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    • Rendering of Faith and Liberty Discovery Center, SaylorGregg. | May 2017 Art Commission

Faith and Liberty Discovery Center gets initial blessing from Art Commission

Independence Mall is beset by monstrously large buildings that offer no succor to tourists or to human beings of any description. Come for the Liberty Bell stay for, well, maybe the…

    • A volunteer uncovers a body at the former site of First Baptist church cemetery. (Courtesy of the Mütter Museum)

Unearthing stories hidden in the bones of a forgotten burial ground

Elana Gordon digs into an emergency excavation at a site in Old City being developed by PMC Property Group, after workers discovered a box of old bones. Volunteer forensic scientists have…

    • Penn's Landing rendering, park looking east | Hargreaves Associates & redsquare

Kenney budget puts $90 million toward Penn's Landing park capping I-95

Funding for a large new waterfront park at Penn’s Landing will be tucked into Mayor Jim Kenney’s budget address this Thursday. The mayor plans to announce a $90 million city commitment…

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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.


RESOURCES

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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