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    • Ridge Flats, rendering looking north | May 2016

Ridge Flats gets okay from Civic Design Review

In offering two pages of detailed commentary, they did not go easily into that good night. Still, the Civic Design Review Board (CDR) eased the way for Ridge Flats, a mixed-use…

    • 30th Street Bridge after officials threw the switch

Eyes on the Trail: Officials respond to Schuylkill River crime with lighting and town watch

Emil Nunez liked to walk along the Schuylkill River Trail. During the day, he could admire the trail’s handful of landscaped gardens, the silty river’s languid tranquility, and the statues dotted…

    • New entrance, landscaping and bench at Laurel Hill Cemetery

Spotted: Just off the Schuylkill River Trail, a new entrance to Laurel Hill Cemetery

For years and years, well-to-do Philadelphians have been just dying to get into Laurel Hill Cemetery. But thanks to a recently completed traffic calming and storm water management project, gaining access…

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ABOUT EAST FALLS

East Falls, named after the rapids that used to run down the Schuylkill River, is a neighborhood in North West Philadelphia. The neighborhood is bordered by the Wissahickon Avenue to the Schuylkill River and from Lincoln Drive to Roosevelt Boulevard. The East Falls original inhabitants, the Lenni-Lenape Indians, knew of the areas bountiful natural resources and established numerous camps in the area. By 1755 the Lenni-Lenape Indians fled their prized fishing spot, driven out by the New European colonists. The rivers fast moving current provided everything the community and city needed: food and hydropower. Residents at the time could hardly keep up with the abundance of catfish within the area, with a favorite dish of the time being “catfish and waffles”, an idea Mrs. Robert Watkins introduced at her acclaimed tavern the “Falls Tavern”. During the industrial revolution, the city of Philadelphia relied on the electrical power generated by the dam above East Falls to proved power for the factories and homes within the city. Today East Falls is home to numerous institutions and businesses, with other diverse and unique retail and recreational facilities opening up every year. East Falls prides itself on their vibrant history, active community, and attractive properties, which continue to establish East Falls as a vital part of Philadelphia. 

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East Falls Community Council 

East Falls News: "Fallser

East Falls Development Corporation

UPCOMING EVENTS IN EAST FALLS

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