STATUS: ADOPTED BY PCPC – August 18, 2015
Read the River Wards District Plan.
Read the River Wards Executive Summary.
Fishtown, East Kensington, Olde Richmond, Port Richmond, Kensington and Bridesburg. Residents are just as likely to identify with Police districts, zip codes and El stops as they are with neighborhood names.
The River Wards are dense rowhouse neighborhoods located to the east of the Market-Frankford El. Since large factories left the district, many residents have struggled to find new employment. New big-box retail stores along formerly industrial Aramingo Ave. provide entry-level jobs and convenience shopping. However, the shopping on Aramingo Ave. adds to traffic congestion and competes with traditional commercial districts like Kensington Avenue, Girard Avenue and Allegheny Avenue. Many households do not own a car, reducing access to fresh healthy food. Drug use is a major issue, especially around the Allegheny and Somerset El stops. The quality and location of new development is a concern. The transition of former industrial land to other uses raises questions of compatibility with existing uses, and the desire for better public access to the Delaware River waterfront has been reflected in many recent plans. The district includes a busy port and large public utility properties northeast of the Allegheny Ave. exit of I-95.
David Fecteau, 215-683-4670, David.Fecteau@phila.gov