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    • The Philadelphia Archdiocese has applied for a permits to demolish Fishtown’s St. Laurentius Church. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

As demolition nears, St. Laurentius supporters seek sanctuary through historic designation

St. Laurentius Church in Fishtown is inching closer toward demolition, though the final showdown is slated for this summer. Two developments spell bad news for supporters of the 133-year-old Polish building…

    • thecityofphiladelphia

New zoning maps to guide Fishtown development

Two bills updating the zoning maps in Fishtown are headed toward passage after being approved by the City Planning Commission on Tuesday. The bills, introduced by Council members Mark Squilla and…

    • Fillmore unveiling, Ajax, 1000 Frankford Avenue

Fishtown music venue moving forward despite legal appeals

It’s been an up-and-down week for Michael Samschick. On Tuesday night, the developer saw his plans for 200 new apartments on North Delaware Avenue rejected by the Fishtown Neighbors Association by…

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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

UPCOMING EVENTS IN FISHTOWN

  • Jun 2, 2015
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