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    • One of Centennial Commons rustic play areas | Studio Bryan Hanes

$11 million in foundation grants announced for five parks

What can $11 million buy in park projects? A new collaborative initiative announced Monday by the John S. and James L. Knight and William Penn foundations hopes $11 million in new…

    • Looking south from 56th Street, Bartram's Mile offers sweeping views

$1.7 million for Bartram's Mile as swing bridge study continues

Now that the Schuylkill Banks boardwalk is open, it’s time to look downriver to the next stretch of Schuylkill River Trail to be built: Bartram’s Mile and the bridge that will…

    • Farm 51, 2013 | Neal Santos

Urban farms still struggle to put down legal roots

Which would you choose for your block: A weed-choked illegal dumping ground or a quasi-legal market farm growing everything from sunflowers to spinach? Turn the corner of 51st onto Chester and…

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ABOUT KINGSESSING

Kingsessing / West Shore is a neighborhood in Southwest Philadelphia. This neighborhood is bounded by Cobbs Creek and 60th Street to the southwest, the Schuylkill River to the southeast, 53rd Street to the northeast, and Baltimore Avenue to the northwest. The name Kingsessing or Chinsessing comes from the Delaware Indian word for "a place where there is a meadow." This area was originally settled by Swedes beginning in 1644, making it the oldest settled area in Philadelphia County. The Kingsessing Township was created shortly after William Penn gained control of the county. Bartram's Garden, the oldest surviving botanical garden, was built here circa 1728 St. James Church was founded by these settlers in 1760 and is the oldest church that is west of the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. In the consolidation act of 1854, the township was incorporated into Philadelphia proper. Up until the end of the 19th century, this area was under populated and made up of mostly farmland. At the beginning of the 20th century, this agrarian area became more residential and its population became made up of workingmen, clerks, and other lower middle class people. Today the neighborhood is predominately African-American with the majority of its residents under the age of 35.


RESOURCES

West Shore Civic Association

Wikipedia on Kingsessing

UPCOMING EVENTS IN KINGSESSING

  • May 10, 2015
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