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West Philadelphia History

zip codes 19151, 19131 - West Philadelphia (beyond University City)

West Philadelphia reaches from the Schuylkill River’s western shore, to City Line Avenue in the Northwest. Cobbs Creek to the southwest and the Septa R3  Media-Elwyn line in the south. The land rises gently from the Schuykill to Belmont Plateau area of Fairmount Park in the Northwest. Once the area boasted homes inhabited by well-to-do professionals who commuted by the Elevated Line, (completed in 1907), and other public transportation to Center City. At one time trolleys were horse-drawn. Electrified cars arrived in 1892.

West Philadelphia saw a decline beginning in the Great Depression, and a deterioration of housing stock followed. (The area called University City has undergone revitalization and has become home to pricey real estate. (It is discussed elsewhere).

From the later 1800s on, developers had concentrated on substantial homes on smaller lots; some of these houses were semi-detached; some were row homes. After the First World War garages began to appear, as well as art-deco type apartment houses. Wherever there was an elevated line station there was retail activity. Mass construction ended in the 1930s.

West Philadelphia is home to the country’s oldest zoo.  The Philadelphia Zoo attracts school children from all over eastern Pennsylvania. On Girard Avenue at the edge of Fairmount Park, the Zoo is close to the imposing remnants of the Centennial Exhibition of 1876, which marked 100 years of Independence. The large pillars that marked the entrance to the exhibition, Memorial Hall, and the Japanese House and Garden still stand and attract visitors. The Mann Music Center of the Performing Arts sits atop George’s Hill.


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West Philadelphia neighborhoods include Overbrook, Powelton Village, Parkside, Mantua, Cobbs Creek, Wynnefield, Wynnefield Heights, Haddington, Carroll Park and Belmont, among others. Slowly but surely, some sections of West Philadelphia are experiencing rejuvenation, but the area still has neighborhoods that are run down. In some places there are abandoned houses and dilapidated commercial buildings. Houses in West Philadelphia sell anywhere from $30,000 to $200,000 for select properties in Wynnefield, Wynnefield Heights, and Overbrook Park.


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