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    • Pier 68: Wave bench, water, Walt

On the Waterfront: Pier 68 preview

Stand on the service road east of South Philly’s Walmart, and you stand at the intersection of the Delaware waterfront’s past and future. Time was if you tried to find the…

    • Washington and Passyunk, August 2015

Washington Avenue needs safety first

Washington Avenue is going through a well-documented public identity crisis as it transitions from a hard neighborhood boundary lined with commerce into an an even more mixed-use place. Questions of…

    • Mt. Sinai Hospital, Pennsport | PhillyTrax on Flickr

Developers say Mt. Sinai demolition will start this month

Greg Hill said he expects to start doing asbestos remediation work inside the vacant Mt. Sinai hospital at 4th and Reed streets within a few weeks and demolishing the century-old structure…



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. 


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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