Mechanic Street

New Hope, PA…A Quick Local Rant


For those who don’t know, I live in New Hope, PA. And although it’s known for art, theater, and literature, we’ve also been fighting greedy developers for ages.

I saw this on facebook and wanted to share. Allegedly, one of our dear money-hungry developers in these trying times of real estate decided to change the name of Mechanic Street to “Canal” Street in an advertisement for condos, without asking for permission.

I need to vent! I haven’t said much lately about this subject but I just saw an ad in the Herald on Page B-10…take your time…check it out. It’s a full page ad for “New Hope’s Best Kept Secret – CANAL STREET”. For those of you who don’t live here or only visit occasionally there is no Canal Street in New Hope. This is the name …an unnamed local developer gave to his 20 condo project here on MECHANIC STREET…a nice enough street here in town with what could only be called a quirky reputation. This AD, however, at no time mentions the fact that his project is on our street and in fact says, “…step into the quaint, but vibrant surroundings of village living. The scent of wood burning fireplaces in the air (must mean from the empty canal); the chatter from al fresco diners (anyone know who this Al Fresco is?), shopkeepers watering their gardens (I’d like the name of ANY shopkeeper on Mechanic Street with a garden)…(here’s the best part though)…relax with a cappuccino from (can you guess…wait for it) STARBUCKS!!!…” It goes on but I can now guess why this place is still a secret and the “Best KEPT Secret” at that…because they just don’t want to be a part of any of this Mechanic Street Madness. The MUG ManSee More