Spring Garden is a valley community, centered upon Spring Garden Avenue. During the period of its initial growth in the mid-1800s, Spring Garden was primarily industrial in nature. It was a center of meat packing, tanning, and soap production businesses. The largely German and Austrian workforce of these industries sought to live close to their places of work, and the demand was quickly met by early housing developers of the area. Today, Spring Garden retains much of its original industrial feel while also remaining a cohesive community of many long-time and cultural residents.