Current and Former Main Liners Weigh In Opinions

The term Main Line means “I don’t live in Philadelphia,” and other fun quotes.

Growing up on the Main Line made me confident and tenacious, because I was surrounded with so many positive role models. I don’t ever remember a time when I didn’t think the sky was the limit, as far as what I could achieve in life. I attribute a lot of my success to growing up in an environment that challenged me to live up to my potential.” —Amanda Lamb, author and crime reporter for WRAL-TV, Raleigh, N.C.

Being from Chester Springs (not on the Main Line) but having gone to Episcopal Academy, I can safely say that the “Social Main Line” is from Narberth to Devon … maybe Paoli (but not really). If you’re a Main Liner, it’s wherever you are. If you’re not, you’re always looking for it. —Scott Huston, executive director, Stewart Huston Charitable Trust

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Living on the Main Line means having the privilege of being in a progressive, sophisticated, beautiful community. —Dr. Paula Durlofsky, Bryn Mawr-based psychologist and author of MLT’s Thinking Forward blog

I believe the Main Line begins in Manayunk, even though it’s technically Philadelphia. Once I get on the other side of Kelly Drive, I feel like I’m on the Main Line. For me, it ends way out in Kennett Square. —Dallyn Pavey,
Dish Public Relations, West Conshohocken

The term “Main Line” means, “I don’t live in Philadelphia.” —Lee R. Allman, attorney, Media

Really, it’s a state of mind. If you need to be a Main Liner to impress yourself or others, then be one.
—Paul Jablow, writer and consultant, Bryn Mawr

I moved here from Charlotte, N.C., during the summer of 2008. It took me awhile to figure out what remotely constituted the Main Line. After all, if you were to pick up our area and lay it over the Charlotte area, Bryn Mawr would be part of Philadelphia. If people ask me where I live and I say Bryn Mawr, most respond with, “Oh, you live on Main Line Philadelphia.” There’s an implied status and historical element. I think it’s fascinating to think about how this area grew with the trains, the subsequent development, the old, beautiful homes, and (close to my heart) the schools that were built to support the growth. —Anne Converse Willkomm, director of Rosemont College’s graduate publishing programs


Our Best of the Main Line Elimination Ballot is open through February 22!