The town that started it all for us has continued to suffer, until recently. John Lokitis, the well-known youngest man still living there when we first visited, has been evicted and seen his home destroyed. But for the eight remaining residents, some good news emerged this year: After some legal back-and-forth, a lawsuit filed by the residents was settled this Halloween; they received a cash payout of nearly $350,000 and permission to remain in their homes for the rest of their lives.
The Huber breaker, also known as the Ashley or Blue Coal breaker, has not fared so well. A Philadelphia trucking company purchased the property in October, along with 26 acres of land. While there is not a timetable for demolition of the breaker, it seems like the only likely outcome of the purchase.
Some very positive developments in the preservation of Frick's Lock, we're happy to report. This past spring, the village was rehabilitated and tours were given through the once-forbidden town in October (a big month, it seems, for abandoned places in PA). No doubt the more thrill-seeking explorers will lament the boarding up of some truly compelling houses, but I think it's a great story of a combined public-private effort to save a piece of Pennsylvania history that, when we explored it, looked all but lost to decay. Exelon deserves credit for this one.
So what's going on with Linfield, you might be asking? Or Concrete City, or Pizza World? Stay tuned, we'll be revisiting these popular urban exploration sites soon!