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  •  I'm from Coatesville (19+ / 0-)

    in Chester County.... and C'ville is the opposite of your description... a mill town...Lukens Steel was there... and when I grew up in the fifties and sixties not bad.  The mill closed and now it is Hell.  Yep.  Was there in November... Hell surrounded by a bucolic paradise.  Nothing ever done... nothing will be done... and it is Hell because the mind set of guys like the one you describe won...  Almost everyone I know a bit younger than me is in jail, heading back to jail or dead with their children in jail or heading back to jail...

    Still... there it is... no peaceful neighborhoods there and this note is to say it exists.

    •  worse now (8+ / 0-)

      In 2000, the median income for a household in the city was $29,912, and the median income for a family was $36,375. Males had a median income of $31,782 versus $24,774 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,079. About 18.3% of families and 22.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.9% of those under age 18 and 15.9% of those age 65 or over.

    •  My father is from Coatesville (7+ / 0-)

      My grandfather worked at Lukens Steel back in the day.

      If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

      by Major Kong on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 04:18:49 AM PDT

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    •  Our first house was in Coatesville but that was 25 (5+ / 0-)

      years ago. It hasn't improved.

      As for CC as a whole it's very Republican and not likely to change anytime soon.

      •  Changing slowly. (3+ / 0-)
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        BachFan, wharfrat, caryltoo

        We have to just keep plugging away.  But nothing gets rich Republicans up in arms like the thought that somewhere someone is getting a benefit that they do not get.  They are 100% for the multiple benefits that they are bestowed with but can't cotton to the idea that maybe someone out there is getting something they don't get.

        "You have attributed conditions to villainy that simply result from stupidity"

        by newfie on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 12:52:24 PM PDT

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    •  Unfortunatley (0+ / 0-)

      many clients from C'ville.

    •  Coatesville? (0+ / 0-)

      I was born there in 1948.   My mother was born there in 1925.   My maternal grandmother was born in Coatesville in 1905.  After my birth, we moved to the suburbs - Honey Brook.  (That's sarcasm, folks.)

      Since the Brandywine flows through town, perhaps you can tie it into the Rings.

      I am so glad I am no longer there.  It faced all the problems of a one-industry town, or, rather, a one-company town.

      I can remember in 1956 or 1957 tagging along with my grandfather as his employees plastered the walls of the new credit union building at Lukens.  I remember the old mansion that was City Hall.  (My grandfather was city assessor.)

      Coatesville was important in World War II because of Lukens, which made the steel plate that clad the exterior of so many naval ships.  Someone should figure out how to save it.

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