Washington Avenue has been seeing a lot of changes in recent years. Whether you’re talking about the new mixed-use development proposed for 9th and Washington, the recently-opened Habitat for Humanity ReStore, the mixed-use development just approved for 24th and Washington, or the Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken location opening here, there’s just so much movement happening on this street.
With new developments and changes happening all over this well-known South Philly strip, what exactly does the future hold? We’ve told you before about the potential for a new beginning here, but now Philly Mag has also tackled the topic.
More from Philly Mag’s article:
When New York City rezoned industrial sections of Brooklyn a decade ago, Williamsburg and Greenpoint boomed, becoming the expensive hipster meccas they are today. Some think the effect on Washington Avenue could be similar.
“This has the chance to be more than a neighborhood commercial district. It could be a larger commercial district,” says John Grady, president of the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation. “It could also be a connector between the eastern and western parts of the city, which could stimulate investment. The more people are able to move around, the more attractive it is for employers to locate here.”
But in community meetings and on private Facebook groups, there is fierce debate over how — and even whether — Washington Avenue ought to change. Should it stay weird, or be gussied up? Does it really make sense to send industry packing to make room for still-more residential development? Will there still be a place for longtime residents — and low income ones — on this reinvented corridor? Can Washington Avenue evolve, and keep its soul, its inimitable character, intact?
You can check out the rest of their story here.