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    • Conrad St. demolition / Bas Slabbers for Newsworks

Blighted East Falls house, once the cause of protest, now being torn down

A deteriorating house in East Falls that sparked a protest last year — and many years of neighbors' discontent — is finally, if slowly, being razed by its owner. The house…

    • Ridge Flats development 'one step' closer to reality

Ridge Flats development 'one step' closer to reality

Ridge Flats, the innovative and long-awaited residential development planned in East Falls, is apparently moving forward with a stronger financial foundation.  Grasso Holdings, which partnered with the developer Onion Flats, purchased…

    • Plans for Kelly Drive and Laurel Hill

PHS begins to plant plans for transformed spaces, including new Kelly Drive entrance for Laurel Hill

In 2013, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society identified seven areas across the city where its Civic Landscape Initiative would work to “transform the landscape” and create “memorable public art spaces.” While that…

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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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