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Old 08-20-2012, 12:05 PM
 
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Anyone from the Ridley Park area? Just looking to see how the area is and if it's still a good area to raise a family? Or would a town like Springfield be better. Any help would be great.
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Old 08-20-2012, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Rock Hill
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Default More alike than different

Ridley park is nice, and it has a small, walkable "downtown" area; Springfield has no such area, just neighborhoods. Ridely Park has a great library, like Springfield (DVDs are $2 at the Springfield library -- $1 at Ridley Park). I am guessing that Springfield has more expensive (mostly brick) housing, and the yards are bigger there in general. Either is a nice place, depending on your frame of reference. Both have playgrounds of their own (for kids) and many in surrounding boroughs too. Both are close to main roads and lots of shopping.
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Old 08-20-2012, 05:05 PM
 
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Great post above. That's pretty much exactly what I would've said to a degree. Ridley Park and Springfield are two different types of areas. Springfield is a typical suburban township, whereas Ridley Park is a community built by a railroad in the days before the automobile. Ridley and Springfield school districts are very similar to each other, and both are great.
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Old 09-17-2012, 10:42 AM
 
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Old 09-17-2012, 05:50 PM
 
Location: a swanky suburb in my fancy pants
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Never lived there but frequently shopped there when I lived in Center City and I like it. It's not fancy but it seems solid and respectable and as others have said it has a there, there. Springfield started as sprawl and eventually built out and was passed over without ever achieving a sense of place.
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Old 09-23-2012, 06:02 AM
 
Location: Kennett Square, PA
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Never lived there but frequently shopped there when I lived in Center City and I like it. It's not fancy but it seems solid and respectable and as others have said it has a there, there. Springfield started as sprawl and eventually built out and was passed over without ever achieving a sense of place.
Not sure what you mean by Springfield starting as "sprawl" and never achieved a sense of place, but it's a solid town whose SD has (probably) ranked consistently higher than Ridley's. I grew up with a mix of white and blue collar neighborhoods. Springfield was a place where many former Phildadelphians moved their families to avoid the growing crime of the city in the 50's and 60's. I'll grant you that the hoffific "Golden Mile" has turned into a traffic nightmare over the last 3 decades. And while there is indeed a plethora of boring, boxy Colonial homes, there are also beautiful examples of Craftsman and Georgian architecture in the areas near and behind the high school. http://www.delcohistory.org/shs/tour_pg1.htms near and behind the high school.

I always felt that the township had a sense of pride AND place.
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Old 10-30-2017, 10:40 PM
 
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Do not even think to move here....Dead End....you will never sell your tiny shed ....and taxes are high
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