Bala Cynwyd is the oldest commercial district on the Main Line and borders the city of Philadelphia. The original center of Bala Cynwyd straddles the bridge over the old Pennsylvania Railroad tracks, originally belonging to the Columbia Railroad and now part of the SEPTA Cynwyd Line, along Montgomery Avenue at Bala Avenue. This district was settled shortly after William Penn's landing in Pennsylvania in 1682 and contains the village's oldest commercial buildings, some dating to the earliest years of the 19th century. Bala Avenue itself is an extension of this original town center and comprises a specialized commercial district of its own more than a century old.
It is known for its clothing stores (children's, women's and consignment).The Bala Theater and a number of small restaurants. The remainder of Bala Cynwyd's original commercial district extends south along Montgomery Avenue as part of the Bala Cynwyd-Merion Commercial District It is lined with deli's and popular restaurants.
The Bala Cynwyd Shopping Center, completed in 1957, lies a half mile to the south of the village center and borders Philadelphia on City Avenue which have stores such as Lord & Taylor, Acme Markets, Restaurants and much more. Saks Fifth Avenue is about a half mile east.
Behind the shopping center on away from busy City Avenue are many Exclusive Condominiums that are walking distance to the shopping and train that goes to the city.
It is a thriving family community with popular neighborhoods in which to live.
The village is home to many diverse religious places of worship.
In 1952, WCAU-TV, channel 10 built its headquarters in Bala Cynwyd. Since then, Bala Cynwyd has become identified with the home of the Philadelphia region's major media stations. WCAU was owned by CBS from 1958 until September 1995, when it was traded to its current owner, NBC. In addition to channel 10, three rivals, WPVI-TV, owned by ABC is found directly across City Avenue.
The Neighborhood Club of Bala Cynwyd works to preserve the residential character of the neighborhood and promotes civic welfare and community spirit.
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