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By John D. Dorst

Chadds Ford, an upscale suburb in southeastern Pennsylvania, devotes loads of strength to making a historic id. a number of associations perform this activity, together with museums, a land conservancy devoted to the upkeep of its ancient panorama, and the ancient Society, that's accountable for an annual group party. higher associations with regards to nearby tourism and suburban improvement generate a gradual movement of texts approximately Chadds Ford within the type of modern shuttle magazines, pamphlets, brochures, and gallery displays.

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This quality of scale that draws the tourists also motivates some Chadds Ford residents to create situations for themselves where they can experience more intimately a pre-industrial scale of perception. VIII To define Chadds Ford as a set of spatial orientations is, on the one hand, a fairly straightforward matter of identifying the significant topographical, infrastructural, and social facts of its physical existence. On the other hand, spatial orientation also involves the identification of less tangible ideological facts.

Andy Warhol The Brandywine River Museum above all serves to attract popular and elite patronage. It is a mechanism of subtle transformation through which the local specificity of this "unique part of the world," the main premise of Conservancy ideology, becomes the representative specimen of a generalized idea that can resonate with personal associations in places far remote from Chadds Ford. This transformation from specific place to specimen to generalized image turns upon the paradoxical logic of preservationist ideology.

1~____I ~ Q (J) MEADOW ~ 8J CHRISTIAN C. SANDERSON MUSEUM Q ~ /842 o 0 CHADDS FORD HOTEL /8/0 MERCHANT MILL /864 (Now TRI-COUNTY CONSERVANCY OF THE BRANDYWINE INC. MUSEUM) MAP 5 o 10 20 Feet Chadds Ford Souvenirs 18 v Some numbers: 3 Pennsbury Twp. ) = p Birmingham Twp. ) = BC Birmingham Twp. ) = BD TABLE 1 Total population P BC BD Total 1960 1970 936 453 1,093 2,482 1,763 834 1,281 3,878 % increase 1960-1980 1980 2,604 1,584 2,057 6,245 178 250 88 152 TABLE 2 Black population 1960 P Be BD Total % of total pop.

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