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    • On Viola Street

Neighbors helping Neighbors: East Parkside and Strawberry Mansion learn from each other

Every neighborhood has its sparkplug advocates, the do-ers who move mountains to improve their corners of the city, who doggedly find resources to benefit their neighbors, and who occasionally take on…

    • Groundbreaking Centennial Commons at West Fairmount Park.

'Centennial Commons' partners break ground on new Parkside park project

The Parkside neighborhood celebrated the groundbreaking of the first phase of Fairmount Park Conservancy’s Centennial Commons project, an initial $4 million investment located between Parkside Avenue and the Centennial District…

    • Letitia House from Girard Avenue, 2016 | Catalina Jaramillo / PlanPhilly

Letitia House to become Centennial Parkside CDC’s headquarters

If you are like most Parkside’s residents, you might have wondered what a small two-and-a-half story brick house is doing on top of a hill, across Girard Avenue from the Philadelphia…

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ABOUT EAST PARKSIDE

East/West Parkside is a neighborhood in West Philadelphia. It is bound by Farimount Park to the northeast, 52nd Street to the northwest, Lancaster Avenue to the southwest, from West Girard Avenue to 36th Street to the southeast. The neighborhood is bisected into East Parkside and West Parkside by Belmont Avenue. The area was almost completely undeveloped until the city of Philadelphia chose this land as the location of the fairground of the Centennial Exhibition of 1876, the United States's first world's fair. The fair included 250 pavilions from 37 different countries and attracted over 10 million people. The fair also brought development to this area; many buildings were constructed for the fair-goers. With the end of the fair came the destruction of all buildings in the area except for Memorial Hall and Horticulture Hall and addtionally the Philadelphia Zoo, built in 1873. Philadelphia's booming economy caused Center City to overcrowd and many residents moved out to West Philadelphia. The 1895 trolley line increased the area's popularity. Developers Frederick Poth and Joseph Schmidt hired various architects to create individualistic Victorian style homes. Poth and Schmidt dubbed the area Parkside for its location. The area attracted wealthy German-American commuters and others who were attracted to the Zoo and the Philadelphia Art Museum, located in Memorial Hall. As the 20th century took its course, the area became less popular for commuters and changed into a Jewish-American and later African-American community. Today the area has become  blighted, but residents are building a better future for their neighborhood.

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