Lansdale Borough was admitted to the 2011 Class of “Classic Towns of Greater Philadelphia” by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission at a luncheon on Wednesday in Manayunk. Lansdale shared the spotlight with Bordentown, NJ and Kennett Square. Congrats!
Here is a list of some other towns who have been awarded this distinction: Ardmore, Bristol, Collingswood, N.J., Germantown, Glassboro, N.J., Haddon Heights, N.J., Lansdowne, Manayunk, Media, Merchantville, N.J., Moorestown, N.J., New Hope, Overbrook Farms, Phoenixville; Wayne, Souderton-Telford, Ambler and West Chester.
Here is a list of what makes up a classic town: a commercial main street, a mix of housing close to the main street, a Main Streets programs or a downtown development district contributing to economic development, plus demographic diversity, sidewalks and transit access ease.
There are opportunities that go along with this distinction such as local and regional branding assistance and being on a list with communities like New Hope, Ambler, Manayunk and Wayne, for starters. You are known by the company you keep!
The Montgomery County Planning Commission recommended Lansdale to Classic Towns, according to Lansdale Borough Manager Timothea Kirchner (a former Pottstown Borough staffer).