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    • Washington Ave, Photo courtesy of Neal Santos

Washington Avenue restriping plan aims for balance, offers minimal improvement for bikers

Washington Avenue is a rough street. Cars tango with trucks loading, people park in the median, pedestrians skirt forklifts, and cyclists have to weave through the chaos. Add to that badly…

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TreePhilly spreading "arborly love" this spring

Yes, last weekend's thaw was a tease, but it got us thinking about planting even though spring won't officially start for another month. Philly trees are also thinking spring, spreading "arborly…

    • Passyunk Fountain Detail

Love Note #147: A love story by Jackie Chipotle featuring the Passyunk Fountain

Today Eyes on the Street brings another installation in our Philly Love Notes collaboration with this love story starring Passyunk Avenue's Singing Fountain in a supporting role. Love Note #147: A…

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ABOUT PASSYUNK

Passyunk, or Passyunk Square, is a neighborhood in South Philadelphia. This neighborhood extends from Washington Avenue to Tasker Street and from 6th Street to Broad Street. The area gets its name from an Indian village which later became a 1000 acre parcel given to Lt. Swen Shute. Passyunk’s history, like many South Philadelphia neighborhoods, lies heavily in colonial times, when General George Washington housed his troops on Federal Street. The area also boasts a vibrant park on land originally bought for a new county prison. The area is best known for its exceptional shopping and restaurants which line Passyunk Avenue all the way from Tasker Street to Broad Street. Today Passyunk is home to the Italian Market, a culturally rich open air market specializing in Italian groceries and authentic Italian delicacies. Pats the King of Steaks and Gino’s Steaks, the cheesesteak rivals set across the street from each other, also call Passyunk their home.


RESOURCES

East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association

Passyunk Square Civic Association

South Philly Review on Passyunk Square



Passyunk, spelled in old deeds and records Perslajingh, Passayunk, Passyonck, Passajon, Passajungh, Passaming and Paisajungh, the name of a Native American village.
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
Sparks Shot Tower
The Shot Tower was the first of its kind in the nation and only one of five left intact.

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