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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…

    • AAA rendering for proposed Columbus Ave. store

AAA claims vested rights in Columbus Boulevard property

At a zoning hearing Wednesday afternoon, attorneys for AAA argued that the group, formerly known as the American Automobile Association, has vested rights in a property at Columbus Boulevard and Tasker…

    • Washington Avenue Green

Glimpses of Delaware Riverfront revival below Washington Avenue

The Spruce Street Harbor Park may have stolen the waterfront thunder this year but big, more permanent, things are also happening along the Central Delaware waterfront. Perhaps nowhere is more exciting…

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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. 


RESOURCES

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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