Gentrification & Caffeination In Fishtown

 

The owners of Lola Bean in Fishtown | Photo by J.R. Blackwell for Philadelphia Weekly

The owners of Lola Bean in Fishtown | Photo by J.R. Blackwell for Philadelphia Weekly

This week’s Philadelphia Weekly tours the city’s burgeoning coffee culture. The recent proliferation of coffee shops in Fishtown since 2010 is the focus of one article in particular, adding credence to a University of Massachusetts sociological study from 2011 that empirically tied the industry to gentrification trends as a whole. Far from over-saturation, cafés offer urban millennials the chance to form a new identity within a java-centric community. That should explain the optimism of Erica Zito and Mary Button, whose Lola Bean coffee shop on the 1300 block of Frankford Avenue is about to get a new neighbor: the flagship location of Philly’s own La Colombe.

City Councilman Jim Kenney is lobbying for the inclusion of a formal skatepark in the looming redesign of LOVE Park, reports CBS Philly. Parks and Recreation commissioner Mike DiBerardinis promises to leave the option on the table, but pointed to the construction of Paine Park by the Art Museum as the City’s main effort to placate the skateboarding crowd. That’s not enough, says Kenney, who argues that the city would be wise to take advantage of the established connection between LOVE and the global sport.

The Inquirer reports that the developers of the proposed 23-story Eastern Tower at 10th & Vine has figured out a way to get the final $33 million necessary for its construction. Supposedly, 66 prospective Chinese immigrants would be guaranteed green cards for them and their families in exchange for a loan of $500,000 each. Officials are confident that the plan is feasible, as the federal government’s EB-5 program has proven popular in recent years for East Asians.

A new study shows that Philadelphia has the second-highest tax burden of all American cities, at 17.6%, relates the Philadelphia Business Journal.

About the author

Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

Send a message!



2 Comments


  1. Too many coffee shops, what the hood really needs is grocery and the return of the corner store..I suspect that there will be a coffee shop fallout as rents rise and operators realize profits are not covering expenses. The Fishtown area is reaching its saturation point as far as milennial coffee craze is concerned..

  2. The tax study was based on completely bogus data, as has been pointed out already. It’s clearly just pushing an agenda and trying to pass it off as fact.

    Also, I couldn’t possibly disagree more with Jim Kenney. They have Paine’s Park, not to mention the actually built by Philly people FDR. I was skating and building ramps in parking lots and driveways when many of these suburban skaters were still looking down on skaters, and I fully support the idea of keeping skaters out of LOVE Park except as part of an event like the XGames or something. I’m also probably younger than many of those skaters.

    If you’re a real Philly skater, then you don’t need anybody catering to you. What’s next, dirt jumps on Dock St? Basketball courts on Broad? Why such a need to be catered to?

Leave a Reply

Comment moderation is enabled, no need to resubmit any comments posted.

 

Recent Posts
PennDOT Announces Plan To Unclog Schuylkill Expressway

PennDOT Announces Plan To Unclog Schuylkill Expressway

September 28, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Alleviating the daily traffic troubles of I-76, an ode to the SEPTA token, Northeast district plans commence, and Five-Below commits to Center City > more

Developers Continue To Distrust Central Delaware Master Plan

Developers Continue To Distrust Central Delaware Master Plan

September 27, 2016  |  Morning Blend

The imperative of collaboration in reaching a critical mass on the Delaware, proposed regional rail power plant draws residents’ ire, L&I releases more data sets, and Walnut Lane Bridge reopens > more

The Crisis On Jewelers Row: Mayor Kenney We Need You

The Crisis On Jewelers Row: Mayor Kenney We Need You

September 27, 2016  |  Soapbox

The tools are in hand to stop Toll Brothers' tower (and get it built somewhere else), architectural historian and preservation professor Aaron Wunsch argues. Can Jim Kenney deliver? > more

Ground Broken On Reuse Of Old Spring Garden School

Ground Broken On Reuse Of Old Spring Garden School

September 26, 2016  |  Morning Blend

North Philadelphia eyesore being converted into 37 units of subsidized housing, Fishtown entertainment complex opens, and Kenney the pedestrian champion > more

The Tale Of Catfish And Waffles

The Tale Of Catfish And Waffles

September 23, 2016  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

Long before chicken and waffles took hip restaurant menus by storm Philadelphia was famous for the meal's precursor, catfish and waffles, served at inns and taverns on the banks of the Wissahickon Creek and the Schuylkill River. Harry K. sets the table and serves us up a heaping plate of local culinary history > more

Requiem For A Moderne Gem, William Penn Annex Post Office

Requiem For A Moderne Gem, William Penn Annex Post Office

September 22, 2016  |  Vantage

Contributor Ann de Forest delivers a eulogy for the decline of civic architecture and the closing of an iconic post office on East Market Street. > more