He’s only been in office as mayor of Bridgpeport Borough for a couple of months, but Mark Barbee is already feeling right at home, and he’s falling right in step.
As Barbee strolled Fourth Street during a recent late-afternoon tour of his town, he pointed across the street to a row of storefronts, half of which were empty. “In a perfect world, all those businesses would be full,” Barbee said. “Maybe another bar or two over here,” writes Erin McCarthy in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Barbee is admittedly still figuring out exactly how to make that happen. But he voices determination, confident that if outsiders could only see the area’s understated charm, the town would in no time become West Chester, but with a gritty Philly-esque edge.
Bridgeport is a working-class town with fewer than 5,000 residents. It’s nestled along the Schuylkill, smack-dab between the bustling destinations of King of Prussia and Conshohocken, and just across the river from the county seat of Norristown, which over the years has struggled with crime (some of which does occasionally spill over into Bridgeport, Barbee said).
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