If we look back over the history of Chester, PA, we can agree that an interruption has occurred and the need to re-establish the city is pressing.
For backstory, Chester was founded in 1644 by the Swedish as “Upland”, and the name was changed to Chester in 1682. It was incorporated on October 31, 1701 as a borough and as a city on February 14, 1866. As such, Chester is the oldest city in Pennsylvania.
In 1681, William Penn acquired the colonial settlement as a safe haven for Quakers. For the first two hundred years of its history, Chester was prosperous and wealthy manufacturing community with industries concentrating on machinery, metal manufacturing, locomotive, shipbuilding, and textiles. These strong industries, paired with the city’s proximity to the Delaware River and major railways generated jobs and fueled a steady population growth.