Since its founding in 1752, Easton has seen surges and setbacks; spurts of growth and years of decline. Easton’s had more ups and downs than a Macy’s elevator at Christmas. Born at a time when nationalism and independence were taking root, Easton was involved in the American Revolution. With the advantage of geography at the confluence of two navigable rivers, Easton was front and center during the industrial revolution. Because of its proximity to both Philadelphia and New York City, it flourished in the 1920s with raucous nightlife and many speakeasies.
We first came to Easton during one of its “slow spells”. What we found were Eastonians who saw the potential of this city and who chose to volunteer and serve on committees, authorities, boards, organizations, and commissions. All in an effort to influence a bright and vibrant future for Easton. One of the collective goals was to preserve and re-purpose the old Simon Silk Mill. It took years of effort, planning, patience and innovation to get the project going. And this week, we returned to Easton and saw the finished product. WOW!!! This is a $100 million redevelopment project that incorporates apartments, artists’ studios and galleries, cafes, pubs, and boutiques. Let me show you how this turned out!
Next, we’ll take a walk along the Karl Stirner Arts Tail.