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Cottman Avenue a focus of Central Northeast planning discussion

When you think of Cottman Avenue west of the Roosevelt Boulevard, what do you picture? Heavy car traffic, lots of parking lots, several retail stores — many of which are vacant.…

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Central Northeast Planning District meeting Sept. 24

The second of three planning meetings for neighborhoods in the Central Northeast Planning District will take place Tuesday, Sept. 24 at the Northeast Regional Branch of the Free Library, 2228 Cottman…




Lawncrest is a neighborhood in Near Northeast Philadelphia. The name "Lawncrest" is a combination of Crescentville and Lawndale. Crescentville extends from Godfrey Avenue to Comly Avenue, where the Lawncrest Recreation Center is located. Lawndale runs from about Levick Street to Tyson Street, while others say it goes all the way to Cottman Avenue. Lawncrest borders Cheltenham Township, Montgomery County to the west. In the 1880’s, Lawncrest was primarily a German community, which was then known as Marburg. Parts of Crescentville were known as “Grubbtown” during the Civil War. Lawncrest is one of the neighborhoods of Northeast Philadelphia that has changed over the years due to white flight and urban decay. Most of this change was due to the aging population of the Pre and Post World War II residents that built up this community during the 1920s–1950s from the small farming community it was prior to. There are numerous Protestant churches within the Community, the oldest being Trinity Oxford Church dating back to 1698. Today, the main area of the Lawncrest neighborhood is Rising Sun Avenue where there are a good number of corner stores, hair salons, bars and Chinese take-out places. In the heart of the community is the Lawncrest Recreation Center, which was built on the location of an old city reservoir. Also on this property is the Community Library, built in the 1960s. The community is especially known for its annual 4 July celebration, which started back in 1915 as two separate events. The day includes a main parade down Rising Sun Avenue, baby parade, music, activities and a flea market at the Lawncrest Recreation Center, and fireworks at night.

Lawncrest Community Association

Lawncrest Town Watch

Lawncrest Fourth of July Committee


Lawncrest Trinity Oxford Church


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