Our Community

The Hill School has always been civic-minded and engaged with the greater Pottstown community. In recent years, students, faculty, staff, and alumni have increased their participation in various ways.

In response to perceived community needs, the School began an important discussion on campus, with parents of students, and with neighbors about a project to improve the immediate neighborhood and serve as a catalyst for improvements throughout Pottstown. Through several brainstorming sessions, the group garnered support for starting Hobart's Run, a collaborative improvement district that would serve as a neighborhood partnership.

At the end of 2015, The Hill School hired its first-ever manager of community and economic development. The School is determined to make serious strides and drive transformation transformation both in the School's surrounding neighborhood and greater Pottstown.

The name “Hobart's Run” refers to the stream that feeds the School's Dell pond and also runs beneath much of the shared neighborhood. The Hobart family lived in the area and was a respected Pottstown family.

This map outlines, parcel by parcel, all the properties currently included in the Hobart’s Run Neighborhood District. We intentionally used dashes to mark the boundary lines, as we hope to expand the focus area as we develop successful working models in our key initiatives.

OUR MISSION & INITIATIVES

Hobart's Run works with its residents and property owners to measurably revitalize the neighborhood through high-impact projects focused on three primary goals:

1. Creating a clean, safe, and inclusive community.
2. Providing incentives for home ownership and home improvements.
3. Generating positive, sustainable commercial and retail development.

In an article published in Urban Affairs Review titled " Understanding the Pursuit of Happiness in Ten Major Cities," the authors concluded that good urbanism contributes positively to happiness:

" We find that the design and conditions of cities are associated with the happiness of residents in 10 urban areas. Cities that provide easy access to convenient public transportation and to cultural and leisure amenities promote happiness. Cities that are affordable and serve as good places to raise children also have happier residents. We suggest that such places foster the types of social connections that can improve happiness and ultimately enhance the attractiveness of living in the city."

Accordingly, Hobart's Run has established the following key initiatives:

1.
SAFE

PROGRAMS:

  • Safety cameras

  • Community bike

  • Well-lit streets

2.
CLEAN

PROGRAMS:

  • Community trash pick-ups

  • Community block clean-ups

  • Streetscape improvements

  • Increased access to trash  and recycling

3.
GREEN

PROGRAMS:

  • Rain barrel workshops

  • Recycling workshops

  • Community garden  memberships and training

4.
INCLUSIVE

PROGRAMS:

  • Community health fairs  and block parties

  • Community bike rides

  • Neighborhood advocacy groups

5.
INVESTED

PROGRAMS:

  • Private real estate acquisition

  • Commercial and retail  development on High Street

  • Home ownership and  employee incentive programs

NEWS & EVENTS

08/08/17

Impeccable Facade Restoration

Sometimes we are lucky enough in life to meet the right people at the right time—folks whose knowledge and goodwill catapult an idea into reality. When ZimRick LLC bought a prominent corner property in Hobart's Run, they became those people.

Wow. Just wow.

That's what many must have said as they walked by, shaking their heads in amazement. Others pulled over while driving by to congratulate the workers on a job well done. Neighbors also came out of their houses to express their gratitude and encouragement. Something was being done about an old facade, and was being done right.

UPCOMING EVENTS

08/19/17
Community Field Day
at Chestnut Street Park, 12-2PM.

08/25/17
Blockbuster Party
at Rickett's Center

08/26/17
Facade Project
at 183 Sheridan St.

09/09/17
Community House Rehab and Block Clean Up
at 702 Walnut St. 10AM - 2PM

09/26/17
Hobart's Run Neighborhood Meeting
at Rickett's Center, 6:30PM

09/30/17
Facade Project
at 181 Sheridan St.

Our Partners

We are grateful for the collaborative relationships that have formed between various entities to address shared objectives.

Through leveraging the strengths of each partner and applying it strategically to the issues at hand, we believe we can increase our collective effectiveness in Pottstown. Additionally, strong partnerships build the relationships, shared understanding, and collective focus to make lasting progress on issues related to community and economic development.


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