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    • 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…

    • Olympia at Penn's Landing marina, 2016

Will new ways to experience Olympia keep the cruiser afloat?

Come hell or high water, she stays afloat. The cruiser Olympia, Philadelphia’s most historic ship, has survived wars, decommissioning, decades of neglect, a failed fundraising campaign, an unsuccessful search for…



Society Hill is a neighborhood in Central Philadelphia. The area is bound by Walnut Street, Lombard Street, Front Street, and 8th Street. In 1683, William Penn granted this area to a London development company call the Free Society of Traders, the organization that gives Society Hill its name. During the 18th century, this area was mostly populated with the wealthy upper classes, but when the Industrial Revolution came to the city, these wealthy classes moved west and Society Hill became a mixture of social classes. From the mid 19th century into the 20th century, Society Hill slowly declined. Yet this area retained its Georgian buildings from the 18th and early 19th centuries. Following World War II, Philadelphians decided to restore their historic and derelict neighborhoods, including Society Hill. Edmund Bacon is usually credited with the idea of restoring Society Hill. Unlike similar neighborhoods in other cities, Bacon decided not to raze the Georgian structures and chose to retain as many of the structures as possible. Only unsalvageable structures and those in the way of the construction of I-95 were destroyed. Today Society Hill contains more Georgian structures than any neighborhood in the country. The area is now known for a rich cultural and ethnic diversity and remains a mostly residential neighborhood.



Society Hill Civic Association

Society Hill Magazine

Wikipedia on Society Hill


The “Man Full of Trouble,” as its name suggests, probably catered to a fairly rowdy crowd in the 18th and early 19th century.  The building had numerous tenants; in the 1830s it went by the names of “
One of two fortifications built in 1747, the Association Battery was located at the foot of Wharton Street, with 27 cannons aimed out over the Delaware River to stop any French and Spanish privateers


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