This was Tracy and Otis, back in 2012, when the Narberth bridge was closed for repairs. At that time, Narbs and Nearbs from all the surrounding neighborhoods came together to support our downtown businesses.
Until the upcoming inspection, we won't know if the current bridge closure is temporary, or whether the span needs to stay closed to cars until the new bridge is finished. What we do know for sure is that some of our local shops have already started feeling the pain.
The business community, the Borough Council, and the Borough office have started discussions about a joint response to the current closure, and to the inevitable year+ closure when the bridge is replaced. With downtown construction projects on the horizon as well, we want to be prepared to meet these challenges head on. Our goal is to make the process as painless for everyone as possible as we all navigate the streets and park our cars.
It won't be perfect, but together, as a community, we can get through this. Please look out for future messages about our plans, and for opportunities to be part of the solution. In the meantime, please start now, by making that extra effort to support your favorite shops and restaurants.
Stop at Le Petit Mitron tomorrow morning for a croissant, or get coffee at your own favorite spot. We're lucky to have some great choices, so let's keep it that way. And come out tomorrow night for First Friday. Tell your neighbors. Grab your friends. Wait for a table. Spring for a round. Buy someone a gift. And let's give our favorite downtown a little extra love.
News compiled by Ed Ridgway, NBA president, and marketing consultant at Main Line PR