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    • Night Market is back for the season, starting out in Northern Liberties Thursday night.

Night Market returns, hungry for more neighborhood delights

We’re officially entering fair-weather street festival season and last week The Food Trust announced its four Night Market locations for the year.  This year Night Market will bring its caravan of…

    • Bricklayers in protest at Museum of the American Revolution

Where a brick is more than a brick

The old Independence Visitor Center will soon be demolished to clear the southeast corner of 3rd and Chestnut to make way for the new Museum of the American Revolution. The prospect…

    • All Wars Memorial to Colored Soldiers & Sailors

Black History Month events for the plannerly

All month long, Philly is buzzing with activities in celebration of Black History Month. We thought we’d highlight a few events that tie in to the built environment. Museum Without Walls:…

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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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