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What: Currently a re-populating neighborhood with a mix of original housing stock, including a thriving new-construction market filling in the high number of vacant lots and empty houses which were the result of 60 years of population decline.
Most houses are 15-16 ft. wide
Original houses are generally 2 stories, 1100-1500 square feet, and feature plaster walls with brick facades.
Where: Between Broad St. and 25th St. from east to west, and Washington Ave. and Snyder Ave. from north to south. This is a very large swath of land that doesn't necessarily operate as a cohesive neighborhood; some residents in the southeast section have tried to secede, so to speak, by re-branding with names like Newbold and East Point Breeze.
When: Point Breeze was primarily orchards and farm land dotted with larger houses until the mid 1800's. A rich history of private survey maps, starting in 1808, gives us a history of the land, while census data tells us about the people.
1808-1843: Primarily Rural
1843: Two major diagonal roads cut across the farmland.
Long Lane stretched from the Schuylkill River to 17th & Rodman Sts., which was the south edge of Philadelphia at the time--this later became Point Breeze Ave. and now terminates at 20th & Federal Sts.
Buck Road stretched from the county prison at 11th & Wharton Sts. west to the U.S. Arsenal on the Schuylkill River near what was then a railroad line and is now Washington Ave.
1855: Beginning of the dense street grid that we know today.
1862: Start of industrial development and factory building.
1888: Thriving commercial sector, primarily along Point Breeze Avenue.
Why: Point Breeze offers a great combination of affordability and proximity to Center City. The commercial life of Point Breeze is coming back slowly with bars, restaurants, cafes, and breweries. In fact, it was recently named Philly's Hottest Neighborhood.
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