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East Passyunk Neighborhood Enjoying Its Time In The Spotlight

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – It’s a happy time along East Passyunk Avenue in South Philadelphia. The “Singing Fountain” at Tasker Street will be rededicated tonight after restoration, and that section of town got a profile in a major magazine.

The profile of East Passyunk is part of a two-page look at Philadelphia in the July-August issue of National Geographic Traveler. Overall, it’s about what to do in Philly in only 48 hours and writer Caroline Tiger chose East Passyunk for the “On Foot” subsection.

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Nancy Trachtenberg, owner of the B2 Cafe on Passyunk Avenue. (Credit: John Ostapkovich)

“It’s a traditionally Italian neighborhood that has been sort of taken over by the quote-unquote hipsters who have put their own stamp in it,” Tiger says.

Nancy Trachtenberg, owner of the B2 Cafe, mentioned in the article, likes the attention.

“We’re all hoping and praying that it was going to happen, all of us who set down our roots here, opening independent shops,” Trachtenberg says. “We saw the potential on Passyunk Avenue.  It’s previous faded glory could be restored.”

And now, it can be shared with travel magazine readers.

Reported by John Ostapkovich, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  • Maureen

    Let me tell you one thing people… I would MUCH rather leave my section of the city because it was on an “upswing” making it trendier and more expensive to live in…. But for those of us in the NORTHEAST, we’re faced with leaving our homes because of the garbage that’s moved in. Yes, “garbage” is the correct word. I had a small pathetic little dream of one day raising my children in the Northeast and sending them the one of the great parochial schools that were so abundant when i grew up (a whole ten years ago — wow what ten years can do to a community!)
    We became excited as they shut down the crime ridden, drug infested urban housing (it’s called the PROJECTS people) ….. no one ever imagined that these people would be put into section 8 homes all throughout the community. At least before, it was somewhat contained. I don’t want to get into a race war, which I’m sure someone will misconstrue my comment as being the precursor to.. I grew up pretty damn poor. But that didn’t mean that I didn’t clean my property and keep my neighborhood somewhat refined. I believe the neighbors here really did try to fight for this place but it was a losing battle, i suppose. for many reasons. . Not that everyone doesn’t already know this, but it ALWAYS could be worse (cliche, huh?)

  • NotaHipster

    Mark, I empathize with Mee & Donna. Attracting people from outside the neighborhood can have benefits, but at what cost? The effects of gentrification are real and I’m seeing older families get priced out of homes they’ve lived in for years. I don’t agree with “change wouldn’t happened if the locals supported retail outlets”. The hood is exchanging families with history for yuppies & subsidized beardos. I’m not sure if this a good thing.

  • Mark F

    It is good to hear a neighborhood is on the upswing. If it attracts people from outside the neighborhood is that such a bad thing? I am not sure the comments about how this is bad for the neighborhood are correct. If the locals supported the retail outlets that were there before the new influx, then there would not have this change.

  • Mee Hungree

    I love living here, but now that it has become ultra trendy my rent is going up so I might have to leave. It was nice watching it evolve over the years though.

  • Donna Lauria

    The stores along East Passyunk Avenue have been failing for years. The only answer was to increase its exposure with upscale shops and restaurants which LOCALS cannot afford.

    That brings upper white collar yuppies to the area to spend money.

    The end.

    East Passyunk Avenue is no longer for South Philly residents. It belongs to a whole different culture of people. Which is completely unfair because it’s the South Philly residents who STARTED the stores along this street and kept them in business for so long.

  • Maggie Urban

    Congratulations Nancy!!!

  • Samuel A. Maffei

    Um, that Tasker St. Not Tasker Avenue. Idiots who know nothing about South Philly.

  • Ava G.

    OMG! Congrats Nancy! I can’t wait to see you this weekend! I hope that B2 and Benna’s gets a lot more customers.

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