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Devil's Pocket, Philadelphia
Street in Devil’s Pocket
Street in Devil’s Pocket
Devil's Pocket, Philadelphia is located in Philadelphia
Devil's Pocket, Philadelphia
Devil's Pocket, Philadelphia
Location in Philadelphia
Country  United States
State Pennsylvania
County Philadelphia County
City Philadelphia
ZIP Code
Area code(s) 215, 267, and 445

Devil's Pocket is a small neighborhood in the South Philadelphia section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The neighborhood, bordered by Christian and Taney streets, Grays Ferry Avenue, and the Naval Square development (the former U.S. Naval Asylum). The neighborhood consists of rowhouses tucked near an industrial landscape near the Schuylkill River. A historically Irish-American neighborhood, Devil’s Pocket has seen real estate development and gentrification in recent years, including a major expansion of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

According to one legend, Devil's Pocket got its name after a priest said the local youth were rough enough to steal from the devil’s pocket.

The 1983 novel God's Pocket by Pete Dexter and its later 2014 film adaptation are set in the fictional South Philadelphia neighborhood of God's Pocket, which is based on the tough reputation of Devil's Pocket.

Effects of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia 2017 Expansion Plans

According to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's plan to expand into the Schuylkill neighborhood, sources say it is likely that the Devil's Pocket neighborhood will be absorbed into its neighboring community due to the vast nature of the project as it is likely going to make Devil's Pocket indistinguishable from its neighbor.

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