Julian Hamer

Overbrook: Three Questions About The Overbrook Area

Overbrook: Three Questions About The Overbrook Area

Overbrook is a community within West Philadelphia, known for Will Smith, its safe streets and active community members. However, there are a lot of confusing elements of Overbrook, even to its longtime residents. Where exactly is Overbrook? According to the Neighbors of Overbrook Association, Overbrook parameters consist of the land between Lancaster, Woodbine, Haverford, and […]

 Julian Hamer

Morris Park: A Green Urban Playground for Nature Lovers

Morris Park: A Green Urban Playground for Nature Lovers

Dan Gasiewski, long term resident of the Overbrook Farms and executive director of Friends of Morris Park, remembers the days when the meadowlands entrance to Morris Park, at the corners of 66th Street and Woodcrest Avenue, used to be full of litter left by local residents. In 2004, Gasiewski founded the Friends of Morris Park […]

 

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 […]

 By Coeli Danella and Gillian Francella

Overbrook Farms: A Suburb Within City Limits

Overbrook Farms: A Suburb Within City Limits

[vimeo 62712343] Residents on the 6300 block of Overbrook Avenue confidently express pride as one of the few neighborhoods where one can still go next door to borrow sugar or eggs and everyone knows each other’s name. Paul and Laurel Wilson have lived on Overbrook Avenue for the past 31 years. During their time on the […]

 By Jade C. McKenzie and Connor Showalter

Overbrook Farms: Neighborhood Club Advocates to Preserve Neighborhood

Overbrook Farms: Neighborhood Club Advocates to Preserve Neighborhood

[vimeo 37327124] This is part of ongoing coverage as the Philadelphia Historic Commission has held public meetings during February to discuss the possibility for a vote to allow Overbrook Farms to become a historic district (visit coverage by our partner, Plan Philly, here). The Overbrook Farms Club has requested the historic designation for the neighborhood since […]

 By Connor Showalter and Jade C. Mckenzie

Overbrook Farms: Historic Designation May Affect a Catholic Church

Overbrook Farms: Historic Designation May Affect a Catholic Church

The potential historical district designation for Overbrook Farms may affect a Catholic church that has been a part of the neighborhood for more than 100 years. While the Philadelphia Historical Commission has recently led discussions to hold a vote for whether the neighborhood will receive a historic designation, the debate has been ongoing for years. […]