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    • Ally Jane and Erik ride on regional rail. | courtesy of the Johansons

Car-free in Philly: Living well without a car, with a baby

In August 2015, Community Contributors Katy and Erik Johanson shared with us what their household gained by going car free. Now they're back with an update on what car-free living…

    • Catching up with food and tunes at First Friday on Race Street Pier

Ten years later, five ways Philly should keep building on Civic Vision for Central Delaware

On this day in 2006 then-Mayor John Street signed an executive order to create a civic vision for seven miles of Philadelphia’s Delaware River waterfront. That vision, led by PennPraxis, was…

    • Throngs of cyclists and pedestrians taking advantage of a carless Saturday on South Street during the inaugural Philly Free Streets (Bas Slabbers/For WHYY)

Despite big crowds, first Philly Free Streets falls short of city’s stated goals

On Saturday, thousands of Philadelphians on bike and foot crowded South Street, attracted by the road’s closure to automobiles for Philly Free Streets. Children skipped, couples strolled, and bicyclists noted the…

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ABOUT QUEEN VILLAGE

Queen Village, also known as Southwark, is a neighborhood in Central Philadelphia. Stretching from Front Street to 6th Street and from South Street to Washington Avenue, Queen Village was at the center of the commercial and ship building insdustries that made Philadelphia’s seaport one of the biggest in the young Americas colonies. Like other South Philadelphia neighborhoods, Queen Village was originally settled by the Swedes, and their influence in the area can still be seen today in street names such as Swanson, Christian, and Queen. While Queen Village is not very historically renowned, as seen etched into the exterior of a building “ON THIS SITE IN 1879, NOTHING HAPPENED!”, the area has recently seen an interest in the preservation of historical buildings. The area boasts a plethora of architectural diversity featuring houses from the 18th to 21st centuries. Today the community sits in an ideal part of town, sandwiched between cultural hotspots such as Independence Hall and the Delaware River Front. The area also features great shopping and food locations on the historic and scenic South Street. 


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Queen Village Neighbors Association 

South Street website

 
MLK Plaza is a mixed-income HOPE VI residential area along 13th Street in the Hawthorne neighborhood of Philadelphia.
 
The small houses at the intersection of Carpenter and Front Streets are some of the earliest surviving Philadelphia row houses outside of Society Hill.  These 18th century homes, originally occupied b

UPCOMING EVENTS IN QUEEN VILLAGE

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