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    • Girard Station TOD Overlay

The tricky politics of transit-oriented development in Northern Liberties

Last Wednesday's morning news roundup led to an interesting discussion with PlanPhilly contributor and Northern Liberties Neighbors Association President Matt Ruben about whether it was fair to characterize opposition to an…

    • New homes at New Market and Laurel streets will have rear garages through a single curb cut.
    • Cramp's aerial view 1919

I-95 archaeology exhibit in Kensington Thursday

The objects on display, and experts present, will tell stories of the neighborhoods' industrial, Colonial, and Native American past. Objects that tell stories from more than 5,000 years of Northern Liberties,…

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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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