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Old 08-23-2012, 08:53 PM
 
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I heard there was efforts to revitalize this area in Philly. Is there any current word or news on this?
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Old 08-23-2012, 09:44 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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There are plans to revitalize the entire city with the Phila2035 plan.

Otherwise, as gentrification spreads outward more from University City, more and more numbered streets in University City will be gentrified. Down around Spruce and Cedar Ave, gentrification and revitalization is already taking place. Give it another 5 years and you will start seeing MAJOR changes around 52nd street.
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Old 08-23-2012, 10:14 PM
 
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West Philly is what's up with 52nd street. It's like their 69th street, only a bit grittier.
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Old 08-24-2012, 01:54 AM
 
Location: a swanky suburb in my fancy pants
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It is what it is and it serves a purpose as it is. Why would it be revitalized? If the locals want something better they can just go to Center City.
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Old 08-25-2012, 02:45 PM
 
Location: North Jackson
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It's the "heart and soul" of West Philly. It's the "52nd Street Strip." Think WHAT radio and Mary Mason.

If you're on the el coming from downtown, it's where almost everyone gets off. It's the "center" of West Philly.
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Old 08-25-2012, 05:56 PM
 
Location: Rock Hill
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I'd been away from Philly for the last few years. I was surprised at how the University City neighborhood has expanded west on Baltimore Ave. 52nd looking better in 5 years, though? I guess anything is possible, but I'll believe that claim if and when I see it.

52nd St. is rough, and so is everything west of it (and even a few blocks lower). I used to hang out on Haveford Ave over there (north of Market) and it's trouble. Additionally, I don't know exactly what you mean by "gentrification", but if it involves white people, I don't see that happening.

But revitalization would be nice--there or anywhere else that needs it. For that, the first step is simply people taking pride in their city, starting with their own neighborhood or block. No amount of investment money will overcome the apathy of the majority of residents.
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Old 08-25-2012, 08:35 PM
 
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I'd been away from Philly for the last few years. I was surprised at how the University City neighborhood has expanded west on Baltimore Ave. 52nd looking better in 5 years, though? I guess anything is possible, but I'll believe that claim if and when I see it.

52nd St. is rough, and so is everything west of it (and even a few blocks lower). I used to hang out on Haveford Ave over there (north of Market) and it's trouble. Additionally, I don't know exactly what you mean by "gentrification", but if it involves white people, I don't see that happening.

But revitalization would be nice--there or anywhere else that needs it. For that, the first step is simply people taking pride in their city, starting with their own neighborhood or block. No amount of investment money will overcome the apathy of the majority of residents.
They already started. Newcomers don't see the city the same way people from the city or from close to it see the city. They know 52nd Street is West Philly's Main Street so they want to make it their Main Street. There's a link for the plans somewhere on this forum I think.
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Old 08-25-2012, 08:47 PM
 
Location: The Left Toast
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I from West Philly....Used to loved to shop & hang out on the "Pound Duce" =)
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Old 08-25-2012, 09:24 PM
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I will take 69th street any day of the week over 52nd street. That area is the most unattractive area of West Philadelphia. Lancaster Avenue between 42nd and 40th street is a lot more attractive than 52nd street.
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Old 08-26-2012, 01:38 AM
 
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I will take 69th street any day of the week over 52nd street. That area is the most unattractive area of West Philadelphia. Lancaster Avenue between 42nd and 40th street is a lot more attractive than 52nd street.
GOOD 4 YOU and the merchants of 69th street.. I like it too BUT no one asked if it was the nicest looking street but it's where I'm from. Had lots of fun in my younger days and I'll guarantee that still today I could go there and buy sneekers, boots, dress shoes, outfits, etc; that outside of New York, you won't see ANYWHERE else in the US for months if you EVER see them at all. Also it's be much cheaper in price than it will cost in LA, Vegas, Atlanta, Miami, Dallas, Detroit, D.C., etc;...

As a young teen I learned a lot about city life on the strip, met lot's of great people, pretty girls, worked out at the Y after school, took karate classes there and danced at DJ Bobby Dance's hip-hop jams, ate at the Mickey D's, utilized the library, ate at Big Georges, as well as the pizza parlors, Foo Foos Steaks, purchased the latest music and had rap & break dance battles against other kids and their crews... Learned how to shoot craps & C-lo before I ever pulled a slot in AC. Watched local & national politicians give campaign pitches right on the corner under the El, also saw some serious gangsters hanging out at Mr. Silks 3rd Base (lol) had lot's of fun chilling at Black Oak Park and we used walk 5-2 from Whitby to Parkside and all the little streets and neighborhoods behind it. I knew someone or had family in most of the area. The strip was exciting, fun and just a tad dangerous but it was still ours and represented West Philly in a more than a few ways.
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