Named a National Historic District in 1983 and a Classic Town by The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission in 2007, Manayunk is centrally located just 15 minutes from Center City Philadelphia, King of Prussia, Chestnut Hill, and The Main Line. Nestled along the banks of the Schuylkill River and the Manayunk Canal and Tow Path, the commercial district is lined with renovated Victorian storefronts and mill buildings giving you an urban experience with small town charm. The history of Manayunk, a section of Philadelphia along the Schuylkill River, is inextricably connected to the history of the canal that runs through the riverfront of this hilly neighborhood. In the present day, the canal is a key element of the Manayunk Main Street Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In addition, the canal itself is listed on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places. The two-mile canal section through Manayunk, which provided waterpower for factories as well as a route for transportation, quickly transformed this small settlement into an industrial behemoth that was dubbed ‚Äúthe Manchester of America‚Ä? in reference to England‚Äôs major textile-producing city. Employing thousands of workers and producing millions of dollars of goods each year, Manayunk played a key role in the industrialization of Philadelphia in the 19th century, which itself earned a nickname ‚ÄúThe Workshop of the World.‚Ä? Formed in 1992, the Manayunk Development Corporation is a nonprofit with a mission for business and community development. As a business development organization, MDC takes primary responsibility for the management, promotion, and positive business development of the Main Street business district. As a community development corporation, MDC cooperates with other civic and community organizations in the area to plan and carry out community programming and physical improvement projects of interest to both businesses and residents in Manayunk.