Friends certainly do let friends live in Coatesville, and a passionate 34-year-old writer and photographer is embarking on what she hopes is an epic effort to burst the bubble that persists about Coatesville being a place no one wants to live in.
“I think the reputation is a bigger issue than any real issue,” fourth-generation Coatesville native Sarah Alderman said in a Philly.com report of her pioneering film, photo and essay project titled “Bypassed: The Coatesville Project.”
Alderman has invested $2,000 personally and plans to launch a future fundraising campaign to help capture the voices, faces and stories of the real Coatesville “in a really honest but beautiful way, but not a puff commercial,” she said.
A coalition of supporters is already rallying around her, including poet Aadil Malik, whose centennial celebration poem was lauded as a “wake-up call for the community,” the article stated.
“The way (Alderman) was so passionate about coming back home to where she was born and telling the story of the city and its people aligned with what I wanted,” Malik said in the report. “It’s what the city deserves.”
And it’s what the city needs to change minds across Chester County about what kind of place it truly is.
“There are a lot of people, including Sarah, that are seeing to it that Coatesville has some kind of rebirth and are making Coatesville a better place right now,” 42-year history teacher Ross Kershey said.
Read more about the effort and its protagonist, Sarah Alderman, on Philly.com here.