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Northern Liberties

    • Festival Pier

550 apartments, acres of public space planned for Festival Pier site

At its quarterly board meeting Friday morning, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation officially selected Jefferson Apartment Group and Haverford Properties to develop an empty waterfront site at the end of Spring…

    • East Callowhill Overlay | Planning Commission, Sept. 2015

Officials hope zoning overlay will connect Old City, Northern Liberties

Planning Commission officials spent the summer working out the details of a new zoning overlay for East Callowhill, in hopes of transforming the narrow area separating Old City and Northern Liberties…

    • 1213 N. 5th | Harman Deutsch

Commission approves two housing projects on 5th Street

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission approved plans on Tuesday for two major housing developments scheduled for N. 5th Street in Northern Liberties and South Kensington. The projects, at Fairmount and just…



Northern Liberties, formerly known as a “red-light district," is a neighborhood in Central Philadelphia. The neighborhood extends from Girard Avenue to Callowhill Street and from North 6th Street to the banks of the Delaware River. Northern Liberties was in existence long before the city of Philadelphia had even been established. Its name comes from “Northern Liberties Township,” which appeared in local legislature from the 1770s. By 1854, it was annexed to the district of Philadelphia, allowing Philadelphia to surpass Baltimore as the second largest city in the United States. Being located outside of the bustling city allowed Northern Liberties to thrive industrially. Many manufacturing mills, factories, and plants produced the tools and commodities needed within the city. By the 19th century, many Immigrants began to populate this area. Their heritage can still be seen today in the areas numerous and highly varied churches. In 1985, the area was declared as a historic district that is now dedicated to preserving the Italianate, Greek Revival, and Federal style buildings that characterize the area.  Today Northern Liberties is a beautiful community with close to 4,500 residents and known for its eclectic collection of restaurants, shops, and art galleries.


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