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Grappling with preservation in Overbrook Farms

    • 1896 Plan of Overbrook Farms with rough outline of proposed historic district boundaries overlaid.
      1896 Plan of Overbrook Farms with rough outline of proposed historic district boundaries overlaid.

What the heck is going on with the Overbrook Farms Historic District? Everything and nothing, apparently.

The Historical Commission has been working on creating a local historic district for Overbrook Farms for years at the behest of the Overbrook Farms Club. But when notice finally came that the district was coming up for designation, some residents felt blindsided. The Commission has twice honored requests – from Fourth District Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. [pdf] and most recently from Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger [pdf] – to hold off on voting on the Overbrook Farms Historic District. Greenberger asked for the proposal to be tabled so that his office could get up to speed on the debate surrounding the proposed district. So, as JoAnn Greco reported for PlanPhilly, the Historical Commission suspended the designation of Overbrook Farms indefinitely, promising to take the matter up “in the near future.”

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About the author

Ashley Hahn, Editor, Eyes on the Street

Ashley writes and edits Eyes on the Street. She has a special interest in preservation, neighborhoods, and all things public – from policy to art. Ashley holds masters degrees in City and Regional Planning and Historic Preservation from PennDesign.

Ashley has lived in 12 zip codes that she can think of, including neighborhoods in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, New York and Philadelphia. She is proud to call 19147 home. 

Find Ashley on twitter @ashleyjhahn.



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