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East Torresdale

    • Pleasant Hill Park fishing pond c. 2008 | DRCC

State-funded improvements coming to Pleasant Hill Park

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has committed $318,000 toward Pleasant Hill Park, a riverfront park in East Torresdale. NEast Philly reports that the funding will be used to…

    • Liddonfield public housing before demolition. | via google street view

Holy Family's proposal for Liddonfield site has broad community support

The Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) has 20 proposals for the former Liddonfield public housing site in Upper Holmesburg. Although the site's future remains uncertain, as previously reported here, many community members…

    • The current Columbia Avenue and a prospective future

Ideas for the Columbia Avenue Connector project

The Columbia Avenue of the future will likely be lined with trees, but just how many specimens remains under discussion.Some neighbors of the Fishtown street are concerned about sacrificing parking…




Torresdale is a neighborhood in the Far Northeast of Philadelphia. It’s nestled along the Delaware River next to Holmesburg and Bensalem Township in Bucks County. The spot where Poquessing Creek joins the Delaware River was originally selected by William Penn's surveyor, Thomas Holme, as the site for Philadelphia. Although that did not work out, Holme acquired property there. Torresdale, along with Holmesburg to its south and Andalusia to its north, had been Philadelphia's most exquisite suburban neighborhood. Torresdale is the site of Holy Family University. In the mid 1600s the area was settled by the Swedes. Torresdale is named after the Scottish home of Charles Macalester, the man who originally owned the land. The land was bought in 1850 where Macalester built his summer home. Torresdale was home to many prominent Philadelphians and is rich in history. In the latter part of the 1800s, many mansions and fine homes were built throughout the neighborhood.  Wealthy families and bussiness owners were the primary residents of the community during that time. The nearby Delaware river that borders along Torresdale was a popular recreation spot in the early 20th century. Today, Torresdale remains a residential area with an accessible SEPTA Regional Rail transit station in the neighborhood.

Holy Family University
Holy Family University is a fully accredited Catholic, private, co-educational, four-year university located in the Torresdale section of Philadelphia.


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