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City Life

How Yardley Went From Quaint, Sleepy Suburb to Happening River Town

Before they opened the Vault brewpub in Yardley in hopes of launching an unlikely nightlife scene, the Cain family saw the sleepy Bucks County borough […]

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Fishtown: An Oral History (So Far)

The neighborhood that symbolizes a new Philadelphia finds itself at a crossroads. From Roland Kassis to Stephen Starr, 26 people who made Fishtown what it […]

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Living in Fishtown: A Neighborhood Guide

Fishtown got its name because of fish, of course. In the 1730s, the Germans and Englishmen who poured into the newly created town of Kensington […]

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Living in Northern Liberties: A Neighborhood Guide

Northern Liberties began with America’s first two-for-one deal. In order to entice settlers to take up residence in his new colony of Pennsylvania, William Penn promised early purchasers […]

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Living in Spring Garden: A Neighborhood Guide

Spring Garden is Philadelphia’s original ritzy suburb. The land that now comprises it was where William Penn established an estate called Springettsbury Farm. How this morphed […]

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Living in Fairmount: A Neighborhood Guide

Many of today’s Fairmount residents may not know how their neighborhood got its name. The name comes from the hill atop which the Philadelphia Museum of […]

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Living in East Passyunk: A Neighborhood Guide

What may well be the most celebrated intersection in all Philadelphia lies in East Passyunk: “Cheesesteak Corner,” where South 9th Street and East Passyunk Avenue […]

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Living in Pennsport: A Neighborhood Guide

Second Street? Where’s that? Once you cross Washington Avenue headed south, the thoroughfare that goes by that name everywhere outside Pennsport becomes “Two Street,” the […]

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Living in Hawthorne: A Neighborhood Guide

Nobody knows for certain how Hawthorne came to be called Hawthorne. The earliest use of that name in the territory bounded by Washington Avenue and […]

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Living in Chestnut Hill: A Neighborhood Guide

Like its just-down-the-hill neighbor, Mt. Airy, Chestnut Hill started out as a summer retreat. In fact, the Germans who were the first white settlers up […]

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Living in Graduate Hospital: A Neighborhood Guide

There are two things you should know up front about Graduate Hospital: The institution from which the neighborhood takes its name no longer exists. Even […]

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Living in Ardmore: A Neighborhood Guide

For decades, Ardmore has been known as “The Main Street of the Main Line.” The nickname fits like a glove: it’s home to both the […]

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Living in Bella Vista: A Neighborhood Guide

While Bella Vista will always have strong ties to the history of Philadelphia’s Italian community, the neighborhood has historically served as a starting-out point for […]

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Living in Queen Village: A Neighborhood Guide

Before William Penn, there were the Swedes. And before them, of course, the Lenni Lenape. The last of these are the “original people” (translated from […]

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Living in Chinatown: A Neighborhood Guide

We know exactly when Philadelphia’s Chinatown was born. The year was 1871, when an immigrant named Lee Fong opened a laundry at 913 Race St. […]