If you have ever traveled by train into Downingtown the station you will come into is right in our little neck of the woods in Johnsontown. The largest of the parking lots for this venue is within what is sadly called Johnsontown Park. For the longest time this "park" was more or less empty open space nearest the homes on Viaduct (and yes, nefarious deeds were done in the darkened areas near the Brandywine) and fields that were used for soccer during the season on the eastern side. A few years ago a small "playground" was built and the Lions constructed a pavilion, but still the park is not used as much as it could be if the borough would put more time and money into it like they have done with other parks in the area which actually have less of a population of people around them.
Now we are being told that a bridge will be built from Boot Road and 322 into Johnsontown right through the park. Why you might ask? Well when one asks any local official you will hear just about the same thing, "it will be good for the borough." Oh really? And what about the citizens of Johnsontown? How will it impact our quality of life? Were we even asked or considered? Not so much. Doing some investigation I found that the reason that the bridge has been proposed is because that area is what is called a KOZ which means a Keystone Opportunity Zone. These areas have generated very little state and local tax revenue and if developed are expected to attract spin off taxable activity. If you take a good look at a map of Johnsontown you will see there is actually NO ROOM for this!