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Southwest Center City

    • Install team poses with newly installed bike corral in front of Bob & Barbara's (from L to R): Marcus Ferreria, Jack Prince, Steve Cobb

City says “OK, corral” for bikes at Bob and Barbara’s after two year wait

Stepping into Bob and Barbara’s Lounge on South Street can feel like taking a step back in time. On Friday and Saturday nights, you’ll hear the Crowd Pleasers rockin’ the joint…

    • On the South Street Bridge | Gary Reed, EOTS Flickr Group

DAGspace: The difference between a bridge and television

In this month's DAGspace, architect Timothy Kerner considers the South Street Bridge's LED lanterns and asks the city to do us one better than the photo-unrealistic dancer sihouettes and Eagles ads.…

    • Grays Ferry Triangle

Committee proposes permanent redesign for Grays Ferry Triangle plaza at 23rd and South

Less than two years after successfully negotiating a three-year temporary street closure permit for the Grays Ferry Triangle pedestrian plaza at 23rd and South streets, the Grays Ferry Avenue Triangles Committee is already…

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ABOUT SOUTHWEST CENTER CITY

Southwest Center City, also known as South of South, SoSo, Graduate Hospital, and G-Ho, is a neighborhood in Central Philadelphia. This neighborhood is bounded by South Street, Broad Street, Washington Avenue, and Grays Ferry Avenue. Originally a part of the Moyamensing Township, this area was incorporated into Philadelphia County with the Act of Consolidation of 1853. This area began to be populated by immigrants during and after the Civil War. By 1870, the area was a mostly Irish American community. Many rowhomes were built during the 19th and early 20th centuries in this area, some of which still stand. In 1889, the Philadelphia Polyclinic was built at 20th and South. This area then became the site for the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate Hospital in 1916. Around 1920, the population began to change from Irish American immigrants into an African-American population. From this time until immediately after World War II, the neighborhood was growing and becoming a stable working class neighborhood. But in the 1950s, industry declined, many residents lost their jobs, and the area began to deteriorate. Since then, this area has started to grow once more and gentrify. Today the neighborhood is popular with graduate students, professors, artists, young professionals, and couples without children.


RESOURCES

South of South Neighborhood Association

Wikipedia on Southwest Center City

MLK Plaza is a mixed-income HOPE VI residential area along 13th Street in the Hawthorne neighborhood of Philadelphia.
The property is within the 10-mile exclusionary zone created to protect Chester Downs.  While it still serves limited shipping needs, the site is being redeveloped as a mixed-use office and r

UPCOMING EVENTS IN SOUTHWEST CENTER CITY

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