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    • Councilman Kenyatta Johnson during Thursday's eminent domain hearing. | Jared Brey, PlanPhilly
    • The current Columbia Avenue and a prospective future

Ideas for the Columbia Avenue Connector project

The Columbia Avenue of the future will likely be lined with trees, but just how many specimens remains under discussion.Some neighbors of the Fishtown street are concerned about sacrificing parking…

    • Councilman Brian O'Neill at Bustleton meeting

Zoning code versus Northeast politics

By Ian Romano and Megan PaoliniFor Philadelphia Neighborhoods Councilman Brian O’Neill, who sits on the Zoning Code Commission, said he thinks the zoning code is a disaster for regions outside…



Ashton is a neighborhood in Northeast Philadelphia. It includes Wooden Bridge run and is south to Pennypack Park. It is located in the vicinity of the Northeast Philadelphia Airport.

Ashton was originally a farmland owned by Thomas Holmes. Holmes emancipated his slaves upon his death.  As a result, many of their descendants owned much of the area. On Ashton Road sits their Bethany A.M.E Church which is known to be on of the oldest African-American churches.

Prior to the Act of Consolidation, it was a part of the former Delaware Township. After the Act of Consolidation, it was incorporated into the city of Philadelphia.  The name “Wooden Bridge” comes from Wooden Bridge Run, which is a creek that flows in the northern portion of Ashton. The name “Ashton-Wooden Bridge” started in the 1970s. 

Today, there are remnants of the slave decedent community that can still be seen near present-day Holme Circle. The housing stock consists primarily of row homes, townhouses and apartments. 

community groups: Ashton Square Civic Association


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