If you can’t guess and you haven’t noticed, take a look at the street signs. You will see Historic Avenues street signs at every intersection on Pennsylvania Avenue from Roosevelt Avenue west to Carlisle Road! The Pennsylvania Avenue signs join the Carlisle and Roosevelt Avenue signs installed in 2011 to delineate the unofficial borders of the historic Avenues Neighborhood. It is the hope of the Neighborhood Association to one day have Historic Avenues street signs on every street in the neighborhood. The signs will be purchased with money raised by the Neighborhood Association or with individual donations. The 2013 signs for Pennsylvania Avenue were purchased with proceeds from the Avenues Home Tour held in October 2012. Pennsylvania Avenue was chosen as the place for the latest signs based on the high volume of traffic on that street. The Avenues Association is grateful to the City of York Department of Public Works, which installed the Pennsylvania Avenue signs.
The signs were designed by Elizabeth Hodgson and some other members of the Avenues Neighborhood Association about two years ago after the Association applied for and received a $1500 Neighborhood Pride Mini Grant from the Resources for Urban Neighborhoods (RUN) Program to purchase the signs for Roosevelt and Carlisle Avenue. The RUN program was a two year pilot program funded through a generous grant from the York County Community Foundation (YCCF) and Women’s Giving Circle of the YCCF. RUN awarded Neighborhood Pride mini grants to a number of neighborhood association projects in York City in 2011.
The Avenues grant funds were matched with in-kind funding from the City of York, which acted as the fiscal agent for the grant and the City of York Public Works Department which installed the signs.
The group of neighborhood volunteers who collaborated on the 2011 grant application included Mary Anne and Charlie Bacas, Henry Boulding, Betsy Buckingham, Elizabeth Hodgson, Marta Peck and Kevin Titzell.