Once home to a thriving street filled with cart vendors and fabric stores, Fabric Row has slowly been fading into history as the carts were banned in the 1950s and many of the family-owned businesses have closed their doors due to lack of succession. After falling into disrepair, there has been a significant effort at preserving the nature of an area of Philly that saw its peak during the 1950s. Today, there are still businesses along the "Row," and a number of apartments above them are still in use. There are several restaurants in the area worth checking out and an animal hospital on Bainbridge. Pet supply stores are within driving distance as are dog parks.
Summers here can be beautiful with long sunny days and temperatures to suit. Winters tend to be harsh when the winds are blowing and the snow is flying, but spring and fall are perfect for going out walking.
When it comes to the terrain along 3rd Street, you have a choice between pavement and more pavement. Walking here can be challenging as it takes time for your dog's paws to get adjusted to the rough surface. The Bainbridge Green runs down the middle of Bainbridge St., but it's not for you to walk on. This is just a small section of trees and flowers in the middle of the street with a fence around it. Still, with a little creativity, you and your dog can try going around different blocks to get in your exercise.
One thing to keep in mind is that during the summer months, the pavement can become hot enough to cause burns and discomfort to sensitive puppy paws. For a quick test, place the back of your hand on the pavement. If you can't hold it there for at least ten seconds, it's too hot for your dog!
While 3rd Street might have once been "the" place to go for fabrics, it has never been the place to go for green spaces. In fact, other than the tiny patch of green between 3rd and 4th Street on Bainbridge, you have no choice but to stick your dog in the car and going for a long drive.
There a few small parks in the area along the banks of the Delaware River. For a park large enough to do some serious walking, you have a choice between the FDR Park and the Schuylkill River Park to the west. Both of these parks have plenty of room to stretch your legs, trails to walk along, and places for you and your family take picnics. Whether you go for one of the small parks nearby or take the drive to one of the larger parks, the thing to remember is that your dog needs exercise every day if you want them to stay healthy!