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Fishing competition highlights improvements to Pleasant Hill Park [photos]

See the slideshow below from the park, with photos taken by Bill Achuff and Michelle Alton. If you didn't know about Pleasant Hill Park, you probably wouldn't be able to find…

Real NEastate: Will the seller wait for my credit score to go back up?

Q: I was all ready to buy my first home this Friday in East Torresdale but, even after being pre-approved a few months ago and after giving the mortgage company everything they…

NEast Links: Abuse verdict, mural designs, firefighter celebration

  Monsignor William Lynn was found guilty Friday of one count of child endangerment after being named last year in a grand jury report for allegedly helping to reassign Philadelphia priests…

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ABOUT EAST TORRESDALE

Torresdale

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.

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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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