9 01, 2021

Court Street Urban Renewal Project of the 1960s

2021-01-09T04:54:51-04:00January 9th, 2021|Towns-Wards|0 Comments

The 1960s and 1970s were marked by the effect of Federal urban renewal programs upon the City. Although it later became fashionable to criticize the effects of the wholesale demolition and, reconstruction that these programs sponsored, there is little doubt that Reading gained [...]

14 12, 2020

Early Development of Southwest Reading, PA

2021-03-25T13:56:20-04:00December 14th, 2020|Towns-Wards|0 Comments

After Reading was sketched out by Thomas Penn in 1748, most of the development centered around Market Square (present day Penn Street)  and west in almost a straight line to the Schuylkill River. For the next 100 years, development stayed mostly in that [...]

5 07, 2020

Wyomissing Park – The Modern Garden Suburb of Reading

2020-07-10T13:51:30-04:00July 5th, 2020|Towns-Wards|0 Comments

In 1913, the textile magnates Ferdinand Thun (1866-1949), Henry Janssen (1866-1948), and Gustav Oberlaender (1867-1936), formed the Wyomissing Development Company and began three years of preparatory work leading to the selection of Hegemann and Peets in 1917 to plan a “Modern Garden Suburb” [...]

5 06, 2020

John Nolen – The Future City of Reading Pennsylvania

2020-07-05T18:16:49-04:00June 5th, 2020|People, Towns-Wards|0 Comments

John Nolen (1869–1937) was the first American to identify himself exclusively as a town and city planner. Nolen was orphaned as a child and placed in Girard College. After he graduated first in his class in 1884, he worked as a grocery clerk [...]

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