Philadelphia, Manayunk

Manayunk  is a neighborhood in the northwestern section of the city of Philadelphia. It is located along the banks of the Schuylkill River. The name Manayunk comes from the  Lenape Indians. In 1686-dated papers between William Penn and the Lenape tribe.

Although historically a blue collar community. In recent years the neighborhood has been substantially gentrified as are many other Philadelphia neighborhoods. While there is still a working class population within the neighborhood, the population has shifted to younger upper middle class professionals and families.A nightlife has sprung up in Manayunk and draws visitors from all over the Delaware Valley, as well as some international visitors.

The settlement got its nineteenth-century identity from the construction of the dam, canal, and locks by the Schuylkill Navigation Company.  The power from the water was massive and createdThe Manayunk section was finished at the end of 1818. Since the power provided by the water was extensive, and allowed for the development of many mills and factories many were in the textile industry.

Manayunk continued to be one of the manufacturing centers of Philadelphia for the next 100 years, but in the 1980s, Manayunk suffered from the decline of manufacturing jobs.It had many empty storefronts along Main Street, its primary commercial district. In the 1990s, a revitalization began with the opening of several upscale restaurants on Main Street, which were backed by developers who promoted the neighborhood as a place to visit.

Manayunk retained its small-town charm with its small two- and three-story row homes, cobblestone paving, and hilly streets. Many who visited decided to stay and renovate the small row homes characteristic of the area. Increasing demand for housing in the area has led to the conversion of former mills into loft apartments, and replacement of empty storefronts and mom-and-pop stores with upscale shops. In 2004, a new condominium tower was built on part of Venice Island. In 2005 there were plans to build more condominium towers to replace the closed soap and paper factories. Manayunk has become a popular place of residence for local college students and young professionals. Main Street is most known for its many bars and restaurants.

 

The SEPTA Manayunk/Norristown Line rail line runs through Manayunk, partly along an elevated structure above Cresson Street. The Manayunk train station is located on this elevated section. Manayunk Bridge is an icon of Manayunk.

Local public schools serving Manayunk include Dobson Elementary School and Roxborough High School which are part of the Philadelphia School System.

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