Jenkintown Urban Mobilization Program records
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The Jenkintown Urban Mobilization Program (JUMP) was an outgrowth of a 1980 Venturi, Rauch and Scott Brown Planning Study, "A New Main Street for Jenkintown," and a 1985 "Comprehensive Plan for Jenkintown." Created as a non-profit corporation in 1985, its purpose was to establish a full-time revitalization effort for the Central Business District. JUMP was responsible for administering the Pennsylvania Main Street Manager Program in Jenkintown and a façade and architectural design program provided for through a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community Affairs.
The duties of the Main Street Manager, as described in the program application, were ambitious. They ranged from encouraging and promoting business, tackling parking and traffic problems and other routine improvements to the more daring undertaking of reorienting the main business corridor away from Old York Road.
Although JUMP credited itself for a reinvigorated downtown, the minutes, 1985-1990, covering the period during the Main Street Manager’s tenure, do not indicate substantial changes. Although some facades were improved through the financial incentive program, little else seemed to have been accomplished. JUMP last met December 19, 1990, with financial audits running for several more years.
The Jenkintown Urban Mobilization Program records, 1985-1993, consist of planning studies and administrative records of the organization. Following is an inventory of the collection:
Box 1 Venturi, Rauch and Scott Brown Planning Study, “A New Main Street for Jenkintown, 1980. Main Street Manager Program Proposal JUMP minutes, 1985-1990 Audit, 1992-1993
Box 2: Miscellaneous plans, applications Resumes of JUMP board and managers Fund Raising and Advertising Promotion Committees miscellany Jenkintown photographs (photocopies—perhaps for application) Background material including Hazleton and Shenandoah Main Street Manager applications
Box 3: Clippings Photographs (3 items)
Gift of Stephen Silverman
Summary descriptive information on this collection was compiled in 2011-2012 as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania’s Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR), using data provided by the Old York Road Historical Society. The HCI-PSAR project was funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
This is a preliminary finding aid. No physical processing, rehousing, reorganizing, or folder listing was done in the HCI-PSAR project.
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- Finding aid prepared by staff of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories using data provided by the Old York Road Historical Society.
- This preliminary finding aid was created by staff of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania’s Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR) using data provided by the Old York Road Historical Society. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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