Fifth Street Merchants Association (Philadelphia, Pa.) records

The Fifth Street Merchants Association was formed in 1975 to represent the interests of merchants within the so-called ``Golden Block," the Fifth Street corridor bordered by Lehigh Avenue on the north and Allegheny Avenue on the south in North Philadelphia. Membership consisted primarily of Sp...

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Main Author: Fifth Street Merchants Association (Philadelphia, Pa.) (Creator)
Collection:Fifth Street Merchants Association (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records
Collection Number:MSS118
Format: Manuscript
Language:Spanish
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Physical Description: 2.2 Linear feet 2.2 linear feet, 2 boxes
Summary: The Fifth Street Merchants Association was formed in 1975 to represent the interests of merchants within the so-called ``Golden Block," the Fifth Street corridor bordered by Lehigh Avenue on the north and Allegheny Avenue on the south in North Philadelphia. Membership consisted primarily of Spanish-speaking persons, mainly Puerto Ricans, who were numerically the largest group in the neighborhood. The organization engaged in a variety of activites, namely the sponsorship of workshops and advertising promotions to foster business in the area. The Fifth Street Merchants Assocation also worked to provide a link between merchants and the surrounding residential community and frequently acted as a liason between the city government and the district, lobbying for municipal services such as better police protection and street repairs. This collection is made up of a small amount of meeting minutes, correspondence, and financial statements and receipts. While the collection contains minutes from a 1987 meeting, the primary focus is on the earlier period. Also included are a number of neighborhood maps that detail proposed Fifth Street parking improvements.