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Ports Approach neighbourhood

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Mayor Browne


The Ports Approach is a small borough sandwiched between the highly dense and low rent neighbourhoods aligning the Royal Ports to its south, St. Paul’s Borough to the north and Oak Temple and Can Town to the west and east respectively. Much of the land in the neighbouring land is occupied by heavy industries, port/dockland activities and vast swathes of residential tracts. Social housing in neighbouring boroughs is very high, although the low rent housing in Ports Approach is predominantly private sector, land-lord owned tenement apartments.

Tenement blocks in Ports Approach:


Somewhat similar to tenement blocks that can still be found in the South Bronx, the large blocks tower

over the streets and in some cases provide poor conditions for families, as families here tend to be

large and cramped into these living conditions/environments. The area became popular for low rent

immigrants due to its location around some of the important rail trade/freight routes from the ports into

the main-lands of the New World Islands.

Tenements occupied by Italian immigrants:


Tenement style housing in Ports Approach:



Industrial land uses along railways leading to the Royal Ports:


During the period between 1880 and 1930, Imperial City, like many cities in the North West of the United States experienced a large surge of immigration from Italy. Many of the Italians who settled in Imperial City formed

strong communities, mainly based around dockland areas and districts close to the ports. Much of the first economic activity within these communities was based around dockland activity and the associated trades.

Ports Approach was like some of the Italian communities in American cities like New York and Chicago, with a

strong sense of community cohesion and a code of silence surrounding the illegal activities carried out by mobs formed by those predominantly of Sicilian ancestry. The Gambalino Crime Family first established protection rackets on small businesses in Ports Approach before later expanding into neighbouring boroughs and building a wider base of operations. Joey’s Meat Parlour was one of the gang’s bases.

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