Philadelphia is the City of Neighborhoods. What neighborhood do you live in? Sometimes that question is clear cut. If you live at 24th & Spruce you live in Fitler Square. If you live at 3rd & Spruce, Society Hill. But what if you live at 3rd & Gaskill? Society Hill or Queen Village? What about the 2200 block of Rittenhouse? Rittenhouse or Fitler?
Some neighborhoods have ‘hoods within ‘hoods. I live in the Garden Court neighborhood of University City, which is in West Philly. If you live in any of the Fairmount, Spring Garden, Francisville, or Brewerytown neighborhoods, you could also say Art Museum. Sometimes you know the neighborhood but have name options—Graduate, SOSNA, Southwest Center City. And what about the broader terms like Center City, Greater Center City, South Philly, etc. So many options. As a lifelong Greater Center City resident, experienced Realtor, and Temple University Urban Studies major (with a concentration in the City of Philadelphia), I have my strong opinions. Neighborhoods are not official entities, so precise borders can be open to interpretation (and sometimes civic group squabbles). I love this topic and can discuss Philly neighborhoods for hours, so I found this article right up my alley. Please let me know about your neighborhood and how you identify it.