East Passyunk Crossing, Philadelphia facts for kids
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East Passyunk Crossing
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|Area code(s)||215, 267, and 445|
East Passyunk Crossing is a South Philadelphia neighborhood. Its location is considered to be from Tasker Street to Snyder Avenue, Broad Street to 6th Street.
The address range of southbound and northbound streets is 1600 to 2099, and of eastbound and westbound streets it is 600 to 1399.
The name and boundaries of East Passyunk Crossing originated when the East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association (EPX), a Registered Community Organization of the City of Philadelphia, was formed. The neighborhood is bounded by the neighborhoods of Newbold to its west, Passyunk Square to its north, Dickinson Square West and Greenwich to its east, and Lower Moyamensing to its south.
The New Gayborhood
Joseph F. Marino, co-chair of the East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association and Town Watch said, "When I was a boy, there were maybe three gay men in the neighborhood. Now there are three on every block."
Civic association and town watch
The East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association and Town Watch, Inc. aims to "advance the civic pride and preserve the historic integrity" of the area.
The organization's activities are directed by five standing committees: Beautification (Clean and Green), Public Safety/Town Watch, Zoning/Planning, Community Relations (Marketing and Events) and Membership. Activities include monthly street clean-ups, neighborhood fairs, weekly Town Watch patrols and representation at local Zoning Board Commission hearings.
In addition to significant upgrades to the "gate" area of East Passyunk Ave., an effort is currently underway to raise funds to erect a statue at 13th and Passyunk honoring World Middleweight boxing champion Joey Giardello.
The neighborhood has a population of over 12,000 residents, with the majority being homeowners, and the median age is about 35. The rowhouse is the primary type of home construction, most built over 100 years ago.
The increasing LGBT population in the area, along with LGBT-owned or friendly businesses in the area has led some to name the area the "New Gayborhood". Joseph F. Marino, co-chair of the East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association and Town Watch said, "When I was a boy, there were maybe three gay men in the neighborhood. Now there are three on every block."
- Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti Catholic High School, a Roman Catholic high school for 9th to 12th grade, 1736 South 10th Street.
- Southwark School, a Philadelphia Public School for Pre-K to 8th grade, 1835 S. 9th St.
- St. Anthony of Padua Regional Catholic School, for Pre-K to 8th grade, 913 Pierce Street.
The Free Library of Philadelphia's South Philadelphia Library branch, at 1700 South Broad Street, serves this neighborhood.
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