A Borough Transformed

Let’s hear it for Collingswood. In just over a decade, the borough has transformed itself from a rather forgettable neighbor of Camden’s to one of the most enviable locales in the Garden State, and this month Forbes magazine decided to tip its hat to this inspiring rebirth.

In its September issue, Forbes named Collingswood one of America’s Top 10 Transformed Neighborhoods, listing it alongside communities in Manhattan, Denver and elsewhere as “…enclaves that have blossomed into hot spots.”

Of Collingswood, Forbes reports: “This ‘dry’ Philadelphia-area community has reaped the rewards of a new light rail station along Haddon Avenue. Development initiatives kicked off in 1996 when the Borough began buying and cleaning up properties for residential use.”

For those of you who have never been, Collingswood’s charm and convenient location are not to be underestimated. The borough has become an attractive spot for single, young professionals and large families alike. There’s a fantastic farmers’ market, myriad monthly festivals, charming colonial side streets, and hey, it certainly doesn’t hurt that Philadelphia is only a 20-minute train ride away.

As someone who’s been enjoying the borough for many years now—whether to visit friends or to enjoy its many restaurants and shops—I say, good for you Collingswood. In the midst of an economic pall that just doesn’t seem to want to lift, a little upbeat news from South Jersey feels rather refreshing.

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