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    • 27th Street and Girard Ave.

Committee reviews projects on East Market and West Girard

On Tuesday, developers presented plans to the Civic Design Review committee for a mixed-use apartment and retail complex at the long-vacant corner of 27th Street and Girard Avenue. The project, which…

    • Long-time city planner Richard Redding on his Chestnut Hill porch

Reflections on 40 years of Philadelphia City planning

Newly retired Richard Redding reflects on Northeast Philadelphia, zoning by variance and ordinance, community redevelopment and gentriciation PlanPhilly sat down with recently retired Philadelphia City Planning Commission Planning Division Director Richard…

    • philadelphia zoning map

Remapping is what's happening: Committee approves a slate of zoning changes

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission has been working for more than three years on a neighborhood-by-neighborhood remapping process that’s intended to update the city’s zoning maps to reflect the types of…

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ABOUT BREWERYTOWN

Brewerytown, named because of its quantity of breweries in the 19th and 20th centuries, is a neighborhood in Lower North Philadelphia. The area extends from the Schuylkill River to 25th Street and from Cecil B. Moore Avenue to Parish Street. The area became known as Brewerytown as early as the 1860s, when the area was filled with small brewers and distillation facilities. The area flourished because of its close proximity the river and nearby farmland. However by the 20th century, Prohibition had driven most of the local brewers to the Midwest. By 1987, every single brewer in Brewerytown had vanished. The area quickly lost its charm and became engulfed in crime. The neighborhood was soon deemed blighted by the city government. In 1991, the National Register of Historic Places certified Brewerytown as a historical district. Today the area has seen a kind of gentrification with an increase in property values and a heavy influx of young professionals and businesses moving into the neighborhood. 

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UPCOMING EVENTS IN BREWERYTOWN

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