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Learning from Lewisburg
9. Out to the highway
22 Walk three blocks further to the intersection of Market St. (PA 45) and Derr Drive (US 15):
  US 15 has bypassed the downtown and pulled business westward. This is probably the third time business has been pulled away from the river-side heart of town. First, Third St, connected south and north to River Road and drew development west in 1840, Second, the railroad drew commerce to Fifth St. in the1880s. And then in the 1950s development focused on the new highway frontage. Now a fourth bypass, an interstate-quality link up the valley, is under construction on the far side of the river. Time will tell how much business will be lost to Montandon.
  The river/river road corridor at Lewisburg has been by-passed three times so far (see light-to-dark arrow colors), and another bypassing is being planned even now, an interstate-grade highway across the river.
  This is the high traffic intersection in town. Accessibility to potential customers dictates the success of highway businesses — but the area this corner doesn't seem to be very accessible ... businesses come and go here. Further north, the highway landscape is in the very familiar style — Walmart, car lots, Day's Inn.
  Classic strip commerce located north along Rt. 15.
   At the far northern edge of Lewisburg, Country Cupboard is a "Disneyland" restaurant (according to the Philadelphia Inquirer) catering to old folks from all over the Northeast.
  Note how Rt. 45 changes orientation after it crosses Rt. 15 heading west into the Linn town area. The town map shows that this spot is the edge of Derr's original grid, and how this disjunction affects the planning of the grid as settlement extended toward the west. West and south of this spot — beyond the reach of a walking tour — is active suburban development. East Buffalo Township, which begins in the middle of US 15, is by-far the wealthiest municipality for fifty miles in every direction.
  To the south-west of town, suburban architecture mimics the scale & grace of a 1940's public elementary school
  Consumption of farmland into low-density / high income housing continues at a vigorous pace.

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