Manayunk! A respectable family atmosphere until 7pm and frat boy debauchery until 2am. I took the bus from Broad & Carpenter, which runs express from City Hall (via 676 and the Schuylkill Expwy.) to the Wissahickon Transfer Center. All of the busses from Center City and beyond run Manayunk Ave. which is the boundary between Manayunk and Roxborough - or they run on Ridge Ave. which is well within Roxborough.
Roxborough is "up the hill" and Manayunk is "down the hill" in the physical sense and historically as a class division. To get into the heart of Manayunk one can take the 15 minute train ride from Market East or the 45 minute bus ride through some of the worst neighborhoods in Philly. I chose the 27 bus and Manayunk Ave. bus because it was hot out and i preferred to walk down the hill rather than up it.
Off the bus at the Manayunk/Roxborough border
New, steep-slope construction up the hill, new retaining walls and all.
Right next to those new houses, the street ends and the sidewalk (sort of)continues. I'm pretty sure only 3 of the streets actually go down the hill from Roxborough to Manayunk. It's just too steep of a grade.
When walking down the hill i was thinking this could be somewhere on the French/Swiss border - if not for the window A/C units.
The R6 viaduct - trains to Conshohocken and Norristown or to Center City
Down on Main St. a bit of Manayunk's industrial past now (what else?) condos!
The courtyard of said condos.
Banana Republic. Don't worry - there's also a Starbucks and a Pottery Barn. Manayunk changed so fast that most people didn't have a chance to blink. In less than two years it went from typical Appalachian mill town main st. to Princeton. There was so much pent-up demand across the river (the main line suburbs) for an urban shopping/recreation environment that it was almost like a tornado.