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    • Columbia Singing Society | © Bob Bruhin

From 'Main Street Modernism' to common fabric: 19 sites considered for historic designation

From prime examples of “Main Street Modernism” to common neighborhood rowhouse blocks, the Philadelphia Historical Commission’s committee on designation recommended last week that 19 properties be added to the Philadelphia Register…

    • Spring Garden Connector: new pavers, metal panels

Spotted: Spring Garden connector installation underway

The part of Spring Garden Street below the Market-Frankford El station and I-95 is a long, unwelcoming gateway to Northern Liberties and does nothing to signal that there’s an increasingly accessible…

    • Third Street in Northern Liberties. | Emma Lee/WHYY

Pew: Four percent of Philadelphia census tracts gentrified from 2000-2014

How much gentrification is really taking place in Philadelphia, and how much are residents worrying about this? In neighborhoods surrounding Center City and University City, the sense of rapid change is…

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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.


RESOURCES

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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