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    • Lancaster Avenue, James Wright

How West Philadelphia businesses answer MLK's call to action

By Jabari K. Jones “We’ve got to realize that the moment is before us!” Those are the words that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. used to energize a thunderous, cheering crowd at…

    • Cobbs Creek | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group

Record turnout to kick off West District Plan

Last Thursday, at West Philadelphia High School, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission commenced its second to last district planning process. The commission began crafting district plans for every corner of the…

    • Cecil B. Moore Avenue just west of Broad Street by Temple University (file) | Lindsay Lazarski / WHYY

Parsing income-based definitions of gentrification

What is the opposite of gentrification? By one definition, it might be happening in a small rectangular census tract in North Philadelphia, which runs from Broad to 19th streets from Montgomery…



Haddington is a neighborhood in West Philadelphia. It is bounded on the east by 52nd Street, on the west by 63rd Street, on the north by Girard Avenue, and on the south by Chestnut Street. Prior to the 19th century, this area was mostly uninhabited. During the 19th century, the area became a kind of industrial village and most likely began to be called Haddington, possibly after Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland, UK. In 1890, a single developer and investor, William Smith, purchased land in the area and encouraged the use of the name of Haddington. Throughout the 1890s, Smith built both commercial and residential structures which took  the place of the older industrial structures. Between 1903 and 1907, the Market-Frankford Elevated line was constructed in West Philadelphia. The train line had a stop within this neighborhood, which brought in a variety of new residents and the need to develop the area. The most concentrated development in this area took place from 1909 to 1915, when many rowhouses were built in the colonial and classical revival styles. Today almost all of the homes that were built by 1927 remain standing, making it the best preserved example of development during the Elevated’s construction. This predominately African-American neighborhood has fallen on hard times but appears to be improving.


Haddington Historic District

Wikipedia on Haddington


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