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Old 10-20-2019, 04:23 PM
 
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Hey guys, just curious as to how Roxborough-Manayunk is viewed in terms of its future. Will it remain a stable, nice neighborhood? Does anyone feel as though it could decline like places in the lower northeast? Just curious!
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Old 10-20-2019, 06:26 PM
 
Location: Germantown, Philadelphia
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Hey guys, just curious as to how Roxborough-Manayunk is viewed in terms of its future. Will it remain a stable, nice neighborhood? Does anyone feel as though it could decline like places in the lower northeast? Just curious!
Roxborough and Manayunk are surrounded mostly by stable middle-class or higher neighborhoods that also show no signs of deteriorating.

East Falls lies to the east of both, and it hasn't changed much over the last three decades or so. Abutting East Falls is Germantown's more generally affluent west side.

The Wissahickon Creek borders Roxborough on the northeast, which keeps it relatively isolated from the rest of the city (there's really only two ways into the neighborhood from points south, and only two roads from upper Northwest Philadelphia cross the creek into Roxborough).

I don't see much likelihood either neighborhood will change for the worse in the foreseeable future.
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Old 10-21-2019, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Pocopson
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It has been on the uptrend for the past 10-20 years, and I see it continuing. It has bars/restaurants (albeit geared towards twenty-somethings), it's walkable and has good train access into Center City. It's a relatively safe, interesting area in a convenient location.

Its appeal has always been its affordability, which resulted from its historically blue-collar background with cramped/spartan housing, horrible parking situations, treacherous hills in the winter, and Schuylkill Expressway traffic. Its nightlife scene adds vibrancy, but also the drawbacks of drunk kids roaming the streets. And being part of Philadelphia, it has Philly public schools which scare some families away. Do not live here if you like nice cars, as every car inevitably accumulates major dings/dents/scratches there.

As its housing values rise, real estate prices will be limited by the above setbacks. Upper class families will continue to pay a premium to live on the Main Line, but Manayunk will always appeal to twenty-somethings, bohemians, empty nesters and families looking for great bang for the buck.
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Old 10-21-2019, 09:58 AM
 
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It has been on the uptrend for the past 10-20 years, and I see it continuing. It has bars/restaurants (albeit geared towards twenty-somethings), it's walkable and has good train access into Center City. It's a relatively safe, interesting area in a convenient location.

Its appeal has always been its affordability, which resulted from its historically blue-collar background with cramped/spartan housing, horrible parking situations, treacherous hills in the winter, and Schuylkill Expressway traffic. Its nightlife scene adds vibrancy, but also the drawbacks of drunk kids roaming the streets. And being part of Philadelphia, it has Philly public schools which scare some families away. Do not live here if you like nice cars, as every car inevitably accumulates major dings/dents/scratches there.

As its housing values rise, real estate prices will be limited by the above setbacks. Upper class families will continue to pay a premium to live on the Main Line, but Manayunk will always appeal to twenty-somethings, bohemians, empty nesters and families looking for great bang for the buck.
Manayunk has been trending the way you describe since the 80s. Changes were actually afoot in the late 70s. In other words longer than you seem to be aware of. That time in the 70s was when its distinctive blue-collar character was altering.
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Old 10-21-2019, 10:48 AM
 
Location: North Jackson
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Roxborough is large, and includes much more than just the more crowded parts near Manayunk.
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Old 10-21-2019, 12:01 PM
 
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My soon-to-be brother in law and his fiancee bought a house in Roxborough recently, and they love it. There's definitely still a lot of the old close-knit neighborhood vibe, but there's also some new places opening on Ridge Ave, and more buzz about it as a destination.

There's something to be said for city living with many of the same conveniences but a little more space and greenery, and many parts of the Rox offer that in spades. I think it will only become more and more popular in the coming years.
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Old 10-21-2019, 04:44 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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These city neighborhoods are very attractive for the tens of thousands of city residents who reside in the city but work in the suburbs.

They give you a 15/20 minute edge in terms of getting to the Pennsylvania suburb job hubs of Bala, Conshy, KOP, Ft. Washington, Malvern, etc.

But still give you the convenience of getting into Center City for an evening out, with an easy 15 minute lyft ride.

They will remain stable and strong for years to come.
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Old 10-21-2019, 05:58 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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It has been on the uptrend for the past 10-20 years, and I see it continuing. It has bars/restaurants (albeit geared towards twenty-somethings), it's walkable and has good train access into Center City. It's a relatively safe, interesting area in a convenient location.

Its appeal has always been its affordability, which resulted from its historically blue-collar background with cramped/spartan housing, horrible parking situations, treacherous hills in the winter, and Schuylkill Expressway traffic. Its nightlife scene adds vibrancy, but also the drawbacks of drunk kids roaming the streets. And being part of Philadelphia, it has Philly public schools which scare some families away. Do not live here if you like nice cars, as every car inevitably accumulates major dings/dents/scratches there.

As its housing values rise, real estate prices will be limited by the above setbacks. Upper class families will continue to pay a premium to live on the Main Line, but Manayunk will always appeal to twenty-somethings, bohemians, empty nesters and families looking for great bang for the buck.
True for Manayunk, but Roxborough is a different animal. Parts of it are cramped, lack parking and it is farther from the train line. But get up towards Ridge and above and it spreads out, and loses the twentysomething feel. Its housing stock includes a lot of mid-century era twins but also some desirable single family homes.

With the Northeast side holding on or falling behind somewhat, I think Roxborough is poised to gain traction. Unlike the Northeast, there is no danger of spillover from adjacent, less desirable neighborhoods. And it definitely feels neighborhoody up there.
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Old 10-22-2019, 04:13 PM
 
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With Roxborough being as respectable as it is, the high school catchment is a different story. I'm under the impression students are shuttled from various areas to Roxborough High School to give it the reputation it has today.

One acquaintance told me he used to live in Roxborough and got things taken from him on 4-5 occasions and was glad to move out. He felt it might've been something about that particular building and/or particular small section.
A one-off situation, or any (potential) relation to the current high school dynamic?
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Old 10-22-2019, 08:23 PM
 
Location: West Philadelphia
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I don't see any signs that it is approaching decline.
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