Redevelopment In Fishtown Threatened By NIMBYs


Rendering: Core Realty, via Plan Philly

Possible future for Ajax Metalworks | Rendering: Core Realty, via Plan Philly

  • Philly Living looks at the past and questionable future of developer Michael Samschick’s proposal for a 10-block reworking of Fishtown around Frankford & Delaware Avenues. Built in 1893, the Ajax Metalworks was for over a half-century quite a productive outpost of “The Workshop of the World.” Now it is unquestionably the lynchpin for Samschick’s Canal Street development, a singular offering of Belgian block-paved mixed-use district complete with restaurants, a distillery, a bowling alley, and, in the metalworks itself, a 3,000-seat music venue. It “could once and for all transform the desert of a Delaware waterfront into the waterfront the city deserves,” says writer Matt Stringer. Yet all that depends on Samschick defeating an appeal from NIMBYists concerned with the venue’s paucity of parking spots.
  • Citing an uneven crime rate within the 15th Police District in the Northeast, Councilman Bobby Henon and various community organizations are vowing to continue their efforts to split the overburdened district, regardless of the fact that 30 more officers have recently been reassigned there, says the Daily News. “If the district was split,” said Mayfair Civic Association president Donny Smith, “we wouldn’t be undermanned in the northern neighborhoods whenever there’s trouble in the southern end. Remember, people here weren’t signing a petition to get more cops in the 15th District. They were signing a petition to split the district in half.”
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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.

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  1. Name calling isn’t a great way to win an argument, nor the respect of neighbors who disagree with you over a request for a zoning variance or variances. Grow up, buy a house in the city and quit the NIMBY tagging nonsense. You just sound like creeps.

  2. WTF’s a NIMBY?

    • Not In My Back Yard. Generally used as a degenerative term for people who do not support a project (ie incinerator) near them but usually would still prefer to benefit from its positives.

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