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Pennsport, Philly's Neighborhood of the Year, Explained by Resident Jim Moylan

The People's Guide is Curbed Philly's tour of neighborhoods, led by our most loyal readers, favorite bloggers, and other luminaries of our choosing. Have a piece to say? We'll be happy to hand over the megaphone. For our first People's Guide, we welcome Dr. Jim Moylan, a 16-year resident of Pennsport, Philadelphia's 2015 Neighborhood of the Year.

Tell us something most people don't know about Pennsport:
The first ship of the US Navy was built on the Pennsport waterfront. Pennsport was an important supply and transportation hub for Civil War troops.

Are there any unique customs or traditions of Pennsport?
We are the host community for a majority of the Mummers clubs and home to the Mummers Museum.

What's Pennsport's best park?
Herron Park Sprayground. It's a traditional, family-friendly playground, with a world-class interactive spray park (for the warmer months!). Though we are blessed with various park options.

What's the beloved neighborhood joint?
Pennsport is fortunate to have a few: The Industry, Moonshine, Shamrock, 2nd Street Brewhouse.

Do you need a car to get around?
It's not a requirement. It's a very walkable area and has numerous public transportation routes.

What's not-so-swell about your "perfect" neighborhood?
We, unfortunately, have precious little educational options for our children.

How would you describe the stereotypical residents of Pennsport?
We have mix of multi-generational residents and an influx of newer transplants who are drawn to our growing neighborhood.

How kid-friendly is your neighborhood?
Very! We have numerous parks, playgrounds, recreational and after-school programs.

What's the neighborhood housing stock like?
Pennsport is one of the fastest growing communities in the city. New houses are popping up everywhere and many more in the offing.

Better for buyers or renters?

Best-kept secret?
The wood-fired pizza at Caffe Valentino.

Most common sight?
Neighbors out walking their dogs or biking or just interacting with each other. It's rare to walk the streets of Pennsport and not have to stop to speak with your neighbors.

The final word on Pennsport:
We are growing by leaps and bounds. But, we've been able to maintain our sense of community and support for each other.