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Port Richmond

    • Looking south at the Tacony fishing and boat launch toward the Betsy Ross and Delair Bridges.

DRCC gets $125,000 to update plan for North Delaware Greenway

Philadelphia’s North Delaware riverfront is evolving after years of work from the Delaware River City Corporation (DRCC) and its partners to advance the cause of a new recreational greenway and public…

    • Abigail Vare Elementary School

Maryland developers see opportunity in Philly's institutional shells

A group of real estate investors from Bethesda, Maryland, are betting big on Philadelphia schools—the closed ones, anyway. In the next few months, Concordia Group expects to close on a deal…

    • Emergency personnel bring in a crane to move the derailed Amtrak train near Port Richmond in North Philadelphia Wednesday morning.

Forthcoming train safety system might have prevented Amtrak 188 tragedy

With the National Transportation Safety Board's Robert Sumwalt confirming earlier reports that Amtrak 188 was travelling over 106 miles per hour, the evidence suggests that the cause of last night’s deadly…

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ABOUT PORT RICHMOND

Richmond, often referred to as Port Richmond, is a neighborhood in the Bridesburg/Kensington/Richmond area of Philadelphia. The neighborhood is bounded by Castor Avenue on the north, Lehigh Avenue on the south, I-95 and the Delaware River to the east, and the railroad along Trenton Avenue to the west. Richmond's location along the Delaware River made it the perfect place for ships to refuel and resupply. Most of Richmond’s industry during 1800's was in coal distribution. Military vessels as well as transportation ships would refuel in Richmond as they passed the neighborhood along the Delaware River. The presence of the Reading Railroad, which runs through the neighborhood, also made the process of transporting coal even easier. The area was a vital stop for most ships up until the end of World War I, when modern oil burning vessels made coal obsolete. While the coal industry in Richmond toppled, the population remained relatively stable and is even still considered one of the best manufacturing area's in the nation. At the beginning of the 20th century, Richmond was largely a working class neighborhood, with many of its residents simply walking to their places of work. A large influx of Polish immigrants brought new and culturally diverse restaurants and delis to the area, many of which are still in business today. Recent years have proved that Richmond is here to stay, thanks to its involved community and vibrant heritage. 



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New Kensington Community Corporation; Providing services to Richmond

 
Richmond Power Plant
 
Only one building remains of the once world-famous Cramps Shipyard, and it’s about to be torn down.
 
Nowhere does the widespread destruction of Philadelphia’s waterfront history seem crueler than at Dyottsville.

UPCOMING EVENTS IN PORT RICHMOND

  • Oct 27, 2016
  • Nov 24, 2016
  • Dec 22, 2016
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