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Curbed Cup 2nd Round: (9) Brewerytown vs. (16) Port Richmond

Which neighborhood should advance to the final four?

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Brewerytown

There’s no denying Brewerytown’s boom in recent years. The historic neighborhood that was once known for, as the name suggests, its plethora of breweries, today features a bustling retail corridor along Girard Avenue that boasts Flying Fish brew pub, Spot Burger, and soon, the second location of popular Fishtown haunt Pizza Brain. One would be remiss to mention the mix of new builds and adaptive reuse projects in the works, many of which developer MMPartners has spearheaded. As one nominator put it, “Brewerytown has a great price point where you can work right across bridge in University City, hop on Kelly or walk to Center City while paying around $1,500 for 2-bedroom, 2-bath apartment.”

Port Richmond

As Fishtown’s rising prices continue to push people toward its edges, Port Richmond is now feeling the heat. As one Curbed commenter put it, "It has not gone unnoticed by business owners. Along with some established neighborhood favorites like the Green Rock Tavern and Hinge Cafe, newer, and trendier shops have began to dot the streetscape (Riverwards Cafe, Bait and Switch, etc.)." Residential development is nowhere near other neighborhoods, but that could change soon: Developer RJM Property Group sees potential in Port Richmond as a hot spot for adaptive reuse projects, including the old Polish Army Veterans Hall.