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Grays Ferry

    • 27th and Wharton | Google

Neighbors to oppose veterans center on vacant school property at 27th & Wharton

A group of residents living near 27th and Wharton streets in Grays Ferry is planning to attend a hearing in City Hall Friday morning to oppose the sale of a vacant…

    • Artist Rendering of Refurbished 25th Street Viaduct

CSX and Kenyatta Johnson announce plans to rebuild 25th Street viaduct

CSX Corporation and Councilman Kenyatta Johnson announced Wednesday a multiyear project to restore the condition and appearance of the long crumbling 25th Street Viaduct. Councilman Johnson said the project was “the…

    • Today the bike lanes that exist on portions of Washington Ave are faded almost beyond recognition

Checking in on the South District planning process

Last month, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission held the first in a series of community meetings to get input from residents on planning and zoning goals for the South District, which…

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ABOUT GRAYS FERRY

The area developed because it was an important crossing of the Schuylkill River, called Mahdee's River. The river is now spanned by several bridges, including the Grey's Ferry Bridge and several rail bridges.

Gray's Ferry is bounded by 25th Street to the Schuylkill River, Morris Street to Grays Ferry Avenue. The neighborhood takes its name from the ferry, owned by George Gray, that used to cross the Schuylkill River in this area.

This area housed the Schuykill Arsenal, which played a large role in supplying both the Lewis and Clark Expedition and military goods for the Civil War. Until recently, Gray's Ferry has been a hotbed for racial tension. In 1997, tensions between the Irish Catholics living in the area’s middle income row housing and the African Americans living in the neighborhoods low income housing projects exploded in a series of violent crimes, often taking place in the community's playgrounds. Since that time, the tension has subsided, partially due to the recent housing boom in Philadelphia, which brought in many young professionals to the area.  Today Gray's Ferry prides itself on being a tight knit community where everyone is like family. While the community has an unpleasant past, residents are hopeful that the new Greater Gray's Ferry Estates will help attract new residents. 


RESOURCES

Grays Ferry Community website

South Philly Review on Grays Ferry 

 
Floating Bridge at Gray's Ferry
The Floating Bridge across the Schuylkill River at Gray's Ferry was originally built by the British during their 1777-78 occupation of Philadelphia.

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