Upper Darby 40%
To all you Chester people who voted Chester more trifling than Upper Darby, please pack you things and move to 69th Street immediately.
Every time I speak with Daily Times editor Phil Heron, I thank him for convincing readers that Upper Darby is more crime ridden than Chester. Upper Darby crime stories outnumber Chester crime stories by a landslide. And they have all kinds of crazy crime.
Yet, survey says 6 out of 10 people vote Chester as more trifling than Upper Darby
Maybe it’s because Chester doesn’t have a bustling business district like 69th Street. Or maybe the shows at Harrah’s aren’t as good as the ones at the Tower Theater. Or maybe the movie theater in Upper Darby is the only place to see the black movies that get kicked out of all the other theaters after the first week. Or maybe the 69th Street terminal provides better transportation than the Chester Transportation Center. Or maybe Upper Darby beauty schools hold more weight than Widener University.
Or maybe Upper Darby’s police superintendent Michael Chitwood fights crime better than Chester’s police commissioner Joseph Bail.
Or maybe it has something to do with the demographics.
- Upper Darby has 41,000 people versus Chester with 35,000.
- Upper Darby has 18,000 blacks, 12,000 whites, 8,000 asians, 3,000 hispanics, and a significant smattering of Indians, Africans, and others.
- Chester has 26,000 blacks, 6,000 whites, 3,000 hispanics, and that’s about it.
- Average income per household in Upper Darby is $41,000 vs $28,000 in Chester. The average home value in Upper Darby is $127,000 vs $71,000 in Chester.
- Both Chester and Upper Darby have failing schools.
- Upper Darby is land locked. Chester has a river, a railroad, an interstate highway, and a bridge to the shore. Both Upper Darby and Chester have easy access to the airport.
Please share what influenced you to vote the way you did.