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    • Hawthorne Park neighbor and jazz legend Mickey Roker, center, came to tease the band between songs

Hawthorne Park supporters hope jazz will draw people into the hard-won park

The peak of last week's heat wave didn't keep people out of Hawthorne Park for the second Jazz in Hawthorne Park event Thursday.  This summer Friends of Hawthorne Park and Jazz…

    • What 8th and Race Street, near Franklin Square, could look like

Central, University/Southwest district plans adopted

Philadelphia now has long-range plans for future development within the Central and University/Southwest districts. The city planning commission adopted both comprehensive plans at its Tuesday (June 11) meeting. From now on,…

    • What 8th and Race Street, near Franklin Square, could look like

Draft plan for Central District released

The draft comprehensive plan for Philadelphia's Central District calls for revitalizing civic spaces in Center City, encouraging more development along Ridge Avenue and North Broad Street in West Callowhill, and making…

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ABOUT HAWTHORNE

Hawthorne, once called Hawthorne Square, is a neighborhood in Central Philadelphia. The neighborhood extends from Broad Street to 11th Street and from South Street to Washington Avenue. The area is remembered as the previous home to the Ridgway Library, a huge public library which was modeled after the Parthenon and has been dated back to 1878. Without proper ventilation or air-conditioning, many books in the library were destroyed and as a result the library had to shut down. The building now facilitates the High School of the Creative and Performing arts. The area has seen numerous building developments in the past decade; most notable were the implosions of the MLK towers which once served as a public housing high-rise. The new MLK Plaza has won numerous awards and is probably the best example of HOPE VI housing in Philadelphia. The area is now seeing improvements from the ashes of the MLK towers, providing townhomes for rent and sale to low - moderate income families.

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Hawthorne Empowerment Coalition 

South Philly Review on Hawthrone

Hope VI & MlK Plaza

High School of the Creative and Performing arts

UPCOMING EVENTS IN HAWTHORNE

  • Nov 25, 2014
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