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    • Fruit Sample, Photo by David Swift Photography

Property owners vote down 9th Street Business Improvement District

The 9th Street Business Improvement District (BID), which would have covered the Italian Market and its surrounding blocks, was defeated by a vote of the affected property owners this week. Councilman…

    • 9th Street Stock Exchange: Vintage fiction from Molly’s Books and Records inside Fante’s Kitchen Shop | Catalina Jaramillo

Art project asks 9th Street Market vendors to get into each other’s business

The relationship between Italians and Mexicans in the Italian Market, as described by Raúl Aguilar, owner of Los Amigos, a 7-year-old meat market in 9th and Montrose streets, goes like this:…

    • 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…

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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.
 
 

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