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    • cash for gold by G.W. Miller III

Planning Commission recommends remapping in Spring Garden, Northern Liberties

Earlier this year, Council President Darrell Clarke introduced a bill that would create a new zoning overlay in the area bounded by Broad and 18th, Spring Garden and Callowhill streets. The…

    • The current condition of the Festival Pier site

Northern Liberties to be remapped

Last week, City Councilman Mark Squilla introduced a bill that would update the zoning maps for the area bounded roughly by Spring Garden Street, Girard Avenue, Front Street, and Third Street,…

    • Waterfront Winterfest at Penn's Landing, Photo by Ed Savaria

Summer version of Winterfest coming to Penn's Landing; new pier parks opening this summer and fall

The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation's Winterfest helped make this ice skating season the most successful yet, DRWC Vice President Jodie Milkman told the board's executive committee Thursday. And DRWC staffers are…

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ABOUT NORTHERN LIBERTIES

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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EveryBlock: Up-To-the-Minute Northern Liberties News

Northern Liberties Civic Association 
Northern Liberties Neighbors Association

Northern Liberties Business Owners Association

UPCOMING EVENTS IN NORTHERN LIBERTIES

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