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Old 10-07-2009, 08:50 PM
Location: Villanova Pa.
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Sports comraderie aside, does the Lehigh Valley,Reading or Lancaster feel they are part of the Philadelphia metro at all? I believe the Delaware Valley refers to the Philly TV Market which includes Lancaster,Berks, and Lehigh Counties(correct me if I am wrong). I know Upper Montgomery and Upper Bucks counties are growing towards Lehigh,Berks + Northampton and vice versa.

Do you have any ambition on combining with the Philly metro or would you rather not?lancaster would seem to be a bit of stretch as there as so much rural area from central Chester County westward. Do Berks-Lehigh see the eventual day that you will become part of metro Philly?

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Old 10-08-2009, 05:41 AM
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Sportswise, yes. Other than that, not really. Many people commute into Montgomery County and some into Philadelphia. I think Philly is becoming part of the metro area rather than the metro area becoming part of Philly. That includes nearby New Jersey. They're on opposite ends of the zone, both part of it but influencing each other the least. They'll always maintain distinctness and be more influenced by their immediate surrounding neighbors. And Allentown has a strong NYC influence.
With cable I don't watch much Philly news anymore. I have the local news and cable news.
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Old 10-08-2009, 06:55 AM
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I think Philly is becoming part of the metro area rather than the metro area becoming part of Philly.
I like that take. Without any Rail service this way and no low cost bus service, we don't have as many commuters to Philadelphia or NYC as one might think. Sportswise, Philadelphia teams are who most people root for and the teams that our local newspaper, The Morning Call, covers the best. The Inquirer, OTOH, gives minimal coverage to Lehigh County and even upper Bucks unless we have a strange death, crime or snowstorm. Ditto with the Philadelphia tv stations. My husband is a season ticket holder for the Eagles and has been for about 15 years.

It's less expensive to travel between NY and PHL by rail or bus then it is to get to Lehigh County from PHL or NYC. My daughter now lives in NYC and routinely goes to PHL for $8- $10 on the Bolt or Megabus but it costs $13 to get to Allentown on the twice a day bus from PHL, and $19 to NYC from here (one-way) . I'm not really complaining because I do not want this to be another Delaware County (been there, done that) but it is funny how close we are to Philadelphia, but how inconvenient it is to get there.
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