This report is about the bustling
and dense section of South
Philadelphia known as the Italian
It has a long and rich history.
•The Market Is located on Ninth
Street between Fitzwater and
•It stretches along Ninth Street, and
extends from storefronts to markets
on the sidewalks and sometimes in
•There is still a lot of
mixed-use zoning in
the market, but
originally many of the
shop owners lived
directly above their
•This is the place
where you find mom
and pop stores and
Although a few stores
have expanded outside
of Ninth Street.
•Began in mid 1880’s. Founded by
Antonio Palumbo, an Italian
•He opened up a boarding house,
occupied solely by Italians, and they
needed a place to shop and eat.
•In 1915 the South Ninth
Street Men’s Association,
comprised of second-
Americans, was formed.
•The market became a
popular place for
residents to shop. By the
1940’s, it had become
the largest and longest
outdoor Market in
•A major dock for passenger ships
from Europe was located on the
Delaware River at the foot of
Washington Avenue, the main east-
west thoroughfare. Immigrants would
walk off the ship and to nearby
•Most shop owners lived
above their stores or
rented out the space as a
•After World War II many
of Italians relocated,
along with the rest of
America. Moving to the
suburbs and South Jersey
but still ran their stores.
•There was a period of
blight in the neighborhood
and there were many
vacant storefronts and
The Markets Zip Code
The market is located in the 19147 zip code, and that is
what all of the demographics are of unless stated
• In 1870, there where only 561 Italians living in
• By 1920 44,000 Italians resided in South
Philadelphia, many of them clustered in row
homes near the Market.
• The majority of the stores were owned by
Italians during this time, as can be seen by
the food sold in the market.
• The Italian Market is located in the 19147 zip
code, with a population of 36,228 as of the
• The number of Hispanics in the zip code
account for 10 percent of the population
(3,654) with 2,106 of them Mexicans.
• Most of the Mexicans living in the area are
Income and Educational
• The median household income is
51,753 per year for this zip code
• While the mean is 76,510
• The median household income in
Philadelphia is 36,957 dollars per year
•The average value of a house in this neighborhood
Mexicans In the Neighborhood
• There were 6,200 Mexicans living in
Philadelphia in 2000.
• By 2010 there were 16,200 Mexicans living
• Most come from one part of Mexico, San
Mateo Ozolco in the county of Puebla.
• They often come with their relatives, leaving
the women and children at home.
• Transnationalism plays an integral part in
these peoples daily lives. They are
constantly sending money and
communicating with relatives in Mexico.
New Mexican surge
• There are now 27
Mexican business in the
market, including seven
grocery stores, two hair
salons, a record store,
and nine restaurants.
• Envios de Paquería is a
store in the market that
allows residents to send
money and packages
back to Mexico or their
Mexican’s Main Strip
• The area has changed from being the main
strip for Italian Americans to becoming the
main strip for Hispanics, specifically Mexicans
from San Mateo Ozolco.
• The market serves as a central shopping and
gathering place for people in the area, no
matter what ethnicity.
• For 150 years, the neighborhood served as
the first American home to new immigrants. It
fills that same role today.
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