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    • March 2014 community meeting notice on Lancaster Avenue

On planning, realpolitik, and selling closed schools

During the last week negotiations over the sale of the 14-acre University City High/Drew Elementary school property to Drexel University and its development partner Wexford Science + Technology have exposed serious…

    • University City High School

Deal still in the works after committee approves rezoning of University City High

UPDATE: Check out video from Planning Commission meeting Tuesday below City Council’s Committee on Rules recommended approval of a bill Monday afternoon that would rezone the 14-acre property that houses the…

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Hurried negotiations over redevelopment of University City High

Negotiations continued over the weekend between representatives of Drexel University and a number of community organizations regarding the zoning of the former University City High School property, which sits on a…

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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.

UPCOMING EVENTS IN POWELTON VILLAGE

  • Aug 21, 2014
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