Aside from I-95, Girard Avenue is the most traveled road in Fishtown. The avenue begins in the far east of the neighborhood, and stretches westward across the city. Despite the heavy morning traffic on Girard, coming off of I-95 exit 23, it is pretty hard to miss SEPTA’s old-fashioned green trolley cars that roll along the length of the avenue.
Although the free library in Fishtown, and the effects on it caused by the mayor’s budget cuts, has been the hot topic in local news, Fishtown has also been in the news more recently. On Jan. 28, shortly after a woman moved her car, the street caved in, and formed a giant sinkhole in the middle of Front Street. It was a concern that with the Market-Frankford line directly above the sinkhole would cause a problem, but trains continue to run without delay – at least not due to the sinkhole.
Look for some rather interesting stories from Team 7 on this blog as we begin to delve deeper into the history and the people of Fishtown over the course of the semester.