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    • Ridge Flats, from Kelly Drive and Calumet | May 2016

Philadelphia University rezoning, Ridge Flats development approved by Planning Commission

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission (PCPC) unanimously approved a zoning change supporting Philadelphia University’s master plan for expansion at its meeting on Tuesday. The Civic Design Review committee narrowly approved the…

    • Philadelphia University, Institutional Plan - NW aerial view | CDR presentation, July 2016

Design committee narrowly approves Philadelphia University rezoning

“It seems that there was a PR miscalculation,” architect Cecil Baker said woefully. At first, the Civic Design Review (CDR) committee was optimistic about Philadelphia University’s proposal to rezone its campus…

    • 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…

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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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