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Why is Skippack Special?

July 29, 2010 6 comments

As corporate America and economies of scale rob the landscape in suburbia of flavor, one stalwart town outside Philadelphia stubbornly maintains a special character; mixing quaint and earthy, leaning toward sophistication without tipping over into the dreaded upscale foo foo. This is town that I have made my home: Skippack PA.

Skippack is unique from two directions. It defies the bland acres of endless suburban development that lie to the East. At the same time, it is more diverse and better suited to the good life than the rural Pennsylvania working towns that lie further West.

Our shops and restaurants are all owned by individual entrepreneurs.  Corporate ownership is forbidden: held back at the gate as if it were a form of leprosy. There is no Gap, no Best Buy, no Super Walmart, no Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks. Our main street has authenticity as well as charm.

This is the type of place where one gets to know people. In the two years I have lived here, I have gotten to know shop owners, restaurant owners, bartenders, local politicians, housing developers, musicians and more. Meanwhile, current harsh economic circumstances are a looming threat over the town.

What makes Skippack special? Can the town survive, even grow and still retain its special character? Please come back to visit this blog and take time to get to know a unique place and the people who make it special. I hope you will love Skippack as much as I do.

Main street Skippack

A view of main street in Skippack on a midsummer evening

Mummers during July 4th parade

Mummers entertain at the July 4th parade 2010 in Skippack.

Author standing in front of car at Skippack Classic Car Show

Author of this blog entry standing in front of a car at the Skippack Classic Car Show.

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