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    • 27th Street and Girard Ave.

Committee reviews projects on East Market and West Girard

On Tuesday, developers presented plans to the Civic Design Review committee for a mixed-use apartment and retail complex at the long-vacant corner of 27th Street and Girard Avenue. The project, which…

    • 22nd St now
    • 22nd st bike lane

Councilman Bill Greenlee still won't let Streets Dept. stripe bike lane planned for 22nd St.

When we last checked in on the 22nd St. bike lane saga, Councilman Bill Greenlee was opposing a bike lane for 22nd Street that is in the city's adopted Pedestrian and…

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ABOUT FAIRMOUNT

Fairmount, named after the largest hill in the area, is a neighborhood in Lower North Philadelphia. The neighborhood extends from Vine Street to Girard Avenue and from the Schuylkill River to Broad Street. During the American Revolution, British soldiers utilized the hill as a means of defense when they were fighting against American soldiers under George Washington’s command. By the 1800s, the Fairmount Dam and Water Works organization had utilized the large hill as a natural pump, letting water flow using gravity from reservoirs at the top of the hill to residential homes and business within the city. The Eastern State Penitentiary, built in the early 19th century, was another huge landmark in the neighborhood, it being one of the first prisons to emphasize reform rather then punishment. Since the prison's abandonment 1971, the jail has become a huge tourist attraction. Preserved in its ruined state, it is has unique attractions, such as being the prison which held Al Capone. Fairmount Park, located on the banks of the Schuylkill River between Vine Street and Roosevelt Boulevard, spans 4,100 acres, making it the city’s largest public park. The area is probably best known for the historic and symbolic Art Museum on Pennsylvania Avenue. The Museum sits on top of a hill over looking Benjamin Franklin Boulevard, a street lined with other museums and cultural landmarks. The neighborhood surrounding this cultural hot bed is filled with all kinds of history, with row and town houses dating back to the early 19th century. Today the neighborhood is going through a gentrification, as young professional families move in to take advantage of Fairmount’s ideal location and rich history.  

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Fairmount Civic Association

Fairmount Neighborhood

Fairmount CDC

Fairmount Park

The state court has granted permission for the Barnes Foundation to move from its site in Lower Merion Township to the site of the Juvenile Detention Center on the Parkway.
Philadelphia Art Museum
Known locally as “The Art Museum,” it has been among the largest and most important museums in the United States since it opened in 1876.

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