Right NEast/Wrong NEast: Lincoln Highway pops up out of nowhere

What in the world?

Two strange things happened Nov. 16. First, a man opened fire on three women in a car on Roosevelt Boulevard near Harbison Ave. Luckily no one was hurt.

The second strange thing happened hours later inside the Philly.com building. The breaking news desk reported the shooting took place at the “Roosevelt Boulevard and Harbison Avenue intersection, which is next to Lincoln Highway.”



Take a look at a map, and you’ll see several parts of Route 1, including the area near Harbison Avenue, are also labeled Lincoln Highway. But the official name of the road is Roosevelt Boulevard, as several commenters on Philly.com pointed out. And if you actually go to the Harbison Avenue intersection, there’s nary a Lincoln Highway sign in sight.


We reached out to the article writer, Frank Kummer, about this one, because curiosity got the best of us. He responded to our first inquiry, but did not reply when we asked for permission to run his comments online. How he made the Lincoln Highway error we’ll never really know.

Outside media don’t care about the Northeast. We have all seen them misuse, misspell and mistake our neighborhoods and our streets, so we at NEast Philly wanted to do something about it. When they get it wrong, we set it right in a segment we like to call Right NEast/Wrong NEast.

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