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Southwest Center City

    • 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…

    • Greco/Union Baptist House

Three historic Baptist churches headed for historic designation

Three churches built by historic Baptist congregations were recommended for nomination to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places last week by the Designation Committee of the Philadelphia Historical Commission. The churches…

    • Chester Arthur schoolyard, construction in progress

Schoolyard redesign at Chester Arthur to support inquiry-driven learning

As the students of Chester Arthur School started the new school year, they noticed orange safety barriers traversing their schoolyard and snaking around the parking lot. The schoolyard is under construction…

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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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