Welcome to PA Main Streets!

Finally, the public debut has arrived.  I’ve been working on this site since last fall.  However, I haven’t shared it with a wider audience until now because I have a family, full time job, and admittedly, I’m a little obsessive about details.  At least I can admit it, right?

So more importantly, why did I start a website about Pennsylvania’s architectural hertiage?  There are many reasons.  The first being that I frequently travel throughout Pennsylvania, both professionally and personally, and find the architecture in the Commonwealth’s downtowns incredibly fascinating.  Secondly, I lament the fact that our  modern society has difficulty producing buildings that are nearly as beautiful, authentic or meaningful as buildings built before World War 2.  Finally, many historically significant buildings are torn down each year.  I choose not to dwell on the fact this website may eventually become an archive of buildings that no longer exist.

That said, there is a rennaisance of sorts taking place along Main Streets throughout Pennsylvania and the USA, as reality demonstrates reacativated and revitalized downtowns provide a more sustainable living arrangement than developments of dubious financial, ecological and/or social character that saturated the urban hinterlands over the past few decades.  The form, function and scale of buildings and neighborhoods transcend time.  We may have lost our way for a bit, but nowadays some of the most desireable and cherished neighborhoods are historic or built upon enduring architectural and planning principles.

I typically post about two or three places per month.  I do more traveling in the summer, less in the winter, so the posts reflect that.  This is not a commercial enterprise, and I take all the pictures myself (i.e. I don’t just cut and paste from other websites).  Years down the road, I intend to have a gallery of hundreds of communities.  That will take time (I’m on pace for about 50 this year), but I figure my efforts will only improve by sharing them with you.  If you find the site interesting, please subscribe, and let me know if you have comments or questions.  Enjoy!

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