The building of Chester’s art district requires vision, commitment, community support, and resources.

Devon Walls’ vision is crystal clear along with Chester City government’s downtown initiative; the commitment from several local artisans is established; community support is growing; and resources continue to manifest through generous grantors, Widener University, laborers, and a crew of behind the scenes players.

On any given day, people who once would be accused of driving through Chester seeking illegal tender are cruising down Avenue of the States peeking in on the development. In an unprecedented move, many of these strangers feel comfortable enough to park their cars and walk the block to get an even closer look.

Today, a special somebody came to town to see first hand what all the fuss is about.

Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream, came down from Vermont to tour our fledgling art district. Rumor has it, he was very excited with what he saw and heard from the visionaries.

Don’t sleep on what’s going on between 5th and 6th Streets on Avenue of the States. All the pieces are coming together to create one of the nation’s showcase intercity transformations.

‘Chester Made’ is more than a notion.

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Devon Walls & Ben Cohen

feature photo: Lounging at Butcher Rehab – Devon Walls, Chuck Lacy of Barred Rock Fund, ‘L’ from Butcher Rehab, Ben Cohen, and Judy Wicks of White Dog Cafe