Thanks to a surge in new eateries and drinking establishments, Phoenixville has once again risen to become a favorite dining and drinking destination, writes Allison Steele for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Over the last few years, Phoenixville’s downtown has become the home of four breweries, three wine-tasting rooms, Bluebird Distilling, and The Foodery, a store that offers more than a 1,000 varieties of bottled beer.
According to Karen Cilurso of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, Phoenixville is a good example of the trend that is spreading throughout the region and the country: the rebirth of communities focused around food and drink.
“The same way people don’t want to drive an hour to work, they don’t want to drive an hour to be entertained,” said Cilurso.
This growth has created new jobs in Phoenixville, injecting the downtown with a vibrancy that is attracting new residents.
Already, the borough is seeing a rise in home values, while its new luxury apartment buildings are quickly filling up. This resurgence means that the population is now predicted to grow from 15,000 in 2004 to around 20,000 within the next five years.
Read more about Phoenixville’s resurgence in the Philadelphia Inquirer here.