Right now, however, the hot location for residences is the Conshohockens. The new residences—and the new office buildings also—are evidence that the two boroughs will experience a very different future from the towns upriver with which both have always been grouped. There is a very fundamental—and very ancient—historical scenario playing out there, one that really does repeat itself, if you view it broadly enough. The reason is the same as it has always been: there is big money to be made. That money is bringing about big changes, which at this point may have actually only begun. Pottstown and Norristown would love to have even a small part of it happening in their towns. But something’s lost when something’s gained, and the size of what is being gained suggests that the Conshohockens could lose a lot. Last week, I inquired about what West Conshohocken might be losing. Next week I shift my gaze across the river, but my focus remains on what is fundamentally happening to both communities. I do so because it is all one happening, and all for the same reason. That makes it worth understanding.
More on that next week.