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    • AAA elevations left and right

AAA says its plan for S. Columbus fits with the city's riverfront vision; critics say no such car-centered business could

AAA Mid-Atlantic says the auto service/travel agency/insurance agency/retail store it plans for 1601 S. Columbus Boulevard would fit within the city's plans for a pedestrian- and bike-friendly Central Delaware waterfront --…

    • Proposed AAA auto entity

AAA to pitch riverfront repair and service center to planning commission Tuesday

Pennsport and Central Delaware advocates will argue that such an auto-centric use is clearly counter to the city's long-term waterfront goals. It wouldn't be allowed under current zoning, but AAA…

    • Pier 68

Angler alert! Pier 68 may have to wait

Philadelphia may have to wait longer than expected for a new fishing pier and wetlands park at Pier 68 in Pennsport. The goal has been to open the pier park, located…

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ABOUT PENNSPORT

Pennsport, considered one of the oldest areas in Philadelphia, is a neighborhood in South Philadelphia. This neighborhood stretches from 4th Street to the Delaware River and from Snyder Avenue to Washington Avenue. Pennsport played a vital role during colonial times as a bustling port, transporting goods down the Delaware River to other riverside communities and settlements. Pennsport remained an important area throughout the Revolutionary War, housing an encampment site for Union soldiers in Jefferson Square Park. The community’s waterfront continued to play a vital role during World War II, enlisting numerous longshoremen to work long hours making and shipping materials for soldiers fighting overseas. Because of Pennsport’s history and importance throughout the nation’s development, the area has accumulated a diverse network of architectural landmarks. Many residential houses can be dated back to as early as 1815. The area is also recognized for its annual Mummers Parade on New Years Day. Today Pennsport is one of the most desired residential neighborhoods along the river, with residents who pride themselves on being laid back and approachable. 


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Pennsport Civic Association

South Philly Review on Pennsport


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 City constructed this building in 1976 to honor the tradition of Philadelphia Mummery, a New Years Day parade with roots dating back to pre-colonial Swedish and English settlers.

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