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Southwest Center City

    • Washington and Passyunk, August 2015

Washington Avenue needs safety first

Washington Avenue is going through a well-documented public identity crisis as it transitions from a hard neighborhood boundary lined with commerce into an an even more mixed-use place. Questions of…

    • Bloc23

Stacks on stacks on stacks: Lessons for Philly's public housing officials from Graduate Hospital's ultra-modern Bloc23 project

When the Bloc23 mixed-use project from developer Stephen Rodriguez was approved by the ZBA back in 2012, Rodriguez explained that he wasn’t just out to build any old building. “I…

    • Highlighted streetscape showing responsibility/Courtesy of CCD

Who owns the streetscape? An even more complicated question

PlanPhilly published a story Monday looking at the diffuse and overlapping responsibility assignments for Philadelphia’s streets. It’s a long read, but here’s the Reader’s Digest version: There are 9 government or…



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.


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


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