Olde Richmond, Philadelphia
|Area code(s)||Area code 215|
Olde Richmond is a neighborhood in the River Wards section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is notable for its historically large Polish immigrant, Polish American community, and Irish American community. The U.S. zip code for Olde Richmond is 19125 and its Post Office is located at 1602 Frankford Avenue (in Fishtown).
The neighborhood is bounded by East Lehigh Avenue to the northeast, the Delaware River to the east, Trenton Avenue to the northwest and York Street to the southwest. Some consider Frankford Avenue to be the northwestern boundary of the neighborhood, however general consensus among residents is that those who live northwest of Trenton Avenue live in Kensington.
While some refer to Olde Richmond as "Port Richmond", this is a misnomer. There is a neighboring community called Port Richmond, which is located to the northeast of East Lehigh Avenue. Although similar in name, the communities do differ, and there are many reasons for the confusion. (One example includes the seemingly erroneously named "Port Richmond Village" shopping center located at York Street and Aramingo Avenue. The shopping center is not located in Port Richmond and is not a village.) Some area residents refer to a small section or portion of Olde Richmond as "Cione", which refers to the Cione Playground and Recreation Center, which is located at 2600 Aramingo Avenue. Adjacent neighborhoods are Port Richmond to the northeast, Kensington to the northwest, and Fishtown to the south/southwest.
The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) offers regular bus routes that easily connect Olde Richmond to Center City, West Philadelphia, South Philadelphia, and the Northeast. SEPTA bus routes 15, 25, 39, 43, and 89 service the community. SEPTA Route 15, a surface line trolley running along Girard Avenue and Richmond Street, services the community; however Route 15 from the intersection of Frankford and Girard Avenues to the Westmoreland Loop is temporarily serviced by bus as portions of Richmond Street and Girard Avenue are affected by the construction at the Girard Avenue Interchange of U.S. Interstate 95.
Nearby rapid transit stops of the Market–Frankford Line (commonly referred to as the "EL" or the "Blue Line") include Spring Garden Station (connection to Route 25 and Route 43), Girard Station (connection to Route 15), Berks Station (connection to Route 3), and York–Dauphin Station (connection to Route 39 and Route 89).
Roads and Highways
Automobile continues to be a popular method of transportation for area residents. By highway, Olde Richmond is conveniently accessible to Center City (just one exit off the Vine Street Expressway/Interstate 676), South Philadelphia, and Northeast Philadelphia and nearby large city streets and avenues include Aramingo Avenue, Richmond Street, York Street, Lehigh Avenue, and Frankford Avenue. Interstate 95 is easily accessed by the Girard Avenue exit of the highway. Interstate 95 South on-ramp is accessible by way of Aramingo Avenue-south, and while under construction, the 95 North on-ramp is accessible by following Richmond Street-north to Castor Avenue (the Allegheny/Castor Exit of Interstate 95). The neighborhood is also located just north of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and south of the Betsy Ross Bridge, making parts of south New Jersey, such as Camden County also easily accessible.
In recent years, Olde Richmond has experienced an increase in bike lanes on neighborhood roadways including portions of York Street, Lehigh Avenue, Aramingo Avenue, and Richmond Street. Bicycle lanes easily connect Olde Richmond to nearby neighborhoods, such as Fishtown and Port Richmond, as well as connect to major roadways, such as Delaware Avenue and Frankford Avenue. Additional bicycle lanes and walking paths are to be constructed with the completion of the Girard Avenue Interchange Improvement Project.
External Links to Community Resources
- Olde Richmond Civic Association
- Moyer Street Park - Fundraiser
- Olde Richmond Town Watch
- Sustainable 19125 & 19134 Initiative
- New Kensington Community Development Corporation
- Revive 95 - Girard Avenue Interchange Improvement Project
- Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia
- Kensington Community Food Co-Op