Pennsport lies below Queen Village in South Philadelphia. It is home to the Mummers Museum and is close to many shopping centers on Columbus Boulevard. Its proximity to Washington Avenue provides convenient access to the Italian Market and Queen Village/South Street area.
Where is Pennsport and what is going on there? Ask around and you will find that not many people are quite sure. Most can tell you that it's the place to go watch the Mummers Parade.
Pennsport is one of the Philadelphia subdivisions that are considered an "up and coming" neighborhood. Located just south of Queen Village from Washington Avenue to Snyder Avenue and between south 4th Street and the Delaware River, Pennsport is a fantastic area with a ton of history as a port town.
Today I decided to get an inside perspective from one of Pennsport's residents, Denise Lopez. Denise and her husband Pat Lopez and their 3 beautiful children have been living in the area for about 15 years. So, I consider her an authority and a good source into what life is really like in Pennsport.
Me: Give it to me straight, Denise. What is your favorite thing about living in Pennsport?
Denise: First, I really enjoy the convenience most of all. I can go shopping for the family, pop onto I-95 with ease, go to Jersey in a snap, and enjoy Center City because it is all so close to our house. My second favorite thing about living in Pennsport is that there was a variety of schools for me to choose from for my kids. I had 3 picks including public school, parochial school and a charter school. Plus there are great local art and music programs. That is important to me.
Me: So, where do you go to just hang out in the neighborhood?
Denise: Well, I like the three local spots. Witch, Valentinos, and Ugly American. With names like those, who can resist? They are fantastic spots and all in walking distance from our home. My family enjoys the park at south 2nd and Reed. It is a "spray park" and the kids love it in the summer.
Me: Is there anything else you can think of that you believe is worth sharing with folks who are not familiar with Pennsport?
Denise: Yes. The great thing about this area is that there is a new wave of folks moving in. I volunteer at the library at Snyder and south 2nd Street. I see a lot of new faces. It is exciting. People can find a great starter home here or something a little more expensive and the best part of it, it works! It is a really tight South Philadelphia neighborhood.
Living here is great because we are so close to the Delaware River. We see every fireworks display, special event, and music venue featured at Penns Landing. The Mummers actually dance down my street every New Year and the Mummers Museum is right here in Pennsport at south 2nd and Washington Avenue. The Italian Market is a must see for everyone, even tourists. It is located at 9th and Washington and it is an amazing experience for people who have never been to our outside market.
It really is a great place to live.
Me: Wow! Thanks for sharing all of that with me Denise. I know I appreciate it and I am sure those people who are looking to learn more about Pennsport will find your thoughts extremely insightful.
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