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Southwest Philly cabaret cleared to reopen

The Zoning Board of Adjustment voted 3-2 on Wednesday to sustain an appeal of a Licences & Inspections violation handed to the operators of a shuttered go-go bar and steakhouse at…

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Making "Bartram's Mile" a reality

Following weekend bicycle and walking tours that drew about 100 participants, the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation and PennPraxis hosted a more intimate dinner last night at Bartram's Gardens to…

    • South along the Schuylkill: Part of Sunoco's Philadelphia refinery as seen from the Passyunk Avenue Bridge.

Eyes on the Street explores the Lower Schuylkill’s gritty and green potential

The Lower Schuylkill is hard to get to know much less love. It’s a nearly 4,000-acre area comprised of largely industrial and underused property, wrapped with tricky rail and road crossings, and…

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ABOUT GRAYS FERRY (SOUTHERN PORTION)

Gray's Ferry, named after the ferryboat that used to cross the Schuykill River into Philadelphia, is a neighborhood in South Philadelphia. This neighborhood extends from Grays Ferry Avenue to Morris Street and from 25th Street to the Schuykill River. Gray's Ferryboat was the southernmost ferry that crossed the river. The ferryboat was owned by George Gray, who also established Gray’s Inn and Gray’s Garden, which were very popular in the 1790’s. The neighborhood also has a long history in economic development. It 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, alternative lifestyle 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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