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    • Washington Ave, Photo courtesy of Neal Santos

Washington Avenue restriping project stalled, perhaps indefinitely

“This situation stinks right now.” Tom Donatucci isn't actually talking about right now. He's describing Washington Avenue, not too long ago. The avenue has been a mess for years, an inchoate…

    • A lone van parks in a turning lane

Johnson introduces temporary zoning rules for Washington Avenue

Washington Avenue west of Broad Street is in its own world. Its 10 blocks form the northern border of Point Breeze and the southern border of the Graduate Hospital and South…

    • Today the bike lanes that exist on portions of Washington Ave are faded almost beyond recognition

Checking in on the South District planning process

Last month, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission held the first in a series of community meetings to get input from residents on planning and zoning goals for the South District, which…

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ABOUT POINT BREEZE

Point Breeze, named after the Point Breeze amusement park, is a neighborhood in South Philadelphia. Point Breeze extends from Washington Ave. to Moore Street and from Broad Street to 25th Street. The area was once home to the Point Breeze Amusement Park, a small amusement park which boasted the largest carousel in America in 1906. The amusement park also featured beautiful white washed pavilions with a view right onto the Delaware River. The park was later demolished to make room for the Western Power Plant and since has been redeveloped for further industrial use. Today the area is attempting to reform its streets after being overrun with drugs and crime. At the head of the area's reconstruction is Universal Companies, an organization determined to revive South Philadelphia’s blighted areas. Universal Companies plan to build over 2,000 homes in the area and have even developed a charter school in the area. The Point Breeze Performing Arts Center also has faith in the area as they continue to welcome new students like they have for almost 30 years.




RESOURCES 

Point Breeze Performing Arts Center

Point Breeze Pioneers 

South Philly Review on Point Breeze




South Philadelphia H.O.M.E.S.
The Point Breeze neighborhood suffered from abandonment and population decline throughout the mid 20th century.

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