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    • Development site at Broad and Washington | Bing Maps

Blatstein seeks zoning variances at Broad & Washington

Developer Bart Blatstein is looking to move ahead with his proposal for a major mixed-use project at Broad & Washington, on of the city’s most visible vacant lots. And he’s not…

    • Nelson Diaz (Photo courtesy of Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

At HUD, Diaz opinion marked shift in public housing development

By the time Nelson Diaz was appointed general counsel for the Department of Housing and Urban Development in the early 1990s, the federal government was about ready to give up on…

    • 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…



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.


Hawthorne Empowerment Coalition 

South Philly Review on Hawthrone

Hope VI & MlK Plaza

High School of the Creative and Performing arts


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