Okay, time for a little chest beating...
The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (disclosure notice: I serve on DVRPC's Regional Citizens Committee) recently issued a study called "Finding Your Place: Communities of Southeastern Pennsylvania", West Chester (where I live) ranked among the best areas to live in the region, which puts in the same level as Manayunk, Northern Liberties, Villanova, and East Falls. The Daily Local News ran an article boasting the great news.
West Chester scored 12 (out of a possible 14 points), joining the company of Manayunk, Northern Liberties, University City and Villanova in that rank.
"I read the report, and all I can say is, ‘Of course,’" said West Chester Borough Council President Bill Scott. "We already knew this.
"It’s very gratifying to find that what we have been saying is not just puffery," Scott continued, "but that somebody who actually studies these things has reported that we’re the best place to be."
West Chester’s missing two points represented its lack of rail access and a substantial population of 28- to 34-year-old residents, shortcomings which Scott acknowledged.
"One thing we need is this train coming in," Scott said, describing the borough’s lobbying for SEPTA to extend its Philadelphia-bound R3 from Media to West Chester. Daily Local News
Think SEPTA's paying attention to that little snippet? I doubt it...