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Roxborough/Manayunk: Shifting Demographic Impacts Housing Market

Roxborough/Manayunk: Shifting Demographic Impacts Housing Market

Manayunk and Roxborough are changing as their populations continue to get younger. Both sections of the city have proved to be destinations for young people to live after they finish school, and more of them are choosing to buy homes in the area. As recently as 2016, the median age of residents in the Manayunk […]

 

Manayunk: Five Places to Go Out and See Live Music

Manayunk: Five Places to Go Out and See Live Music

Live music can transform a quiet bar or restaurant into an exciting and happening place. From full bands playing original music, to acoustic covers, to disc jockeys, here is is a list of five places in Manayunk where it can be seen. Dawson Street Pub Dawson Street Pub (above) has hosted nationally known acts like Selwyn […]

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Manayunk: Keeping Up With the Woman Who Runs Main Street

Manayunk: Keeping Up With the Woman Who Runs Main Street

Chances are if you have seen a new business or event in Manayunk, Jane Lipton has been a part of it.  Lipton (below right) is the executive director of the Manayunk Development Corporation. Her job consists of tasks like working with business owners, planning events and festivals, and organizing murals. What is the mission of the […]

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Manayunk: Seven Niche Shops Bringing The Community Together

Manayunk: Seven Niche Shops Bringing The Community Together

Customers and shop owners along Main Street say the area embodies the “Cheers” mentality – it’s a place where “everybody knows your name.” The street is packed with small specialty businesses run by people who are not only passionate about their companies but about the Manayunk community. Main Street Music, 4444 Main St. A fixture […]

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Manayunk: An Unsung Champion For The Arts In Philadelphia

Manayunk: An Unsung Champion For The Arts In Philadelphia

Manayunk isn’t a neighborhood widely known for its role in the arts, but residents like Jane Lipton, executive director of the Manayunk Development Corporation (MDC), would like to see that perception change. “We would like people to realize that art is everywhere in Manayunk,” Lipton said. And it is. Portraits of people from Manayunk, painted by Mat […]

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Manayunk: Kevin Smith Fights for Development that Makes Sense

Manayunk: Kevin Smith Fights for Development that Makes Sense

Kevin Smith is president of the Manayunk Neighborhood Council, a not-for-profit civic association dedicated to promoting a unified and sustainable community in Manayunk. Smith, who was raised in Southern California and moved to Manayunk about 20 years ago, sat down at Volo Coffeehouse on Main Street to discuss some of the issues and projects the […]

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Manayunk: Johnny Destructo’s Hero Complex Comic Store Opens for Business

Manayunk: Johnny Destructo’s Hero Complex Comic Store Opens for Business

JD Korejko, better known as Johnny Destructo, recently opened up his Hero Complex shop in Manayunk to sell his collection of comics, action figures, T-shirts and personal illustrative art. He has been an avid comic book fan since he was young lad and loves to share his geekery with others. Korejko started his alter ego – Johnny […]

 

Roxborough/Manayunk: Younger Population Can Make Positive Impact

Roxborough/Manayunk: Younger Population Can Make Positive Impact

Friday evenings in Manayunk often consist of recent college graduates preparing for a night out on Main Street. This has become the norm for the young adults who rent homes in this community and are taking advantage of the nightlife in their new neighborhood. Beginning in the mid-1990’s, college students and college graduates from the Philly area […]

 

Roxborough/Manayunk: Tensions Arise Between Renters And Homeowners

Roxborough/Manayunk: Tensions Arise Between Renters And Homeowners

For Mary McCarthy and other longtime homeowners, the communities of Manayunk and Roxborough are areas that have rapidly changed during the last 20 years. Since the mid-1990’s, the community has shifted from mostly family style homes to apartments rented primarily by young adults. This change in demographic has brought a multitude of changes to the area, […]

 

Manayunk: Neighborhood Bookstore Saves Money and Helps Environment

Manayunk: Neighborhood Bookstore Saves Money and Helps Environment

Ann Tetreault grew up never being denied a book she wanted to read because of the affordability of used bookstores, and would eventually go on to make this her life’s work. Tetreault and her husband opened The Spiral Bookcase used bookstore in Manayunk five years ago, and have been pleased with the results ever since. “Since I […]

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