The Rittenhouse Review

A Philadelphia Journal of Politics, Finance, Ethics, and Culture

Wednesday, March 17, 2004  

Or, To My New Neighborhood

The Philadelphia Inquirer today includes a special section on two of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, Old City and Society Hill, the latter being the area that recently became my new home.

Among the Inquirer’s articles about Society Hill:

Society Hill Emerged Amid Tumultuous Times,” by Stephan Salisbury;

Breaking Down the Boundaries,” by Linda K. Harris;

House Hunters Buying Into Vitality, Amenities,” by Eiles Lotozo, because, as you know, in such special sections of newspapers and magazines there must always be a tired article about real estate and housing prices;

Condos, Conversions Take Advantage of Rising Prices,” by Alan J. Heavens, because just one article about real estate is merely standard, a second moves the coverage into its own class of pornography, and that sells;

Living and Breathing History on Blocks Where It Was Made,” by Howard Shapiro;

Local African Americans Left Two Centuries of Landmarks,” by Murray Dubin;

Historic, Hip -- and Homey,” by Julie Stoiber;

Small-town Feel in the Big City,” also by Stoiber; and

First a Field Trip, Now a Dream Fulfilled,” by multiple writers from the community.

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