that is used to report incidents like this has been down for weeks.  I've brought it to there attention, but it still remains inoperable.

Apparently, they are looking to implement a new system, but no ETA on that roll-out.