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Bella Vista

    • Artist's rendering of Midwood's proposed Italian Market apartment building, as seen from Washington Avenue and Ninth Street looking east.

Could a driveway kill the Italian Market?

The entrance to an underground parking garage has become the latest flashpoint in a fiery battle over the future of the Italian Market. A crowd of South Philadelphia residents waited hours…

    • 4th and Bainbridge streets, Photo by Eyes on the Street

An education in how to be a better neighborhood advocate

Learning how Philly government works can be a circuitous and sometimes frustrating thing. In my experience, it takes years. It takes walking the halls of City Hall, hours of random conversations…

    • Christian Street Baptist Church is slated for demolition. Developer Ori Feibush plans to build townhouses on the lot.

Neighbors oppose plan to replace Christian Street Baptist Church with $800k townhouses

Residents of Bella Vista love the narrow little side streets that wind through the neighborhood, offering shelter from the buzz of heavy automobile traffic and providing community space for the cozy…

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ABOUT BELLA VISTA

Bella Vista, Italian for “beautiful view,” is a neighborhood in Central Philadelphia. It extends from 6th Street to 11th Street and from South Street to Washington Avenue. This area was originally settled by Italian immigrants from Spadafora, Sicily. As more Italian immigrants arrived in Philadelphia, they tended to gravitate towards this neighborhood, making it the first true Italian American neighborhood in the city. The architecture of this area has ranged from Federal buildings, Colonial buildings, Victorian buildings, and post-Victorian buildings, some of which are still standing today complete with their original facades. The Palumbo Restaurant family, who also gave their name to the local park, built housing in this area for the many Italian immigrants who poured into the area in the 19th century. At the beginning of the 20th century, the residents of this area founded the Italian Market, making it possibly the oldest open air market in the country. Today the area is still mostly populated by Italian Americans, but there has been a recent influx of Vietnamese and Mexican immigrants who are both residents and merchants. The neighborhood is also popular with artists and contains many independent galleries.
 
 

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