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    • Mifflin Square Park, June 24, 2017 | Julia Bell / PlanPhilly

Mifflin Square Park improvements start with small moves, build toward big change

The typical hallmarks of a neighborhood convening were there: Parents dutifully pointing their smartphones at their teenagers dancing on the stage. Neighbors milling about drinking refreshments from a stand. Community groups…

    • Parents from John H. Taggart Elementary School gather materials to create model | Mifflin Square Plan

Imagining a better Mifflin Square through memories and a cardboard model

On a recent Wednesday morning, 10 adults sat around a big table at John H. Taggart Elementary School library, in South Philadelphia. They were using colored paper, pieces of cloth, little…

    • Catching up with food and tunes at First Friday on Race Street Pier

Ten years later, five ways Philly should keep building on Civic Vision for Central Delaware

On this day in 2006 then-Mayor John Street signed an executive order to create a civic vision for seven miles of Philadelphia’s Delaware River waterfront. That vision, led by PennPraxis, was…



Whitman, named because of its close proximity to the Walt Whitman Bridge, is neighborhood in South Philadelphia. It extends from Bigler Street to Snyder Avenue and from 6th Street to Front Street. The neighborhood itself is easily lost within its adjacent neighborhoods, often being regarded as a part of Pennsport. While the area’s history is brief, it is full of controversy and struggle. Whitman Park, the proposed 1950’s low-income housing development, was at the center of the neighborhood's protest. Residents recall people lying in front of bulldozers to prevent the destruction of their neighborhood. In fact, the Whitman Council was established for the soul purpose of fighting off large-scale development. This area has seen minor developments since the Whitman Park “fiasco,” but for the most part has remained the same as it has always been. The area is also remembered for its resident, Joey Coyle, who stole 1.2 million dollars when it fell out of an armored truck. The story was later turned into the movie Money for Nothing.


South Philly Review on Whitman


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