Anyone who’s spent time walking or driving around the Fishtown or East Kensington areas is well aware of their differences from the straightforward Center City grid. Tiny, hidden streets abound, and the numbering of the houses in the neighborhood could confound even the most experienced city planner. Streets don’t travel in the familiar north/south/east/west direction, and many streets actually change their direction on either side of Frankford Ave.
The other day, we spotted an ongoing development on a little, semi-hidden street that we had never noticed before. Two houses are going up at 554-6 E. Hewson St., and just to make it easier for non-Fishtowners, here’s a map.
Ah, there she is
The developers are constructing two single family homes on a block that currently has but two other homes and several fenced-in empty lots.
A reader asked us about a newish foundation they noticed on tiny Clymer St. in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood.
Bulldozer is still there
Clymer St. only runs for two blocks in the neighborhood. The 2000 block is almost exclusively for rear (and often parking) access for homes on the 2000 blocks of Fitzwater and St. Albans Sts. The 2100 block of Clymer St. provides the same service to the 2100 block of St. Albans St., but has little houses on its northern side. This means that people who live on Clymer St. have a permanent view of the backs of the houses on St. Albans St. On the other hand, because the street dead ends before 22nd St., it likely provides a little more peace and quiet than most.
Not a big street