Historic District

 

Old City: Where You’re Never Too Spoiled

Old City: Where You’re Never Too Spoiled

Rene Galvin opened Never Too Spoiled in 2008 as a seasonal shop in Atlantic City’s Historic Gardner’s Basin. Galvin opened the small storefront mostly to run Internet sales out of but after falling in love with it, she decided to make it a more permanent business. The little shop down the shore blossomed into a quirky and vibrant boutique […]

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Old City: Animals Go From PAWS to Pethood

Old City: Animals Go From PAWS to Pethood

In 2006, the Philadelphia Animal Care and Control Association (PACCA) euthanized 90 percent of the animals that were brought to them. In an effort to ratify the high frequency of euthanasia and provide a better alternative, Dana Spain founded the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) as PACCA’s life-saving department.  In 2009, PAWS broke away from PACCA, […]

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Old City: Carriage Driver Turned Teacher

Old City: Carriage Driver Turned Teacher

Kelly Filbert is a horse carriage driver in Old City. Being a horse carriage driver has made her find a love for history. She wants to pass her knowledge on to everyone who steps into her carriage.   Can you explain the difference between this job and other jobs you have worked? This job is […]

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Old City: Job Itzkowitz and Old City District are Maintaining Historic Features, While Adapting for the Future

Old City: Job Itzkowitz and Old City District are Maintaining Historic Features, While Adapting for the Future

On the surface, Old City may seem like a neighborhood free of problems. It has a booming commercial district and it sits adjacent to Independence Mall, one of the busiest tourist areas in the city. In actuality, Old City residents and business owners still face hurdles in the process of developing and redeveloping the oldest neighborhood […]

 

Five Iconic Philadelphia Companies That Are Gone (And What They Are Today)

Five Iconic Philadelphia Companies That Are Gone (And What They Are Today)

If you like beer, baseball, not-so fine dining and spectacular light shows and if  you have enough money for a checking account, then you would have loved all of these five iconic former Philadelphia companies. Schmidt’s At its peak in 1983, the Christian Schmidt Brewing Co. employed 1,400 people and produced 3.15 million barrels of beer. Things went […]

 

Overbrook: Five Places To See In Will Smith’s Old Neighborhood.

Overbrook: Five Places To See In Will Smith’s Old Neighborhood.

With so much history behind this West Philadelphia neighborhood, it’s no wonder there are so many hidden treasures. Overbrook possesses interesting locations that are unknown to many people living in the Greater Philadelphia region. Overbrook Farms Often considered a sub-section of the Overbrook neighborhood, Overbrook Farms (above) is a suburban area in the city that […]

 

Franklin Square: Plans to Fix Up The PATCO Station Are Still on Hold

Franklin Square: Plans to Fix Up The PATCO Station Are Still on Hold

The Port Authority Transit Corporation (PATCO) station below Franklin Square Park has seen its fair share of closures and reopenings since the station was built in 1936. The station was only used for a few years and then closed until 1976, when it was renovated for the United States Bicentennial. It remained open until 1979, […]

 

Lower Lancaster Avenue: Five Young Businesses Thriving in the Growing Commercial District

Lower Lancaster Avenue: Five Young Businesses Thriving in the Growing Commercial District

Lower Lancaster Avenue has attracted many new businesses in recent years as revitalization projects have inspired business owners to open up shop. The commercial corridor, which spans from approximately 37th Street to 44th Street, had been barren until the area received funding in order to give life into one of Philadelphia’s historical shopping districts. Styles […]

 

Overbrook: Five Schools to Know

Overbrook: Five Schools to Know

Known for its historical characteristics and distinctive Victorian-style residential architecture, Overbrook also includes a wide range of educational facilities. From Overbrook School for the Blind to Saint Joseph’s University, these institutions can accommodate students with assorted backgrounds and needs. Here is a list five principal schools that are deep-rooted in the neighborhood. 1. Often noted for […]

 

Northwest Philadelphia: Five Places You Need to Know

Northwest Philadelphia: Five Places You Need to Know

The neighborhoods in Northwest Philadelphia are unique to the city. With signature cobblestone roads, rowhomes and Colonial-style architecture, this region represents historical Philadelphia’s journey to the present. Organizations and iconic sites in areas like Germantown have gone through journeys of their own – some flourishing, others not so much. 1. The Queen Lane Apartments The […]