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Neighborhood Profile: ROXBOROUGH

Posted on: March 4, 2013

History:  Most of modern day Roxborough was once part of Roxborough Township which was incorporated into the City of Philadelphia following the passage of the Act of Consolidation, 1854. At this time Roxborough was the home of the areas wealthiest; the owners of the Manayunk mills. These mills didn’t just produce anything from textiles to plastic containers, they also produced exuberant fortunes for the mill owners, much of which was funneled back into the community. This money went into building build schools, parks, and even a large Victorian manor built for the area’s elderly women, The Roxborough Home for Women.

The commercial spine of the neighborhood is Ridge Avenue, which, as its name suggests, runs along the ridge between the Wissahickon Creek and the Schuylkill River. Most businesses are located on Ridge Avenue and most residents are within walking distance to it. Several coffee shops, like “Crossroads” a cafe built in an old shoe store, and restaurants, like local favorites Bob’s Diner and Roma’s Bakery, have opened recently, along with boutiques and yoga studios. (From Wikipedia)

Boundaries: Roxborough is bordered to the southwest, along the Schuylkill River, by Manayunk, to the northeast by the Wissahickon Creek section of Fairmount Park, and to the southeast by East Falls.

Zip Code:  19128

What To See / Do: Delaware Valley Opera CompanyManayunk-Roxborough Art Center, Wissahickon Valley

Dining, Shopping and Events: Explore Roxborough

Schools:  Public:  Roxborough High School, WB Saul High School, Cook Wissahickon, and Shawmont Elementary.

Private:  Roman Catholic High School and J.W. Hallahan High School

Public Transportation:  SEPTA’s Manayunk/Norristown Regional Rail line stops in the Wissahickon section of Roxborough, continues through Manayunk, and stops again at the Ivy Ridge station in Roxborough.

The neighborhood is also served by the SEPTA 35 Bus Route.

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