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Old 05-10-2019, 02:32 PM
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Market East is East Philly....
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Old 05-10-2019, 04:38 PM
Location: Germantown, Philadelphia
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Originally Posted by Redddog View Post
Market East is East Philly....
When I moved here, there was a community weekly called The South St. Star that dubbed itself "The Community News of East Philadelphia."

In a very technical sense, if we make City Hall the center of the city - it was the center of Thomas Holme's grid - then anything east of it would have been "East Philadelphia."

But the city was settled from the Delaware westward, so there was no such animal, as has already been noted.

One other oddity: When the grid was finished in the early 18th century, the numbering system at the time numbered the houses inland from the two rivers: there were two Front Streets, one on the Delaware and the other on the Schuylkill, and the numbers increased as you headed away from the rivers. Houses also were numbered consecutively from 1 at the river, again in both directions (though since there was no development west of about 6th Street at the time, this wasn't much of an issue). I'm guessing that as the city grew westward towards Center Square, someone figured out how this system might be impractical, and the street and house numbers were changed so that the street numbers increased westward from the Delaware and the house numbers began with the number of the cross street to their east, thus increasing by 100 every major block (or "square" in occasional local parlance). Unless I'm mistaken, that made this city also the first in the US to adopt that house numbering convention.
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Old 05-13-2019, 07:56 AM
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Originally Posted by Urban Spaceman View Post
East Philly is the River Wards on the eastern edge of the city. They were once considered the Lower NE but the NE is so huge and sprawling that the Lower NE actually starts around Harbison and Torresdale.
I am with Urban Spaceman. Maybe Pennsport too to add to that.
Market East and CC could fit a separate "region" of being in the "center" as opposed to N,S,E,W.
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