The Row House

The years after World War II saw an influx of
young couples to the suburban areas outside of
Philadelphia. Having survived the Great Depression
and a World War, these young people were ready
to begin a new life. The suburbs promised  modern
housing, good schools and a safe place to raise
children. Builders responded to these desires by
filling in the inner-ring suburbs with tract housing
and the most prominent developer in Darby was
Warner-West and their famous rowhouse.
Lansdowne Park and Lansdowne Park Gardens
(the rowhomes off of Springfield Road) were a
popular choice for young families. Remember the
family you "shared steps" with? Many of us
considered our same step neighbors as extensions
of our own families.

Living in the Park allowed kids to walk to school,
play Little League Baseball and spend long, lazy
days at Darby Swim Club. And all that without
once having to ask "for a ride". Sure, the houses
were small but nobody seemed to notice, since the
average rowhouse family included at least three
kids and many boasted four, five and even more.
How did our parents find any privacy to make
that happen?
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