Thursday, February 2, 2012

New businesses are seeing value on Ridge Ave in Roxborough

Feel free to call this one "Part II" of the Roxborough Series. Honestly, it's hard for me not to blog about my own neighborhood when I find a great article from my sources.

Since the 1980s, Manayunk and Chestnut Hill have been known as the Main Street hubs for most of Northwest Philadelphia, but things are starting to change ( ... for the better). Not only are Manayunk and Chestnut Hill still thriving, but Mount Airy, East Falls, and Roxborough now all have successful neighborhood development groups of their own and they're getting things done. Things like street scape improvements, trash/litter patrolling, and sidewalk planters all help create an inviting environment for those who want to walk along their neighborhood's avenue (i.e. shoppers, diners, tourists, etc.). It may seem trivial, but it works.

Roxborough has been catching steam over the last 5 years, and new businesses have been building/developing new storefronts and setting up shop in existing retail spots along Ridge Ave; anywhere from Port Royal Ave all the way down to Terrace St. Antique stores, restaurants, pharmacies, and architecture/design firms are taking advantage of Roxborough's central business location in NW Philadelphia, as well as its close proximity to the Montgomery County suburbs.

If you haven't been to our neighborhood for a while, take a drive down Ridge Ave and see all of the positive changes that are taking place for yourself.

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