Posts Tagged ‘Point Breeze’

In Point Breeze, A Queen Anne Washed In Swedish Mystery

In Point Breeze, A Queen Anne Washed In Swedish Mystery

August 8, 2016  |  History

The Shetzline family once owned large parcels of farmland throughout Point Breeze and later developed their estate for the shallow canyons of row houses we see today. One conspicuous building, now a laundromat at the corner of 18th and Moore, may be the last remaining home of the South Philly Sweed's old homestead. The Shadow follows the trail of obscurity > more

Reaction To 19th Street Baptist Demo Scare Points Up Changing Sensitivity At L&I

Reaction To 19th Street Baptist Demo Scare Points Up Changing Sensitivity At L&I

April 28, 2016  |  Preservation

A demolition notice mistakenly placed on the doors of 19th Street Baptist Church in Point Breeze sent the preservation and planning community in hot pursuit of answers this week. Michael Bixler reports > more

The Curious Case Of Body Snatching At Lebanon Cemetery

The Curious Case Of Body Snatching At Lebanon Cemetery

April 13, 2015  |  History

Like many of the city's historic resting places, Lebanon Cemetery in South Philadelphia eventually gave way to urban expansion. Though, shortly before the African-American burial ground was developed for what is now Point Breeze and Girard Estates, a firestorm of sensational headlines erupted in the late 1800's after a grave robber was apprehended while allegedly stealing corpses for Jefferson Medical College. Contributor Erin McLeary has the lurid details > more

Urban Farmers Look To Land Bank For Help Holding On To Property

Urban Farmers Look To Land Bank For Help Holding On To Property

January 30, 2015  |  Urbanism

With the Land Bank finally open for business, urban gardeners and farmers hope for legal protection against the City's "Revoke Clause." Hidden City contributor and Kensington farmer Nic Esposito digs deep into the issue > more

Searching For The Lost South Philadelphia Improvements Under The 25th Street Elevated

Searching For The Lost South Philadelphia Improvements Under The 25th Street Elevated

February 18, 2014  |  History

On the west side of South Philly, the 25th Street Elevated rail viaduct clearly defines it the boundaries of the Grays Ferry and Point Breeze neighborhoods. Over a dozen trains, including oil trains like the one that derailed over the Schuylkill River recently, rumble its weathering 86-year-old bones every day. Chris Dougherty goes back a century to find the Elevated’s origins in the heyday of the rail industry—and civic reform > more