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Old City

    • 205 Race under construction, July 2016

Density bonus for mixed-income housing at work around the corner from One Water Street

PMC’s 11th-hour jockeying with the city over how to meet the density bonus it was granted for One Water Street made waves after the company chose not to include the promised…

    • 5th Street / Independence Hall: Platform rendering | courtesy of SEPTA

Art Commission approves rehab of 5th Street El station, denies digital displays at SEPTA entrances

SEPTA is not only renaming the 5th Street Station on the Market-Frankford Line, it’s giving the tired station its first major overhaul since the Bicentennial. The project team presented revised conceptual…

    • Independence Hall

Next Stop: 5th Street/Independence Hall! SEPTA renames 5th Street Station, sorta

Good bye, 5th Street Station. To Philadelphians, your name might have made intuitive sense, but to hopelessly lost tourists so desperate to find the Birthplace of American Democracy that they couldn’t…

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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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