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Community leaders hopeful as Brandywine and Penn Medicine commit to local and minority hiring for upcoming projects

Philadelphia’s leaders gathered Tuesday under the gilded trim of the Mayor’s reception room in City Hall to celebrate a job well done on work that’s yet to begin. Joined by city…

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Planning Commission weighs in on micro-apartments, RCO rule changes, and rezoning bills

The May meeting of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission tackled 22 agenda items, including a raft of rezonings and the continuing evolution of rules for Registered Community Organizations. Redevelopment Agreement for…

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German churches and South Philly sites headed for historic designation

At the first meeting of the year for the Philadelphia Historical Commission’s Committee on Historic Designation, one object and seven properties were recommended for listing in the local register of historic…

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ABOUT POWELTON VILLAGE

Powelton, also known as Powelton Village, is a neighborhood in West Philadelphia. This area is bounded by Spring Garden Street to the north, Market Street to the south, 32nd Street in the east, and 44th Street in the west. At the end of the 17th century, a Welshman named William Powel purchased land in Blockley Township, then an area outside of Philadelphia. At the end of the 18th century, the Powel family purchased 96 acres surrounding the original property and named it Powelton. In the early 19th century, this area began to develop into a fashionable suburb of Philadelphia. A large amount of twin Victorian houses were built here in the 1850s by wealthy residents of Philadelphia, and many of the structures still stand. With the invention of electric street cars at the end of the 19th century, more middle class families moved away from the center of the city into its outer neighborhoods, which included Powelton. During this time, the neighborhood was very diverse yet also very unified. In the mid 20th century, the area suffered from an economic crisis. But since the 1960s, the area has been steadily recovering. The neighborhood was registered by the National Register of Historic Places in 1985. Today the neighborhood has a predominately white, middle class population, the majority of whom are local college students.


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Spiral Q Puppet Theater
Spiral Q Puppet Theater was founded as a shadow puppet theater, staging performances at local benefits and events.

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