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    • Stairs up to the Rail Park from the 1100 block of Callowhill, May 2018 / Neal Santos for PlanPhilly

In Common: Rail Park opens, carrying the freight of a changing neighborhood

What does it mean to create a new park in a changing, sometimes contested neighborhood? Next in our series about Philly's changing public spaces, Ashley Hahn takes a deep dive into…

    • A 2011 view of the elevated Reading Viaduct in the Callowhill neighborhood

In the emerging Callowhill neighborhood, making their bid for a Business Improvement District

The old factory district between Vine Street and Spring Garden is one of the last Center City-adjacent neighborhoods pocked by empty lots and vacant storefronts. Many have tried to name the…

    • Rail Park Phase 1 Callowhill terminus | Studio Bryan Hanes

Rail Park announces June 14 opening, new executive director

Philadelphia's hotly anticipated, High Line-esque Rail Park will open to the public on June 14 with a new leader and freshly installed benches for summertime people watching. The June 14 opening will…

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ABOUT CALLOWHILL

 

Callowhill is a neighborhood in Center City Philadelphia. It is located in the area surrounding Callowhill Street, bound by Vine Street, Broad Street, Spring Garden Street, and 8th Street. Prior to the 1840s, Callowhill was mostly farmland. Following the construction of the Baldwin Locomotive Company factory in the 1830s, the area started to become industrialized. Soon afterward, families arrived to work in the factories and the area became a both an industrial and residential neighborhood. In 1897, Callowhill gained its defining feature: the Reading Viaduct, built as a commuter train trestle for the Reading Railroad. Starting in the 1960s, the population of the Callowhill neighborhood began to decline as its residents and businesses moved to other parts of the city and to the suburbs. In the 1990s, Callowhill’s population began to increase. Old factories were revitalized and neglected spaces turned into popular loft housing. Today the population of Callowhill is relatively small compared to other parts of the city. Founded in 2000, the Callowhill Civic Association promotes the community and assists development in the neighborhood through Neighborhood Cleanups, Block Captains, Litter Can Program, and a Town Watch Program.

RESOURCES

Callowhill Civic Association

Reading Viaduct Project

PhillyHistory Blog on Callowhill

Wikipedia on Callowhill

 

Callowhill is a neighborhood in Center City Philadelphia. It is located in the area surrounding Callowhill Street, bound by Vine Street, Broad Street, Spring Garden Street, and 8th Street. Prior to the 1840s, Callowhill was mostly farmland. Following the construction of the Baldwin Locomotive Company factory in the 1830s, the area started to become industrialized. Soon afterward, families arrived to work in the factories and the area became a both an industrial and residential neighborhood. In 1897, Callowhill gained its defining feature: the Reading Viaduct, built as a commuter train trestle for the Reading Railroad. Starting in the 1960s, the population of the Callowhill neighborhood began to decline as its residents and businesses moved to other parts of the city and to the suburbs. In the 1990s, Callowhill’s population began to increase. Old factories were revitalized and neglected spaces turned into popular loft housing. Today the population of Callowhill is relatively small compared to other parts of the city. Founded in 2000, the Callowhill Civic Association promotes the community and assists development in the neighborhood through Neighborhood Cleanups, Block Captains, Litter Can Program, and a Town Watch Program.

RESOURCES

Callowhill Civic Association

Reading Viaduct Project

PhillyHistory Blog on Callowhill

Wikipedia on Callowhill

UPCOMING EVENTS IN CALLOWHILL

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