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City design board, neighbors decry plan for Callowhill storage facility

Philadelphia’s Civic Design Review board has added its voice to a loud chorus of opposition to a plan to build a six-story storage facility in the middle of the growing Callowhill…

    • A  2007 photo of a vacant lot at 900 Callowhill Street.

Trump's development tax break presents 'unusual' opportunity for Philly, Drexel fellow says

A 35,000-square-foot lot at 900 Callowhill Street has been sitting vacant for over a year, hosting little more than a patch of weeds as the neighbors wait for hard hats to…

    • Stairs up to the Rail Park from the 1100 block of Callowhill, May 2018 / Neal Santos for PlanPhilly

In Common: Rail Park opens, carrying the freight of a changing neighborhood

What does it mean to create a new park in a changing, sometimes contested neighborhood? Next in our series about Philly's changing public spaces, Ashley Hahn takes a deep dive into…

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ABOUT CALLOWHILL

 

Callowhill is a neighborhood in Center City Philadelphia. It is located in the area surrounding Callowhill Street, bound by Vine Street, Broad Street, Spring Garden Street, and 8th Street. Prior to the 1840s, Callowhill was mostly farmland. Following the construction of the Baldwin Locomotive Company factory in the 1830s, the area started to become industrialized. Soon afterward, families arrived to work in the factories and the area became a both an industrial and residential neighborhood. In 1897, Callowhill gained its defining feature: the Reading Viaduct, built as a commuter train trestle for the Reading Railroad. Starting in the 1960s, the population of the Callowhill neighborhood began to decline as its residents and businesses moved to other parts of the city and to the suburbs. In the 1990s, Callowhill’s population began to increase. Old factories were revitalized and neglected spaces turned into popular loft housing. Today the population of Callowhill is relatively small compared to other parts of the city. Founded in 2000, the Callowhill Civic Association promotes the community and assists development in the neighborhood through Neighborhood Cleanups, Block Captains, Litter Can Program, and a Town Watch Program.

RESOURCES

Callowhill Civic Association

Reading Viaduct Project

PhillyHistory Blog on Callowhill

Wikipedia on Callowhill

 

Callowhill is a neighborhood in Center City Philadelphia. It is located in the area surrounding Callowhill Street, bound by Vine Street, Broad Street, Spring Garden Street, and 8th Street. Prior to the 1840s, Callowhill was mostly farmland. Following the construction of the Baldwin Locomotive Company factory in the 1830s, the area started to become industrialized. Soon afterward, families arrived to work in the factories and the area became a both an industrial and residential neighborhood. In 1897, Callowhill gained its defining feature: the Reading Viaduct, built as a commuter train trestle for the Reading Railroad. Starting in the 1960s, the population of the Callowhill neighborhood began to decline as its residents and businesses moved to other parts of the city and to the suburbs. In the 1990s, Callowhill’s population began to increase. Old factories were revitalized and neglected spaces turned into popular loft housing. Today the population of Callowhill is relatively small compared to other parts of the city. Founded in 2000, the Callowhill Civic Association promotes the community and assists development in the neighborhood through Neighborhood Cleanups, Block Captains, Litter Can Program, and a Town Watch Program.

RESOURCES

Callowhill Civic Association

Reading Viaduct Project

PhillyHistory Blog on Callowhill

Wikipedia on Callowhill

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