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Grays Ferry

    • Proposed path for the Route 49 bus

SEPTA hears criticism of proposed bus route through University City

SEPTA’s proposed Route 49 bus represents a potential transportation gold rush, supporting residential real estate in Brewerytown, Fairmount and Grays Ferry by linking those neighborhoods with job-rich University City. But, just…

    • Poster board with resident comments on sticky pads at Route 49 open house

SEPTA previews new bus route to link University City with Brewerytown, Fairmount and Grays Ferry

Bathrooms. It always begins and ends with bathrooms. A SEPTA bus route, that is—they all must have a bathroom at the end of the route for drivers to use during their…

    • Residents of the Grays Ferry neighborhood attended a Civic Engagement Academy hosted by the Philadelphia Commission of Human Relations at the Williams Temple CME Church. (Brad Larrison for NewsWorks)

Philly's Civic Engagement Academy expanding to meet booming demand

Since late November, the city's Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service has received at least one request per day from people interested in volunteer opportunities—a rate that far surpasses the…

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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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