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  • What’s moving in over at the shopping center?
  • That store has been closed a long time!
  • Did you hear about that new pizza shop that opened?

As we all drive around we notice the new businesses coming in and the stores that have closed.  And when we are hanging with friends the “hey did ya hear what’s opening over in…” eventually will be a part of the conversation.

So in short, that’s what 42Freeway.com is about.

A more technical definition would be “a regional commerce website”

There are other similar sites around the country and I know of 2 in Philadelphia.  Primarily short posts and photos about changes and new things in the area focused on real estate and businesses.

What makes this website (blog) unique, is its the first that I know of to focus on the Route 42 corridor as one connected region.

There is a reason major highways are called “arteries”; because one roadway can connect multiple towns making them both efficient ways to reach each other, but also making them dependent on the successes and failures of each other. While there are different governments, tax structures, and commercial districts… Route 42 connects several major South Jersey towns.  No matter how well things are going in Washington or Gloucester Townships, they are absolutely connected and impacted by the road construction or landfill development in Bellmawr.

For the start of the site, I am focusing on the following towns:

  • Bellmawr
  • Deptford Township
  • Gloucester Township
  • Washington Township
  • Monroe Township (Williamstown)
  • Winslow Township (Sickerlville)

And here are the planned content types.

  • Photo Posts – Very short posts about a business/retail changes or interesting facts.
  • Blog Posts – Featured longer blog posts with more in-depth content.  Also targeting interviews with key people in the region.
  • Forums – User generated content from the forums.  Users are free to discuss Business and Retail, and the suggestions may turn into blog posts.
  • Events – Under the “pro commerce” umbrella, at times I will highlight interesting events  that could lead to a larger positive impact for the towns, such as free concerts or wine tasting events.

No Sports.  No politics   Right off the bat, take away the two most debated online /radio topics.   No Sports.  No politics.   (Well, politics where its related to a commerce change).  If you want to complain about Ruben Amaro’s direction for the Phillies, or you think your mayor is a no-show leader… well maybe I care a little but this isn’t the place for it!

Lastly, who am I?

I am Mark Matthews, previously a resident of Bellmawr for most of my life, and recently (2014) we moved to Deptford NJ.   I was a community blogger for several years writing about the towns surrounding Bellmawr, with a strong focus on the Bellmawr Landfill (most of the information about the landfill that made it to the public came from me).  I’ve blogged for the Courier Post, Bellmawr Blogger, and most recently Cleary’s Notebook.

I’ve jumped around a little, but 42Freeway.com is the first time I’ve had a consistent theme.  It’s a subject matter I truly enjoy and with the move to Deptford… it all just clicked “hmmm this could be a pretty good idea”.

So please check us out regularly, and “Like” our Facebook page where much of the content will also be posted.

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2 Responses to About

  1. William S Boldizar says:

    Mark, I really like what you have done here. it creates a sense of community. I just thought to share that we are in the process of opening a Farmers Insurance Agency in the Blackwood Plaza. We chose the location primarily because of the Premium Outlets and the Plaza remodel. Thank you for all that you do.
    Bill

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