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Bella Vista

    • Today the bike lanes that exist on portions of Washington Ave are faded almost beyond recognition

Bike lanes, angle parking, realignment coming to Washington Avenue

Washington Avenue today is hectic. It’s a major east-west corridor. It sees heavy traffic from delivery trucks that load and unload in the street or on the sidewalks. Cars park in…

    • Produce stand, Italian Market

Italian Market seeking new curbside stand vendors

Right now about half of the 160 curbside stands in 9th Street's "Italian Market" are empty, but this year expect to see some of the vacant spots between Christian and Federal…

    • The 9th Street market is the last in the city to maintain curbside stands.

Empty Italian Market stands could fill up soon

Curbside markets used to line parts of 2nd, 4th, 7th and 9th streets. But South 9th Street’s "Italian Market" is the only survivor of its kind. Since the turn of the…

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ABOUT BELLA VISTA

Bella Vista, Italian for “beautiful view,” is a neighborhood in Central Philadelphia. It extends from 6th Street to 11th Street and from South Street to Washington Avenue. This area was originally settled by Italian immigrants from Spadafora, Sicily. As more Italian immigrants arrived in Philadelphia, they tended to gravitate towards this neighborhood, making it the first true Italian American neighborhood in the city. The architecture of this area has ranged from Federal buildings, Colonial buildings, Victorian buildings, and post-Victorian buildings, some of which are still standing today complete with their original facades. The Palumbo Restaurant family, who also gave their name to the local park, built housing in this area for the many Italian immigrants who poured into the area in the 19th century. At the beginning of the 20th century, the residents of this area founded the Italian Market, making it possibly the oldest open air market in the country. Today the area is still mostly populated by Italian Americans, but there has been a recent influx of Vietnamese and Mexican immigrants who are both residents and merchants. The neighborhood is also popular with artists and contains many independent galleries.
 
 

UPCOMING EVENTS IN BELLA VISTA

  • May 3, 2014
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