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4 Compelling Facts About Fishtown

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If you’re thinking of moving to Philadelphia, Fishtown should definitely be on your list of neighborhoods to check out. With its trendy restaurants, lively nightlife, and affordable housing (compared to other cities like New York City or Boston, it’s no wonder this neighborhood grew in popularity. If you live in Philadelphia though, there is likely many things you never knew about Fishtown.

Here are four compelling facts about Fishtown that you should know.

One: The name Fishtown is derived from the area’s history as a center for fishing and shipbuilding. In the 19th century, Fishtown was the center of the American shad fishing industry. Fishtown was also home to many seafood processing plants.That may sound funny as Fishtown today has tons of great restaurants, but not really any really good Fish restaurants. The Fin tried to bring fish back to Fishtown, but they failed.

Two: Fishtown has a strong Irish-American history. The neighborhood’s Irish Catholic population began to decline in the late 20th century as many residents moved to the suburbs.

Three: Residents of Fishtown do not have to place the white rectangular wooden address signs that include a silver and green fish. These signs were created back in 2o00 by the Fishtown Neighbors Association to raise money for the Association. Many residents still order them, others make their own versions of them, others simply do not place them on their homes. Want one? You can order them here.

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Fishtown Address Signs

Four: You can know the streets of Philadelphia, but knowing the streets of Fishtown is a completely different animal. Fishtown is located below Front Street. This means that it’s below all the numbered streets of Philadelphia and thus you can’t really rely on cross streets. If you want to know where you are in Fishtown, you basically need to learn the street names.

Fishtown is one of Philadelphia’s most popular neighborhoods and for good reason. With its close proximity to downtown, ample amount of bars and restaurants, and beautiful river views, it’s no wonder why people are clamoring to live here. If you are looking to buy a home or rent in Fishtown, be sure to check out our website – we have all the latest listings in Fishtown right at your fingertips. Thanks for reading!

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