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    • Catching up with food and tunes at First Friday on Race Street Pier

Ten years later, five ways Philly should keep building on Civic Vision for Central Delaware

On this day in 2006 then-Mayor John Street signed an executive order to create a civic vision for seven miles of Philadelphia’s Delaware River waterfront. That vision, led by PennPraxis, was…

    • 4th + Callowhill: view from north | Cecil Baker, Studio Bryan Hanes - CDR presentation Oct. 2016

Design committee disappointed in Housing Authority HQ, mixed reviews for Center City, East Falls, Packer Park developments

Tuesday’s Civic Design Review (CDR) committee marked the longest single session in the board’s history, clocking in at well over four hours. Of the seven projects considered three were asked to…

    • Corn Exchange National Bank & Trust Co., 3rd and Arch Streets

Office conversion of Corn Exchange / Real World house in Old City edging forward

To a certain generation, the former bank at the corner of Arch and North 3rd streets is MTV’s Real World house. More recently it was an event space, but now plans…

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ABOUT OLD CITY

Old City is a neighborhood in Central Philadelphia. The neighborhood in centered around the historic district of the city and bounded by the Delaware River, Spring Garden Street, 4th Street, and Walnut Street. Founded by William Penn in 1681 as a settlement for himself and his fellow Quakers, this neighborhood is the oldest part of Philadelphia and contains attractions dating back to the time before the American Revolution. Old City also is the place where our nation was founded. This is the area of Philadelphia where the colonists first adopted the Declaration of Independence and where the Constitution was written. Many structures from that time still exist, including the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, the Betsy Ross House, and Elfreth’s Alley, the nation’s oldest continuously occupied residential street. Old City Philadelphia was the nation’s capital from 1790 through 1800. During the 19th century, this neighborhood became a center for industry, dotted with many factories that have lately been turned into housing. Today, Old City is a thriving, vibrant neighborhood, particularly popular with young adults. There is a wide array of entertainment venues, including restaurants, bars, and clubs in addition to the numerous historical attractions.


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Old City Civic Association

Old City District

Wikipedia on Old City

 
One of two fortifications built in 1747, the Association Battery was located at the foot of Wharton Street, with 27 cannons aimed out over the Delaware River to stop any French and Spanish privateers
 
There was once an island right off Center City where Philadelphians went to bathe and frolic.
 
The concept for John Fitch's paddle powered steamboat emanated from a dream

UPCOMING EVENTS IN OLD CITY

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