- Spring Garden, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Finkel [Finkel 1995:168.] defines Spring Garden as "North of
Benjamin Franklin Parkwayto Fairmount Avenue, Broad Street to Schuylkill River." The Philadelphia Information Locator Service list [Philadelphia Information Locator Service: "Philadelphia Neighborhoods and Place Names."] (augmented from the Finkel 1995 list), repeats Finkel's definition of the neighborhood's boundaries. One qualification that should be added is that this definition would have Spring Garden as extending deep into Center City, nearly all the way to City Hall. The other boundary that most would agree Finkel omitted is Vine Street.
The neighborhood name is quite old, going back many decades before Philadelphia's Act of Consolidation, when the area was part of the Spring Garden District of Philadelphia County, not yet part of the city. Finkel [Finkel 1995:168.] gives 1808 as the year it first appears in the written sources that he and his contributors consulted. The Philadelphia Information Locator Service list [Philadelphia Information Locator Service: "Philadelphia Neighborhoods and Place Names."] (augmented from the Finkel 1995 list), while repeating Finkel's definition of the neighborhood's boundaries, gives 1813 as the earliest year of use.
The neighborhood has been riding the wave of Center City's economic revitalization, being a prime place to live for Center City office workers.
Gentrificationhas been a welcome reversal of earlier decline, but it is also a source of stress for long-term residents who do not want their neighborhood's identity to be simply whisked away by the highest bidders.
Spring Garden is zoned to schools in the
School District of Philadelphia.
Fairmount is zoned to Spring Garden School [http://www.centercityschools.com/Spring_Garden/default.html] for Kindergarten through 8th grade and Benjamin Franklin High School for high school [http://www.centercityschools.com/Spring_Garden/graduates.html] .
* [http://www.parkway22.com Parkway22] : Proposed Condo tower to be constructed at 21st St and Spring Garden
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