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    • A rendering of 2110 E. Norris St.

Fishtown developer proposes fence; gives neighbors the ‘middle finger’

A 95-unit apartment building is coming to a blighted Fishtown lot near the Berks elevated train stop. In a reprieve from Philadelphia’s toxic parking wars, neighbors aren’t worried about where residents…

    • A view of St. Laurentius from Palmer Cemetery in 2015 | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

St. Laurentius still stands in Fishtown, though more precariously

Fishtown’s St. Laurentius has seen better days. The 130-year-old-plus former Catholic Church is surrounded by a scraggly fence. Scaffolding wraps around its base, and black strips of netting covers stretches of…

    • Scaffolding surrounds the proposed site of a Fishtown hotel, next to Frankford Hall. The sidewalk has been blocked off for years. A Shepard Fairey mural is painted on the side of the building.

Whither the proposed Fishtown hotel now that its variance has lapsed?

In the much-discussed -- and much-derided -- Forbes article christening Fishtown the “hottest new neighborhood in America,” developer Roland Kassis was a star character. The author rode with Kassis in his…

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ABOUT FISHTOWN

Fishtown, named after its thriving shad industry, is a neighborhood in the Bridesburg/Kensington/Richmond area of Philadelphia. The neighborhood is formed in the shape of a triangle, with its boundaries being the Delaware River, Frankford Avenue, and York Street. Fishtown is best known for being the center for the shad fishing industry along the Delaware River. Like most northeastern Philadelphia neighborhoods, Fishtown was settled by Swedish immigrants and later developed by the English. Fishtown's shad fishing and fishery heritage are still a huge part of the community, with relics and buildings that date back to the the formerly booming industry in this area. While the shad fishing industry ended in the early 1900s, many fisherman switched to the shipbuilding industry or invested their money into local real estate. In recent years the proposed building of the “SugarHouse Casino” has torn the neighborhood in two. Many residents believe the Casino will generate well-needed revenue for the area, while others see the establishment worsening the already prevalent drug and crime problem within the area. Today Fishtown has worked out an agreement between both parties that would provide a portion of the money generated by the casino towards community projects and other activities that would not be available to residents. The area has seen a recent gentrification, bringing in young and motivated professionals. Still the neighborhood holds on to its roots, with some of its current residents dating their families back five or six generations that have lived in the Fishtown area. 
 

Fishtown, named after its thriving shad industry, is a neighborhood in the Bridesburg/Kensington/Richmond area of Philadelphia. The neighborhood is formed in the shape of a triangle, with its boundaries being the Delaware River, Frankford Avenue, and York Street. Fishtown is best known for being the center for the shad fishing industry along the Delaware River. Like most northeastern Philadelphia neighborhoods, Fishtown was settled by Swedish immigrants and later developed by the English. Fishtown's shad fishing and fishery heritage are still a huge part of the community, with relics and buildings that date back to the the formerly booming industry in this area. While the shad fishing industry ended in the early 1900s, many fisherman switched to the shipbuilding industry or invested their money into local real estate. In recent years the proposed building of the “SugarHouse Casino” has torn the neighborhood in two. Many residents believe the Casino will generate well-needed revenue for the area, while others see the establishment worsening the already prevalent drug and crime problem within the area. Today Fishtown has worked out an agreement between both parties that would provide a portion of the money generated by the casino towards community projects and other activities that would not be available to residents. The area has seen a recent gentrification, bringing in young and motivated professionals. Still the neighborhood holds on to its roots, with some of its current residents dating their families back five or six generations that have lived in the Fishtown area. 

RESOURCES 

Fishtown History

Fishtown community page

Fishtown Neighbors Association

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