I was wondering if anyone had any information on the history of East Oak Lane. Being bordered by the typical Philadelphia row house neighborhoods of Olney and West Oak Lane (and Cheltenham at the Montgomery County line of Cheltenham Avenue), it seems so aberrant. It contains many large single houses and the entire old line suburban ambience makes me wonder if it antedated its incorporation into the city (at some time in the past) as an independent entity, incorporated or otherwise. Was it always part of Philadelphia County? I’ve always wondered about this.
Noam Chomsky, the controversial political philosopher, and Hugh Panaro, the Broadway actor/singer, were raised in this neighborhood.