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Bella Vista

    • Throngs of cyclists and pedestrians taking advantage of a carless Saturday on South Street during the inaugural Philly Free Streets (Bas Slabbers/For WHYY)

Despite big crowds, first Philly Free Streets falls short of city’s stated goals

On Saturday, thousands of Philadelphians on bike and foot crowded South Street, attracted by the road’s closure to automobiles for Philly Free Streets. Children skipped, couples strolled, and bicyclists noted the…

    • Popen Streets

Open Streets announced for South Street and MLK Drive on Sept. 24

A slightly coy Deputy Managing Director Clarena Tolson spilled the beans about the city’s Open Streets plan to the Bella Vista Neighborhoods Association Tuesday evening. Tolson, who didn’t want to reveal…

    • Triangle Park at 601 Christian Street was fenced by its owner, Stuart Schlaffman, last week.

Zoning board rejects apartment proposal at 6th & Christian

The Zoning Board of Adjustment voted on Wednesday to deny a developer’s proposal to build a four-story apartment building and restaurant on a vacant triangle of land at 6th and Christian…



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.



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