Walking down East Girard Avenue you will encounter; the young, old, hipsters, rockers, students and blue collar workers, but in Fishtown these people build one community. People enjoy coffees at small tables on the sidewalk of Girard Avenue, store owners leave business doors open to attract customers and friends alike and middle school students pile off the Market-Frankford El train and buy candies from the newspaper stand at the bottom of the stairwell.
Girard Avenue is one of the main roads through Fishtown, travelling West to
East through Philadelphia it bustles with traffic, both auto, pedestrian and trolley. This central line through the neighborhood provides it with a wealth of businesses, ranging from tattoo parlors to art dealers, galleries and pet shops.
The neighborhood is as diverse as the people living in it, it switches easily from a city-like atmosphere to a quaint suburban area. A turn from the busy street introduces you to a slice of the quiet life, brick-faced row houses line quiet streets and sometimes the pattern of driveways is broken by a small green oasis of flowers and manicured grass.
It’s quiet today in Fishtown but empty chairs on front lawns and porches indicate that the residents like to enjoy their sunnier days gathered outside amid friends and neighbors.
By: Jillian Atkinson and Ashley Zeserman