Every third Saturday if the month, the PPL conducts an instructional “documentary photo-walk” in a different neighborhood of our fair city.
The location selected for March was Manayunk,
Manayunk is a neighborhood in the northwestern section of the city. Located on the banks of the Schuylkill River, it contains the first canal begun in the United States.The area’s name comes from the language of the Lenape Indians (later called the Delaware Indians by Europeans). In 1686-dated papers between William Penn and the Lenape, they referred to the Schuylkill River as “Manaiung”, their word for “river”, which literally translates as “place to drink”; the word was later altered and adopted as the town’s name.
Although historically a working class community, in recent years the neighborhood has been substantially gentrified. While there is still a working class population within the neighborhood, the population has shifted to younger upper middle class professionals and families. Additionally, the nightlife in Manayunk draws visitors from all over the Delaware Valley, as well as some international visitors.
Here are of few shots from our recent walk…
April’s location is the Pier 70 area of South Philly, check out all the details on our meetup site, HERE.