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What Would You Improve in Moorestown in 2013?

If you could make a New Year's resolution for Moorestown, what would it be?

More than 45 percent of Americans make a resolution every year, according to statisticbrain.com. Some people vow to live a healthier lifestyle, others promise to spend more time with family, and many say they will try to save money.

As millions of Americans make resolutions to improve their lives, what could we do right here in Moorestown to make it an even better place to live?

Would you focus on business development? Do you want any changes to township parks? New rec programs for kids? Something else?

Tell us in the comment section below what's on your Moorestown wish list for 2013.

Concerned citizen January 02, 2013 at 02:50 PM
Make planning and zoning for user-friendly to encourage businesses to come to Moorestown. It's an expensive process and the message that goes out is that "there's a good chance this won't be approved". Faced with thousands of dollars in costs, mountains of paperwork and a not encouraging attitude, is it any wonder we have trouble bringing businesses to town?
Bill January 02, 2013 at 04:47 PM
Get the township to go after people that treat their yards like a private junkyard. People complain about developers with convenants. Try living next to Sanford & Sons wannabe for years and then see how you feel. And yes, the township does have codes on the books to go after people. How about enforcing them ?
I heart Mo-town January 02, 2013 at 06:55 PM
Maybe Moorestown could finally recognize that Lenola, IS, in fact, part of the township and treat it as such. Where are our new Christmas decorations? (they were supposed to go down Camden Ave; Camden Ave DOES go as far west as Lenola! Where are any improvements in our end of town? We got a McDonalds make-over and that was the end of it - REALLY?
Bill January 02, 2013 at 07:41 PM
They did knock down the house near the 7-11. Now it's a big mud pit with a firewood pile. I guess that's an improvement.
Bill January 02, 2013 at 07:46 PM
Then again, half the people in Lenola don't seem to give a damn what the place looks like. Why should the township? And yes, I've lived there for almost 20 years. If it wasn't for the schools I might as well have moved to Maple Shade.
I heart Mo-town January 02, 2013 at 08:18 PM
I've lived here (nearly) my whole life - 30 out of 50 or so years. Lenola has always been treated as the red-headed step child. Moorestown proper would have pawned us off to Maple Shade years ago if they could! Knocking down that house WAS an improvement - my issue is they seemed to have stopped. Knock down a house or two - clean up McDonalds and done? Maple Shade looks GREAT compared to Lenola -- we are in shambles -- I guess Mo-town proper thinks no one will notice?? If Moorestown wants to keep it's image up - it should make the whole town look uniform. It wouldn't take much to spruce us up --- a few trees - a couple of those brick walkways across Camden Ave - some new light poles would go a long way. And force the few businesses along Camden Ave clean up their act -- those building have gone from 'old and charming' to simply 'old'. They'd never be allowed to fall apart like that on Main Street -- all for one and one for all. The strip between Moorestown Audot Body and the pizza place is horrible. It goes both ways - if we want Moorestown to take care of us -- we need to take of us too and the business owners should clean up their act a bit. How about something besides the 1940's swinging screen door on the fronts of some of these places. It doesn't look quaint - it looks like a ghetto. imho !
Test of time January 02, 2013 at 08:42 PM
Are you talking about the democrats failed dream or fantasy of the "Lenola Town Center" or "visionary" plans and rezoned everything for high density housing and vacant stores to the area? What is it six years later and a new mcd's?
Rob Scott (Editor) January 02, 2013 at 08:55 PM
During an interview this summer, Councilwoman-elect Victoria Napolitano, a Lenola resident, said she wanted to focus on improving the area: "I've met generations of citizens that have always lived in that part of town. I hate to see people feel like they're lesser because of where they live in Moorestown. What's good for Main Street is good for Lenola." Do you think having a Lenola resident on council will help? (Follow this link for the full story: http://patch.com/A-xp61)
Lenola Rules January 02, 2013 at 09:15 PM
Lenola needs help. You know, we had a "west Moorestown Task Force" subcommittee years ago and the past few councils including the democrats failed to bring it back. I don't know maybe someone on this new council will listen? We have people from corners of lenola and parts of west Moorestown that know and talk about the issues. Would Victoria want to be the council liaison? That is really, if council wants to bring this task force back? When that house was knocked down in 2006, our tc liaison and the other councilman took action to curb that blight. We need to fix this place up.
I heart Mo-town January 02, 2013 at 09:15 PM
I think it can't hurt to have a Lenola resident on the council, however, I'm not sure she alone can change generations of mind-set. that Lenola is less, the poor side of town and on the wrong side of the tracks. But one can hope! Take a look at our side of town and then drive down main street. Do you really think Moorestown cares about this section of town? I hope she can help bring some of that our way - but politics play hard.
nice central moore January 02, 2013 at 11:38 PM
slum lords too,should have all rental units inspected like other townships
Bill January 02, 2013 at 11:54 PM
@ncm - agree 100%. Some of the rental places are a disgrace.
Bill January 02, 2013 at 11:57 PM
Some good old fashioned elbow grease (from businesses and home owners) would go long way to mkae Lenola a nicer place.
Lenola Rules January 03, 2013 at 12:42 AM
Moore- the apts in Lenola are really an eyesore! It appears that most of the landlords are also part of the problem of not fixing their places up too. Test- that "visioning" idea the democrats had in 2007 was an attempt to help Lenola. But it seems "they" got too visionary. And right only the mcd's is only thing new since that legislation and rezoning occurred. But mcd's had been wanting to rebuild before that happened. We need to get better grounded and realistic before we go in dreamland again. Lets start with "the elbow grease" and enforcing the rules with apts and other "violators", fix up the sidewalks, get better signage (some are an eyesore) perhaps smaller, etc. I'm sure more could be discussed especially if a west Moorestown task force is "back in force." Be interesting to see what happens.
Accountability January 03, 2013 at 11:59 AM
How do all of you folks plan to pay for this Lenola investment? In case you haven't noticed, this town has a new business model for investment. Let me give you a few examples...Fullerton Playground...Swedes Run barn...percheron park....turf fields....it's all about private donations. There is no money in the budget for any kind of investment so you had better start the bake sales now. the two council members remaining are very clear on their position about private funding...let's see what the new three say.
nice central moore January 03, 2013 at 01:39 PM
And the SLUMLORDS and THE TWP let them pile junk in there yards and pile junk in there driveways so then they park there cars on there front yard,there are a couple on third street that have junk cars and then they park on the sidewalk and halfway in the street and it is hard to drive through,these landlords need to manage there property and tenants
Air it out January 03, 2013 at 02:47 PM
Look, we have to make homeowners and landlords responsible. No cars, campers, trailers should be parked on the front lawn, parked half way out into the street, have 5000 golf balls for sale in the front yard. There need to be some responsibility to clean this up otherwise the township needs to toss some citations at them owners. Hopefully fellow residents, town council, and some task force Lenola guy was talking about get it together this year!
Bill January 03, 2013 at 02:54 PM
I wouldn't invest a penny (of tax money) until the residents and business owners show it's worth it. It cost you nothing (as an owner) to pick weeds, trim bushes, sweep sidewalks, and pick up garbage. There are many businesses in the Lenola district that not only look like crap, but aren't conforming to the rules in the code book for how their properties are supposed to be maintained. Example: The grass sections (or dirt I should say) in front of the 7-11 are supposed to have planters in them, just like McDonalds does. Other than McDonald’s, that intersection is a mess. For residents that have neighbors with multiple junk vehicles. Parking on the grass is illegal. Cars without proper registration should get towed. Call everyday & email the zoning enforcement officer. Trust me, it works. Sometimes being a PIA is the only way to get things done.
Air it out January 03, 2013 at 03:30 PM
Who are the democrat and republican committee people in the Lenola area? Have they spoken out lately? If so great but where is the action? If not, it's time too? Btw- what happened to that west Moorestown task force? The last time we saw Lenola folks outraged was when they spoke out against that Lenola plan a few years ago, for which we haven't seen anything. Lets assemble it together this year..
Really? January 05, 2013 at 02:49 PM
Is Lenola really that bad of place? Chopped wood, 5000 golf balls in front yards, no planters in front of stores, 1940 swinging doors, utility lines overhead everywhere, poor upkeep with most of the apartments, bad sidewalks, post box on sidewalk, hand me downs Christmas decorations, etc. Didn't Lenola recently have a councilman from Lenola? Was anything done other then that Lenola "visionary" plan that appears to have gone nowhere? What could "committee people" do to help? What can be done to " clean it up". And use "elbow grease".? Let's begin a real discussion of a low cost measure to help our neighborhoods out. Thoughts?

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