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    • SEPTA Planner Jennifer Barr talks with local residents

Planning Commission, SEPTA offer vision of improved trails and transit along the Wissahickon

In the coming years, one of SEPTA’s busiest transportation facilities could see an overhaul while the Schuylkill River Trail may, finally, connect through Manayunk, thanks to the Wissahickon Gateway Plan. On…

    • The Historic Preservation Task Force meets in Philadelphia University‚Äôs Kanbar Center

At its 3rd meeting, Philadelphia’s Historic Preservation Task Force looks at the good and bad of Philly’s historic preservation ordinance

When it was launched back in April, Philadelphia’s Historic Preservation Task Force was intended to help ensure that historic preservation was as much a part of the discussion around urban growth…

    • Penn Medicine new patient pavilion - from 34th St, Foster + Partners, HDR | CDR Nov 2016

St. Rita Place & Cascia Center, Foster + Partners' new Penn hospital building pass design review

Tuesday afternoon’s Civic Design Review (CDR) meeting was the last in 2016, ending a banner year where the board considered the merits of 45 projects. This record-setting total speaks to the…

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ABOUT EAST FALLS

East Falls, named after the rapids that used to run down the Schuylkill River, is a neighborhood in North West Philadelphia. The neighborhood is bordered by the Wissahickon Avenue to the Schuylkill River and from Lincoln Drive to Roosevelt Boulevard. The East Falls original inhabitants, the Lenni-Lenape Indians, knew of the areas bountiful natural resources and established numerous camps in the area. By 1755 the Lenni-Lenape Indians fled their prized fishing spot, driven out by the New European colonists. The rivers fast moving current provided everything the community and city needed: food and hydropower. Residents at the time could hardly keep up with the abundance of catfish within the area, with a favorite dish of the time being “catfish and waffles”, an idea Mrs. Robert Watkins introduced at her acclaimed tavern the “Falls Tavern”. During the industrial revolution, the city of Philadelphia relied on the electrical power generated by the dam above East Falls to proved power for the factories and homes within the city. Today East Falls is home to numerous institutions and businesses, with other diverse and unique retail and recreational facilities opening up every year. East Falls prides itself on their vibrant history, active community, and attractive properties, which continue to establish East Falls as a vital part of Philadelphia. 

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East Falls Community Council 

East Falls News: "Fallser

East Falls Development Corporation

UPCOMING EVENTS IN EAST FALLS

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