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Southwest Center City

    • Greco/Union Baptist House

Church In Grad Hospital hopes newly-planted Garden of Eden will turn new neighbors into new parishioners

In May, 1916, the members of Union Baptist Church assembled at 711 South 12th Street and proudly marched seven blocks to their new sanctuary. The historic congregation had outgrown its first…

    • Royal Theater redevelopment: view from South Street | May 2017 Civic Design Review, JKRP

Royal Theater’s replacement passes design review

May’s Civic Design Review (CDR) was all sweetness and light, with both a new multi-family development on City Avenue and the redevelopment of the Royal Theater winning quick support from the…

    • The Royal | January 2017 | JKRP

Revised design for Royal Theater redevelopment requires Historical Commission approval

South Street’s Royal Theater came before the Historical Commission’s Architectural Committee again this Tuesday. The venerable old theater served as a hub of African-American nightlife for the better part of a…

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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

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