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    • Cecil B. Moore Avenue just west of Broad Street by Temple University (file) | Lindsay Lazarski / WHYY

Parsing income-based definitions of gentrification

What is the opposite of gentrification? By one definition, it might be happening in a small rectangular census tract in North Philadelphia, which runs from Broad to 19th streets from Montgomery…

    • Conceptual plan for Lancaster Mews presented at Architectural Committee, May 2016

Lancaster Mews redevelopment gets architectural committee support

Lancaster Mews was designated historic in 2015 in response to a demolition threat. A developer was eyeing the block-sized lot, lined with late 19th century mixed-use buildings, and neighbors got wind…

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Landlords lose court challenge to Philadelphia's definition of 'family'

Eating all your meals together and living under the same roof doesn’t make you a family, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has ruled. Late last month, the court delivered an opinion…

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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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