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    • Paul Levy at the ceremonial groundbreaking for Phase I of the Rail Park, October 31, 2016 | Emma Lee / WHYY

First phase of Rail Park construction underway

On Monday afternoon, a large crowd clustered around the mouth of the Reading Viaduct for the long-anticipated groundbreaking of a project that would transform the long defunct railway into a public…

    • 4th + Callowhill: view from north | Cecil Baker, Studio Bryan Hanes - CDR presentation Oct. 2016

Design committee disappointed in Housing Authority HQ, mixed reviews for Center City, East Falls, Packer Park developments

Tuesday’s Civic Design Review (CDR) committee marked the longest single session in the board’s history, clocking in at well over four hours. Of the seven projects considered three were asked to…

    • Rail Park Phase 1 Callowhill terminus | Studio Bryan Hanes

Full funding secured for phase one of Rail Park

Here’s a burst of sunshine on this otherwise dreary and wet Friday. The Pennsylvania Office of the Budget quietly released a list of Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grants, including one…

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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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