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    • Chinatown's plaza over the Vine Street Expressway

Residents discuss capping Vine Street Expressway, other remedies at U.S. DOT forum

Barrier. Obstacle. Divider. Nobody at last week’s Every Place Counts meeting had anything nice to say about the Vine Street Expressway when asked for one-word descriptions of the submerged highway. But…

    • U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announces that Philadelphia is one of four cities to win his department’s “Every Place Counts” design challenge.

Philadelphia wins U.S. DOT design challenge to reduce impact of Vine Street Expressway on Chinatown/Callowhill

Flanked by local politicians, United States Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx announced on Monday that Philadelphia was one of four cities to win his Every Place Counts Challenge. Philly’s prize: a…

    • Sunday Breakfast Farm | photo by Sang Cun

Praxis Dialogues: Collaborative works by Asian Arts Initiative and Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission

On April 11, PennPraxis and PlanPhilly will present Praxis Dialogues, a conversation about what the notion of “public good” means in terms of public arts and culture. We're sharing…

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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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