East Oak Lane remains out of the way, and totally underrated on the whole. Will it ever be trendy again? It was trendy when it was newer I imagine.
There's just this overwhelming feeling of malaise in that area when I visit it, despite many properties still being in great condition.
I am sure this has been dealt with in some old thread...time to revisit this (non?) issue.
I assert the lack of a central train stop on SEPTA is a big factor limiting the neighborhood, and the Fern Rock station being just a bit too far south to be within a walking distance for many. And didn't Melrose Park train station close? That was where EOL people seemed to travel from on SEPTA.
Just amazes me that EOL and even the blocks of Olney above Fisher Park could remain so off the radar of people seeking places away from Center City, but still in Philly. It remains viable for families/middle class - but it's just an amazingly ignored neighborhood on many levels.