From May 26 to June 25, the Bridesburg section of Philadelphia reported zero violent crimes, making it the only neighborhood in the city that can stake such a claim, according to a live-tracking data set compiled by the Federal Census Bureau and the Philadelphia Police Department.
The working class neighborhood is tucked away in North Philadelphia, nuzzled up to the Delaware River and framed in by now-shuttered factories. Some in the community credit the area’s isolation, and thus its small-town feel, with its safety.
“There’s basically one road in and one road out,” said Darlene O’Brien, a Bridesburg resident and bartender at What’s Its Name Pub.
Carmine Sirrani, an Italian immigrant and owner of Carmine’s Advanced Hair Systems & Hair Styling, said one of the big selling points when he first moved to