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July 11, 2015 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
BUSINESS
May 7, 2013 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
April 22, 2012 | By Charles Murray
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.
REAL_ESTATE
July 6, 2015 | By Paul Jablow, For The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
September 30, 1994 | By Carol Morello, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
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
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July 24, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eugene Ross crossed the finish line at his last New York City Marathon when he was 70. Mr. Ross completed the 75-mile, one-day version of his last bicycling event - the Bike MS: City to Shore Ride, a fund-raiser for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society - when he was 84. "He was a better man than I was," said his wife, Christine, who did not compete in either event. "He was not fast," in running or biking, she said, "but he had endurance. " Such effort, she said, "didn't kill him. It made him live until he was 90. " On Sunday, July 19, Mr. Ross died of liver cancer at his home in Ocean City.
NEWS
July 13, 2015 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
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.
REAL_ESTATE
July 6, 2015 | By Paul Jablow, For The Inquirer
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.
REAL_ESTATE
June 29, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
There was a time, not very long ago, when the number of unsubsidized, market-rate residential construction projects within the Philadelphia city limits could be counted on one hand. Now, you need a scorecard to keep track, and even that list might need to be updated daily. Noah Ostroff, of Keller Williams Real Estate in Center City, said that, typically, when he gets a call from someone looking to buy a property in the city, it is for new construction. "I don't have many people looking for traditional - what we call 'homes with character,' " he said.
FOOD
June 12, 2015 | Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
Paul Kimport and William Reed's bars, beginning with Standard Tap, have a long history of serving far more ambitious food than the usual bar fare. That continues at their pioneering Fishtown pub, Johnny Brenda's, where current chef, Adam Diltz, is strutting both seasonality and well-honed technique. I loved the delicacy of his crisped squash blossoms stuffed with sweet ricotta and mint. But Diltz's serious culinary training (Boston's No. 9 Park, Blackberry Farm in Tennessee, and Chicago's Everest)
ENTERTAINMENT
June 6, 2015 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
There's a simple reason so many of Philadelphia's great religious buildings have been falling to the wrecking ball: Nobody is left to love them anymore. That's not the case with St. Laurentius Roman Catholic Church in Fishtown, built in 1882 with nickels and dimes collected by the neighborhood's Polish community. When the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced in March that it planned to demolish the brownstone church at Berks and Memphis Streets - presumably to sell off the land for house lots - its partisans rushed to the virtual barricades to hold off the wrecking crew.
FOOD
June 5, 2015 | Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
The neon-lit arrival of Joe's Steaks in Fishtown and the suddenly retro-polished diner corner of Frankford and Girard is a major development in the world of Philadelphia cheesesteaks. That's because owner Joseph Groh has long maintained his home base in Torresdale as one of the city's finest examples of what a classic steak made with high-quality, freshly sliced, cooked-to-order rib eye can be. He's weathered the ire of some old-timers who still resent his changing the name it had since 1949 (Chink's)
ENTERTAINMENT
May 23, 2015 | By Victoria Mier, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a room full of skeletons, Caitlin McCormack needs the quiet company of other living things - potted succulents, for instance, perched along the windowsill of her South Philadelphia studio. They're not real skeletons, of course, curled up like leaves on black velvet and transfixed beneath glass. McCormack, a 27-year-old University of the Arts graduate, crochets them from supplies inherited from her grandmother to make small, delicate works of art. McCormack began this body of work when her grandparents died within months of each other in late 2010 and early 2011.
REAL_ESTATE
May 11, 2015 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
Three siblings from the Lawncrest neighborhood of Northeast Philadelphia all bought their first homes in the last year - an anecdotal sign that the first-time buyer's market might be recovering since the financial crisis. Jillian, Bridget and Richard Slavin - all three of them millennials, born in 1983, 1985, and 1987, respectively - purchased houses that reflect the different styles and paths their generation is taking. Jillian Slavin bought a house in Lower Bucks County in May 2014.
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