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Strawberry Mansion

    • One of Centennial Commons rustic play areas | Studio Bryan Hanes

$11 million in foundation grants announced for five parks

What can $11 million buy in park projects? A new collaborative initiative announced Monday by the John S. and James L. Knight and William Penn foundations hopes $11 million in new…

    • Long-time city planner Richard Redding on his Chestnut Hill porch

Reflections on 40 years of Philadelphia City planning

Newly retired Richard Redding reflects on Northeast Philadelphia, zoning by variance and ordinance, community redevelopment and gentriciation PlanPhilly sat down with recently retired Philadelphia City Planning Commission Planning Division Director Richard…

    • Lower North plan zoning recomendations, west of Broad

Lower North Plan recommends gentrification impact study, speedier transit, protection of single-family blocks

The image above, taken from the Lower North PCPC presentation, shows proposed changes west of Broad Street. See more maps and other images within the full presentation, included beneath this article.…

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ABOUT STRAWBERRY MANSION

Strawberry Mansion, named after the historic mansion, is a neighborhood in Lower North Philadelphia. The area is bounded by 33rd Street to the west, 29th Street to the east, Lehigh Avenue to the north, and Oxford Street to the south. The “Strawberry Mansion” from which the neighborhood gets its name, is a giant estate located adjacent to the neighborhood. It was once home to Judge William Lewis circa 1789. For many years the area was referred to as “Summerville”, but it later adopted the name of the famous mansion that shares its borders. For much of the 19th and 20th centuries, Strawberry Mansion was a popular area for affluent, well-off Philadelphians. At the end of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century, the neighborhood began to tear apart at the seams. More and more factories and businesses became derelict as a result of an economic decline and urban decay. Today the neighborhood has begun to recover. Its community organizations fight to ensure that the area is safe and protected. The area's close proximity to Center City has also proved to be advantageous, as artists and other urban professionals flock to the area’s inexpensive apartment complexes.



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