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Martin Carriage Works project very good for West York: Linked in with neat York County history stuff – June 23, 2011

Developers have targeted the old Martin-Parry Corporation complex in West York, Pa., later occupied by Keystone Weaving Mills, for revitalization. That’s a project that will revitalize West York and boost its tax revenue, borough officials say. “It is very good for West York,” he said. “It is something that we need.” (Update, 2/9/14: The project did, in fact, happen.) Part of the project calls for four of the 10 vacant industrial buildings to be renovated into 80 apartment dwelling units, office space and two restaurants. The Martin in the former name of the complex, originally known as Martin Carriage Works, comes from M.D. Martin of Martin Library fame. The drawing, above, of the West York complex came from the booklet “York’s Factory Whistles.” This turn-of-the-20th-century drawing says that the company made 20,000 light vehicles and spring wagons annually. Also of interest: Did York Silk ever operate a silkmaking factory in West York? and How one spot in York County, Pa., tells much about what’s going on around there and York factory’s lines ranged from Moneybak black silk to boys pajamas and Is this a York County farm truck or is it just a wagon with a motor?.

Neat stuff from all over … .

A note about journalism: From my York Sunday News column, 6/19/11:

The York Daily Record used an apparel comparison in explaining changes in the look of the newspaper in 1973.
“And speaking of gowns, reminds us that the Record will have a new look on Monday,” an editor’s note states. “So just like the wife when she gets a new dress, we’re anxious to see how we look. See you then.”
Well, the YDR took on its present look about two years ago and doesn’t plan a dress change.
But on Wednesday, its busy flagship website, ydr.com, will change for the second time in less than a year… .

You can do that on the web, where viewers expect change.
We’re making ydr.com’s home page newsier – flagging more headlines and expanding the size and presence of photos and videos.
But the website redesign is not a new outfit.
You’ll view it as the addition of scarves, bracelets, handbags and other accessories.

Blog post of the week: York County tavern owners suffered at Rebels’ hands on Scott Mingus’ Cannonball blog.
Civil War 150 events – In Washington, D.C., a group of historians and espionage experts will introduce some of the most amazing spies and spy cases in the Civil War. The programs take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 21 (Spy Museum) , July 19 (Ford’s Theatre), and July 26 (Willard Hotel). For tickets and more details, visit www.spymuseum.org.
Forum of the day: Exchangers are discussing the 70th anniversary of Hitler’s invasion of the Soviet Union.

Extreme makeover: Have you been following this compelling makeover of a Newberry Township house, as part of the TV reality show, “Extreme Makeover?” Read more at http://www.ydr.com/extreme. For the reality show appearances by other York countians, see: Monica and the Bachelor.
All York Town Square posts from the start.