The Ripple Effect

 
 

Statistics are simply a ripple effect of many choices and events that have numerical markers — typically pointing to either negative or positive outcomes or odds.

In the case of Chester, it’s our job to look at the statistics and determine how to create a reverse ripple effect.

And then start throwing stones in the water.

Please join us.

 
 

What are the economics of Chester, PA?

 
 

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.


However, the post-WWII economy had a negative impact on Chester as it did on many industry-based cities at the time.  By the mid-1950s, Chester began to experience economic difficulties as manufacturing and other industries moved out of the city. As a result, employment declined into the 1960s, as many people migrated out of Chester to surrounding towns and suburbs.

Thankfully since 1996, Chester has received 1.36 billion dollars in public and private investment. With these funds, the city has restored its parks system, improved and expanded housing, attracted new business, generated thousands of     job opportunities, and invested funds into future development projects. Today Chester is the site of five nationally registered historic places:

  • 1724 Chester Courthouse

  • Chester Waterside Station of the Philadelphia Electric Company

  • Delaware County National Bank

  • Old Main and Chemistry Building

  • Second Street Bridge

  • William Penn Landing Site

But there’s still more to be done. Come join us!

 

33%

Live in poverty

38%

home ownership

 

33,000

PEople

6

Miles

 
 
 

We must move forward together.