It’s Residential Parking Permit time - or Shark Week as it’s known in the Borough of West Chester. I talk with the new parking director on a series of program changes she has in mind - some are bound to be hugely popular, others not so much so.
Each year more and more Borough streets are being left to run wild. And I love it. Not only is it a gorgeous distraction from broken sidewalks and crumbling roadways, but native wildflowers also offer the benefit of hearty blooms and create habitat for the pollinators that keep the whole system going.
Over the last few weeks, it seems West Chester Public Works Department has been called into action almost as often as area first responders. They have been busy investigating a series of leaks threatening Borough water systems.
After months of canceled meetings, I was beginning to wonder if the West Chester Rail Restoration Service Committee was still a thing. Then I got an email inviting me to experience the proposed electric commuter concept firsthand.
About a decade ago, Habitat for Humanity handed over the keys to the last family moving into their new Habitat-built home on Bernard Street and left the Borough. Since that final wave goodbye, a small parcel of land has sat vacant on Poplar Street. That is until Rev. Dayna Spence had the seed of an idea.
After weeks of “by right” presentations by builders that all but guarantee the construction of 500 new apartment units over the next two years, West Chester Borough Council moved this week on two ordinances that, intentionally or not, return some autonomy to the homeowner.