Back in the 19th-century, Fishtown was the East Coast’s largest shad fishing site. Today, it’s a center for hardworking families, whose labor has made Fishtown an industrial hub of Philadelphia. Recent gentrification has attracted artists and professionals from other neighborhoods as well.
In Fishtown you’ll meet welders, painters, sculptors, roofers, police officers, stonemasons, and maybe even the odd fisherman or two. You can find them at the popular restaurants and taverns, catching up and talking business. Hang around and you might learn something you didn’t know before.