Since 2005 Fishtown has experienced moderate gentrification characterized by significant rises in housing prices and the opening of upscale art, entertainment, and dining establishments.

"[12] Despite the remarks made by him and other officials, the public opinion remained mixed while some praised the group for wanting to keep their city safe and likened their involvement to that of the armed Korean business owners who fought off looters during the L.A Riots, others questioned the true intention of the majority white group and criticized them for blocking potential protesters from entering the area, publicly drinking, increasing racial tensions as well as breaking city-wide mandated curfew. The El hems in its western border. When Rick Miller moved to Fishtown’s fringe twelve years ago just off Front Street, his second purchase after his house was a pit bull. It’s wedged into Philadelphia just north of downtown like an anvil at the first sharp right turn in the Delaware River. When Sparks moved out of her parents’ home in 1957, she bought her first house with her husband for $12,000. This choice deeply divided the neighborhood, causing conflict between those who believe it will bring jobs and economic development and those who believe it will lead to increased crime, addiction, and other social problems which negatively impact quality of life. It’s also magnetizing a new generation of Millennials, Baby Boomers, and young professionals who are summarily rejecting suburbia, car culture, and food deserts in favor of independently-owned retailers, farm-to-table restaurants, and the new self-supporting micro-economy to move back downtown again. The location was perfect. “The improvements here have always been brought about by the people who live in the neighborhood. [7] Residents were previously zoned to Kensington High School. The cars smelled like piss and cheesesteaks on the weekends. The current sale to list ratio is a scorching 98.8%, going toe to toe with Williamsburg (Brooklyn) and Washington, D.C. Two decades ago Fishtown was a dirty Philadelphia real estate word. There were the occasional addicts and pimps. The neighborhood was chosen by the state of Pennsylvania to be the site of the SugarHouse Casino gaming complex on Delaware Avenue near Frankford Avenue. Fishtown was an urban village waiting to happen.”.

The most adventurous and successful lives are lived without guilt, regret, or fear. The dream commute—Berks Street station to Center City in nine minutes. “People didn’t leave Fishtown because they couldn’t afford to,” Sparks recalls. “I remembered growing up in Europe that cities are like villages, just on a larger scale,” Kassis recalls. Last summer Jay-Z tapped local bake shop Cake Life to make Beyonce’s birthday cake. Prices are surging. There was always something special about this place, and everyone knew it. With the Eastern border locked as the Delaware River, the Southern border has become where Laurel Street, Frankford Avenue and Delaware Avenue meet. The road, along with the overpass parallel to it, form a traffic barrier between Fishtown and, This page was last edited on 5 November 2020, at 11:42. Visually the dichotomies are jarring. We kept things clean.

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[1] Located immediately northeast of Center City, its borders are somewhat disputed today due to many factors, but are roughly defined by the triangle created by the Delaware River, Frankford Avenue, and York Street. After work it catered to the Bud and broken pool stick crowd. Kensington Community Development Corporation.