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Port Richmond is located along the Delaware River, north of Fishtown. While its boundaries are debatable, they consist of Tacony Creek to the northeast, Cumberland Street to the southwest, I-95 and the Delaware River to the southeast and Aramingo Avenue to the northwest.
People have lived in the area of Port Richmond for many years. In the beginning, it was an area where Native Americans lived dating back to 3,500 B.C. It wasn’t until the 1700s that European immigrants settled along the Delaware River and created what is known today as Port Richmond.
Polish, German, and Italian immigrants made their way to Port Richmond and worked to save up to buy a rowhome in the neighborhood. In the 1900s, the population was made up of working class people. Most people were able to walk to their jobs, which meant there were hardly any cars on the street at the time. If a family did own a car, it would be kept in a stable a few blocks away with other cars. The residents mostly worked in coal, at the port, or on the Reading Railroad.
Due to its location on the Delaware River, Port Richmond played a large part in World War I, World War II, and the American Revolution. The shipyard was home to many naval vessels and workers would transfer coal and goods to and from the port.
Port Richmond is still made up of a working class population. There are many narrow side streets where horses and carriages would travel through. Sections of the neighborhood are known as Little Poland due to the large amount of descendants from Polish immigrants. While its mostly residential, you can find delis, bars, and restaurants tucked in the side streets or on corners.
Recently, young professionals and artists have moved into the area. Real estate developers have started renovating and rehabbing homes. Some may say that Port Richmond is following in the footsteps of Fishtown when it comes to gentrification.
If there is one dish you have to order in Port Richmond, it’s kielbasa. While most people think of a cheesesteak as the go-to food in Philly, you won’t find a better kielbasa than in Port Richmond thanks to the Polish heritage in the area.
Campbell Square is a park residents will frequent in the early autumn, spring, and summer. Parks on Tap will hold an event in Campbell Square a couple of evenings during the summer as well.
Until recently, Graffiti Pier was a favorite local spot to hang out, take pictures, and explore. The abandoned pier is covered in graffiti and street art, making it a unique and fun place to walk through. In 2018 the city has blocked off the pier to residents.
Looking to Move?
Are you looking to move to a neighborhood rich in culture? Do you love Polish food? Then Port Richmond may be the neighborhood for you! Contact Philadelphia’s leading real estate agent, Agent Lady, today to schedule a free consultation.
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