July 11, 2015 |
In a decision that will protect Fishtown's St. Laurentius Roman Catholic Church from demolition - at least temporarily - the Philadelphia Historical Commission voted overwhelmingly Friday to grant the 19th-century building historic status. Cheers erupted after the vote, which followed a lengthy and emotional hearing that pitted parishioners, neighborhood residents, preservationists, several Polish heritage groups, and even Poland's honorary consul against the church hierarchy. Because St. Laurentius is Philadelphia's oldest church built by Polish immigrants, the community considers it a cultural touchstone.
November 13, 2001
I was intrigued by Monica Yant Kinney's column "City line serves as dividing line" (Inquirer, Nov. 6) but also confused by the statement, "The droves fleeing Fishtown for Flourtown... " While I know Kinney probably used this as a metaphor for urban flight to the suburbs, I can't imagine a more inaccurate one. Fishtown is probably one of the strongest neighborhoods in the city. It did not experience "white flight" in the 1950s, and it hasn't to this day. I am not talking about it being one of the strongest Philadelphia neighborhoods, but one of the strongest in America.
February 21, 2012
By Donna Cooper In his new book, Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010 , Charles Murray uses Fishtown as a prototypical white, lower-class community in decline. Philadelphians know Fishtown as one of a few city neighborhoods attracting urban hipsters and young families. Where Sanka was once considered gourmet, La Colombe is now widely sold. I should know; I've lived in Fishtown for 27 years. An earlier book that Murray cowrote, The Bell Curve , was roundly criticized for its flawed conclusion that blacks are on average less intelligent than whites.
August 13, 2003
I'VE JUST READ one of the most positive, well-written Daily News letters of all time: "A Celebration of Fishtown " (Aug. 7). I couldn't agree with Mr. Kilpatrick more. Do I live in Fishtown? No, not yet. My family is moving there at the end of the month, and we made our decision based on many of the points this neighborhood son brings up. We knew for years that Fishtown was a solid, family-oriented, working-class neighborhood with quality people. We now live in Fairmount, another great city neighborhood whose residents have many friends and family in Fishtown.
May 7, 2013 |
For jewelry artisan Sarah Lewis, this month is a time for celebration. Celebration, yes. Easy breathing, no. She opened her boutique in Fishtown, Philadelphia's latest neighborhood-on-a-comeback, on May 6, 2011. Experts say five years in business is needed before survival can be declared for small start-ups. Lewis's smile gave way to a slightly pained expression when she was asked last week about her total investment to bring Adorn Boutique to life at 1314 Frankford Ave. There's a mortgage, and the cost of transforming the former welding shop into an inviting retail outpost.
March 27, 2013
By A.J. Thomson Call it a Wynn-win for Philadelphia. The 300-room casino-hotel for Philadelphia proposed by Steve Wynn would sit about five blocks from my home in Fishtown, and extend up into lower Port Richmond. It should be the only site up for discussion. Wynn, chief executive of Wynn Resorts Ltd., which has similar operations in Las Vegas and Macau, is intent on building a destination resort on this 60-acre site, which extends along North Beach Street from Palmer to Cumberland Streets.
April 22, 2012 |
Coming Apart, the book I published a few months ago, tracks the cultural divergences in America's classes from 1960 to 2010, focusing on whites as a way of getting people to understand that the problems I describe aren't driven by minorities. I used Belmont, an affluent Boston suburb, as my label for the white upper middle class, and Fishtown, referring to Philadelphia's own Fishtown, one of the oldest white working-class communities in America, as my label for the white working class.
July 6, 2015 |
There may be no way to hold back the tide of gentrification in such neighborhoods as Fishtown, but Sandy Salzman is trying to find ways to keep it from washing away moderate-income residents. Salzman is executive director of New Kensington Community Development Corp., and the Awesometown townhouse project is its first foray into mixed affordable housing: 10 units selling at the market rate of about $400,000, and four subsidized by NKCDC to sell for half that, with the "winners" picked by lottery.
September 30, 1994 |
A crowd of angry Fishtown residents booed Mayor Rendell last night as he left an ecumenical prayer service intended to promote racial tolerance in the neighborhood. "You're not my mayor," several shouted at Rendell as he finished addressing the audience inside the East Baptist Church. Many complained that neither Rendell nor Councilman Joe Vignola had visited the neighborhood to hear residents' complaints about increasing crime and violence. About 100 residents had gathered spontaneously outside the church - about the same number as those who were attending the service inside - after word spread that Fishtown was being bad-mouthed as racist.
January 19, 2012
A 28-year-old Fishtown man has been charged with two bank robberies in Northeast Philadelphia, police said Tuesday. Brandon Shields was arrested Monday at an apartment complex in Wynnewood by members of the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force and Lower Merion police. Shields, of the 1100 block of East Eyre Street, allegedly robbed a PNC Bank at 6855 Frankford Ave. on Dec. 7 and a Citizens Bank at 6537 Castor Ave. on Jan. 6. - Robert Moran