Girard Estates – artichoke pioneer; & a Pennsport development update

Photo by the Inky's Clem Murray
Photo by the Inky’s Clem Murray

Girard Estate, the historic neighborhood south of West Passyunk and roughly bordered by Shunk, 18th and 22nd streets, is arguably the loveliest part of South Philly but it’s often overlooked. It got some overdue attention this weekend when it was highlighted in the Inquirer’s weekly Town by Town series.

So here are a couple highlights from the Inky:

  • “It’s a leafy oasis, a neighborhood many people long to move to but whose residents never want to leave”
  • “A place with mature trees that add so much to the neighborhood.”
  • The neighborhood has its roots as the farm of Revolutionary War financier Stephen Girard, who bought the land in 1797 and grew America’s first artichokes.

Read the full story here, including the part with the woman who moved there because she missed the sound of SEPTA buses.

Incidentally, the park holding Girard’s former house at 21st and Porter also happens to be the site of this weekend’s Vendemmia festival celebrating homemade winemakers. So you can check out the mix of architectural styles for yourself.

Way across town in Pennsport, Pennporter provided a comprehensive update on three large projects happening in that neighborhood: Constitution Court, Metropolis

2 thoughts on “Girard Estates – artichoke pioneer; & a Pennsport development update

  • September 26, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    really?? way across town??

    • September 26, 2013 at 3:45 pm

      Really? That was a figure of speech. It’s just on the other side of South Philly, which I agree isn’t very far.

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