A Look At Philly’s Smallest (Official) Neighborhood

 

The colorful Guacamole Mex-Grill at the intersection of Markoe Street & Woodland Avenue, looking east | Photo: Melissa Romero, for Curbed Philly

The colorful Guacamole Mex-Grill at the intersection of Markoe Street & Woodland Avenue, looking east | Photo: Melissa Romero, for Curbed Philly

  • For those inclined towards a limited reading of what constitutes an urban neighborhood, the five-block, 40-acre West Shore is surely Philadelphia’s smallest. Curbed Philly profiles the West Philadelphia locale (bounded by 42nd, Woodland Avenue, 47th, and the Schuylkill River), which, “like a number of West Philly neighborhoods, has suffered a bit of a decline compared to the boom of development that nearby University City has experienced in the past decade or so.”  Yet with the extension of the Schuylkill River Trail increasing access to Bartram’s Gardens and the Woodlands Cemetery, and the University of the Sciences planning to bring student housing and classrooms to the shuttered Alexander Wilson Public School, the future is hopeful.
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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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