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Ridley Park claims ‘Classic Towns’ nomination

Council President Bob Berger had some exciting news to impart at a recent meeting.

“Ridley Park has been nominated as a Classic Town by the Delaware County Planning Department,” Berger told the audience in the council chamber. “It is a prestigious honor. It is not something for which we can nominate ourselves.”

The program is sponsored by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission. Berger said the county planning commission is “blown away” by the borough’s charm and what it has to offer. He said other towns in the running include Doylestown in Bucks County and Media. The Classic Towns program noted that the borough has had success in preserving a sense of history, neighborliness and main street charm

Berger explained that the county planning department has been working with the borough to draft a comprehensive plan.

“And they saw what we have to offer,” Berger said. “We’ll see where this goes.”

The council president noted the Philadelphia Film Office has recognized the borough as a prime location for filming movies. He pointed out that parts of the recent Academy Award nominated film “Silver Linings Playbook” were shot in the borough.

Article by DelCoTimes correspondent Barbara Ormsby - Photo by RidleyParkOnline.Com

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Comment by Linda Shockley on April 7, 2013 at 10:14pm

As  follow-up to my comment: anyone who wants to see what I'm talking about, just has to walk up Crum Lynne Ave from the West Ridley end.  Look at the houses on both sides but especially on the right side as you're walking from West Ridley, up to around Belair. Some really dilapidated houses.

Comment by Linda Shockley on April 7, 2013 at 10:10pm

Parker Maven,

I couldn't agree more. All anyone has to do is take a long walk around our town.  See all the houses that need a good coat of paint, see all the side walks that a person could break his/her neck if not careful. See the unkempt yards. Things have been going downhill.  People need to take better care of their houses.

Comment by Parker Maven on April 6, 2013 at 10:28am

Agreed, we are a great community, but holding on for dear life to values that made RP such a Classic Town.  One of those values is PRIDE OF OWNERSHIP & PRIDE OF COMMUNITY.  Our town is crying for attention.  Does anyone hear it besides me?  Litter, dog waste, homes in disrepair, properties overgrown, graffiti, transients and weirdo's walking our streets....HELLO does anyone see the downward spiral of our town???  We property and business owners are all invested here, where's the accountability??  Are we like our federal government, who claim to be Land of the Free but yet try to squash every liberty our forefathers fought for breaking the backs of doers to make up for the dregs to be politically correct?  When are we going to start holding EVERYONE responsible for their actions....WAKE UP RIDLEY PARK RESIDENTS, POLITICIANS AND BUSINESS OWNERS...LET'S GET BUSY WITH THE CLEAN UP OF OUR TOWN FROM THE INSIDE OUT.

Comment by Jml on March 27, 2013 at 2:18pm

One more reason to keep the shopping area vital!  Did you see all those out for the Egg Hunt?  We are a great community!

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