Where do I live, anyway?

The Patch is considering a name change, but where does Limerick end and Royersford begin?

We’ve got a bit of an identity crisis here in Limerick or Royersford or Spring City or Spring-Ford, or wherever we are. When I moved into the 19468 zip code twelve years ago, I was told I lived in Limerick. These days, it depends on what utility company, corporation or neighbor I’m talking to with regard to where I actually live. And today, the local Patch asked a similar question: What should our Patch be called? Most of Royersford and Limerick are part of the Spring-Ford School district, but some of Spring City is Owen J. Roberts, and some of Royersford, I think, is Perk Valley.  This area has grown rapidly over the last fifteen years, but, even so, we should still be able to figure out what town to write on applications and on the front of an envelope.  

                One of the ‘problems of location’ seems to be that according to USPS.org and their white pages search,  the address of the Limerick Post Office is 327 W RIDGE PIKE STE A ROYERSFORD, PA 19468-9996. How is the Limerick post office now located in Royersford?  And, maybe a better question is why? The uncertainty of location is by no means the worst thing in the world. In fact, it’s sometimes kind of interesting to potentially have dual towns as a residence. But, it does tend to be a bit of a pain when I  need to give my exact mailing address to verify my identity and I don’t know which one company A or utility B has on file. As well, are there larger implications to the separation of Royersford Borough and Limerick Township that need to be addressed with regard to the 19468 zip code? And, where does Spring City and their 19475 zip code fit into all of this?  Perhaps it’s part internet and the dying art of mail that’s to blame for the confusion.  And maybe in another few years we won’t even need zip codes. But for now, and before we figure out what to name our local patch, maybe we could start a conversation about where Limerick ends and Royersford begins.

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Diane Moore May 23, 2011 at 07:52 PM
I think the land for Spring City Elementary was donated after the horse racing ended there.
PrinceOfPrussia May 23, 2011 at 09:07 PM
I think its a "made up" designation but I sort of like the "Spring Valley" name that the YMCA chose to use in this area. In that regard, I think the whole Royersford, Spring City, Upper Providence, Limerick area could be known as Spring Valley. If not that then the "Spring-Ford Area" isn't a bad choice.
David Powell May 23, 2011 at 10:08 PM
That's interesting, Diane. I didn't know there used to be a racetrack at that site.
Chris Zabaska May 24, 2011 at 02:09 PM
One correction I have is Spring City Elementary is in Spring-Ford School District not OJR, Vincent Elementary School is in East Vincent Twp on Ridge Rd. and is in the OJR School District
PrinceOfPrussia May 24, 2011 at 05:14 PM
The Spring City Elementary is part of the Spring-Ford Area School District but the actual building and grounds are physically located in East Vincent Township which is in the Owen J Roberts School District. If hypothetically someone lived in the Spring City Elementary - they'd go to school at OJR! The borders of the township and the borough run down Wall Street at that part.


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