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.