China is now the economic engine of the world and could increasingly be the center of worldwide economic production. We now have several local companies shipping goods to China. Remember that the Chester County G.O. Carlson Airport will have direct flight international capability soon. A more equitable trade climate with China could make Coatesville a very popular place to locate businesses that trade internationally. That high rise office tower proposed by Bart Blatstein might go back in the plans for the “flats” in Coatesville.
It is possible for the USA to catch up to China, Europe and developing countries. But we had decades of cutbacks in education and economic production while the rest of the world carried that torch of free enterprise that was lit here in the USA. Even 8 years of “Change” might not get us back on track. Until then the “one word” for today’s graduates is not “plastics” it’s China.
See David Brooks column in today’s New York Times:
A recording of the joint RDA Coatesville City Council meeting is here:
Some Patsyisms from last night’s meeting:
Miss Patsy, “We need to be realistic and not make something like a dream that somebody can’t reach. We need to take something… This whole redevelopment has been put on a high thing now we need to bring it down to where we’re human and we’re economic that we can see what we need to put in.”
Ms. Karen Jorgenson, “But part of what’s going to happen, Miss Ray, is that as properties are sold and… the principal will go down and so perhaps at the end of the five years what will be left for the city do deal with is; the properties will be sold and what ever the remaining balance is the city really has to absorb.”
Miss Patsy, “That’s a pipe dream, but I’m OK with your pipe dream. I just don’t see it happenin.”
Does Miss Patsy think; as Dick Saha once said, “it will never happen” because she doesn’t want to see Coatesville redeveloped?
The first voice is Coatesville RDA Chair Joe DiSciullo
The 2nd voice is Coatesville City Council Member Miss Patsy Ray
The 3rd voice is former RDA Member John Pawlowski
The 4th voice is the RDA's attorney Pat O'Donnell
The 5th voice is the Coatesville City Council's attorney Andrew Lehr
The 6th voice is RDA Member Jack Burkholder
The 7th voice is Coatesville City Council Member Ed Simpson
The 8th voice is Coatesville City council Member Ms. Karen Jorgenson
The 9th voice is RDA Member Harry Colon
The 10th voice is Coatesville City Council Chair Marty Eggleston
The 11th voice is City Council Member Kareem Johnson
The 12th voice is Coatesville City Council Member Kurt Schenk