West Chester Weekly News Roundup

West Chester explores a new electricity purchasing strategy that could put us on a path to meeting our renewable energy goals and save us some money – if – we can get some help from our friends. Plus, West Chester PD wants to catalogue all the security camera’s in the borough, what to get for Father’s Day and Square Bar is back! Grab yourself a cheap pint and let’s get started.

West Chester Weekly News Roundup

Big news coming out of the east end of town. Sounds like residents there will be getting an extremely wealthy new neighbor, hopefully one that can pay high six-figures in taxes. Plus, approvals came through on the Gay Street closure, West Chester is facing a firefighter crisis, and a big meeting on the railroad expected next week. Summer is here. Grab yourself something cold and let’s catch up.

Growing (Veggies) Together: West Chester’s New Community Gardens

As one side of the Melton Center’s E. Miner Street property is being cemented over, the other is being dug into garden plots. Two halves tackling a couple of rather lofty Borough goals: affordable housing and food insecurity. While every row home that sells over asking price serves as a reminder of the need for affordable housing, one might not think putting food on the table would be a problem in the wealthiest county in Pennsylvania, but you’d be wrong.

West Chester’s Sustainable Storefronts Keep the Plastic Ban Moving Forward

It’s been a strange year for Mother Earth. Carbon emissions dropped then returned. Oil prices plummeted. Creating new plastic became cheaper, while recycling got harder. So, now on the verge of another Earth Day, I was curious where this upheaval left West Chester’s plan to ban single-use plastic waste in the borough. Turns out, in the middle of a lawsuit and at the mercy of the business district.

West Chester Wants You to Shrink Your Carbon Footprint

Last month the West Chester Area Council of Governments launched its West Chester Area Clean Energy Future campaign. The campaign is made up of four community engagement modules designed to walk constituents through lessening, then greening their energy consumption. Think of this as the first step toward shrinking the town’s energy use – one resident at a time.