Real-life Monopoly. Analysis of county data shows developers have been quietly buying up blocks of the Borough at a time. How this consolidation could change the look of downtown. Plus, Restaurant Health Inspection reports and happy news! Jess from Two Birds Cafe shares what it feels like to be among the best-loved in the nation, our friend Oliver gets a kidney, and some amazing events to get excited about. Who’s ready? Let’s catch up.
Perhaps you’ve noticed - double parking downtown has become a bit of a problem. This week the Borough’s plan for discouraging the practice and what's the big picture vision for downtown? Plus, Uptown’s new play, a West Chester teen goes missing again and where to watch the Eagles game. Who's ready? Let's catch up.
This week we catch up with John O’Brien, BID Executive Director. I pose all your burning downtown questions like, what new businesses are opening? How do we attract a diversity of retailers? And can we keep the Christmas lights? He answers them all. Plus, a new Asian-inspired bakery opens on Gay Street and Borough fee increases - if you park in a lot they may affect you. Who’s ready? Let’s catch up.
It's been a rough start to 2023 for the Borough. First, it learned its long-time Parking Director has been stealing - for potentially decades. Then it lost its legal battle against West Chester University over who pays the Stream Protection fee. Don't worry, you still do. And there was a prostitution bust on Church Street. When it rains, it pours. But I have the deets on the new Caribbean restaurant. Who's ready? Let's catch up.
Happy 2023! Everyone excited to see what the New Year will bring? I know I am! This week we take a moment to think deeply about the Borough's proposal to add eight wrought iron gates to Gay Street. The initial rendering didn't look so bad, but is this really a good idea? Some residents think, no. Plus, four new retail and restaurant openings will make you want to leave the house. Ten(!) failed restaurant inspection reports will make you reconsider. Who's ready? Let's catch up!
2022 was an interesting year. Not quite dominated by the pandemic, not entirely behind us either. Marked by high inflation and financial stresses for many, West Chester noted several significant changes in its own right and appears to be on the cusp of many others. Here are 26 goodbyes from the year. Did you catch them all?