Fishtown

FishtownAlthough technically not part of Center City, Fishtown’s close proximity to downtown and its ever-increasing popularity among those with Center City orientations, has caused it to become regarded as a Center City neighborhood in the conscience of many Philadelphians. Although the Delaware River fishing industry that bestowed its name upon this river ward neighborhood is long gone, Fishtown has managed to hold onto elements of its working class roots from an earlier era. Located just to the north and east of Northern Liberties, Fishtown is counted as home by police officers and fire fighters as well as large contingent of recent arrivals.

The last decade has seen the neighborhood undergo a vibrant renaissance as artists and professionals have put down roots there, becoming friendly neighbors with proud, long-time residents. Fishtown’s resulting rejuvenation has led to the opening or refreshing of numerous arts, entertainment and dining enterprises. Likewise, the recent revival has stimulated significant development of the neighborhood’s residential real estate market. Countless restorations of classic Philadelphia brick-front row homes have taken place in Fishtown and the re-branding of older commercial and industrial structures as first-class condominium buildings has also occurred. Construction of new homes continues to take place in Fishtown with isolated projects dotted throughout the neighborhood joining a few more densely concentrated developments to add numerous modern, energy-efficient housing units to the existing inventory. While. for most, Fishtown is not within walking distance of Center City proper, it is easily accessed by the elevated Market-Frankford line that skirts the neighborhood. It would not be a stretch to say that Fishtown’s recent fusion of tradition with modern sophistication is quintessential Philadelphia.