Jordan Keiffer tracks down the history behind old advertisements in his monthly column, Ghost Signs of Philadelphia. In this installment, an industrious intersection at 5th Street and Montgomery Avenue
When the Workshop of the World was churning full blast, its brand was distinctly American—American Street, that is. The historic industrial Kensington thoroughfare is a shell of its former self but, Devon McReynolds tells us, that spells 21st Century opportunity. The question facing officials: should American Street remain zoned for heavy industry or for an evolving mix of uses?