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Encyclopedia > Chinatown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Chinese "Friendship Arch", 10th and Arch Streets.
Chinese "Friendship Arch", 10th and Arch Streets.

Philadelphia's Chinatown is a small, predominantly Asian neighborhood, located within the Center City district. While similar in concept to the "Chinatowns" of many major U.S. cities, this ethnic enclave possesses a great deal of distinctly Philadelphian architecture and cultural character. Image File history File links Friendship Arch, 10th and Arch Streets, Chinatown, Philadelphia. ... Image File history File links Friendship Arch, 10th and Arch Streets, Chinatown, Philadelphia. ... Philadelphia is a village located in Jefferson County, New York. ... Geographically and technically, both Asian and Asiatic indicates a person, place, thing, or idea original to Asia. ... Center City District, highlighted on a map of Philadelphia County. ... Chinese New Year celebrated in a Chinatown in Paris. ... Motto: E pluribus unum (1789 to present) (Latin: Out of Many, One) In God We Trust (1956 to present) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York, New York Official language(s) None at federal level; English de facto Government • President  â€¢ Vice President Federal republic...


Modern Chinatown spans from Arch to Vine Streets, and from 8th to 11th Streets. The first semblance of the neighborhood appeared in 1850 in the form of a laundry on Tenth and Race Streets. The neighborhood slowly grew from this initial area to encompass much of its current boundaries. Common usage of the term "Chinatown" to refer to the neighborhood began around 1926. During various periods of urban renewal, starting in the 1960's, portions of Chinatown were destroyed in construction of the Independence Mall, Vine Street Expressway, Pennsylvania Convention Center, and other projects. In an attempt to preserve the remnants of Philadelphia's Chinatown, the neighborhood was incorporated in 1969 as the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation. This gave community and business leaders more say in matters of local development. While these conservation efforts and the general popularity of this area have staved off several recent development efforts, its proximity to Philadelphia's expanding downtown has continued to threaten the small neighborhood. Today, Chinatown functions as a popular tourist destination, a center of trade, and as a home to many of the city's finest ethnic restaurants and bakeries. It is also typically considered the heart of the Asian culture in the Delaware Valley metropolitan area. 1850 was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... Man and woman washing linen in a brook, from William Henry Pynes Microcosm, 1806. ... 1926 (MCMXXVI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... Blight often stands side-by-side with new structures during urban renewal efforts. ... Independence National Historic Park, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is the historic area of downtown (or Center City) Philadelphia where Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and the National Constitution Center are located, along with dozens of other historic buildings and educational centers. ... Interstate 676 is an interstate highway that serves as a major thoroughfare through Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Camden, New Jersey. ... The Pennsylvania Convention Center is a multi-use public facility designed to accomodate conventions, exhibitions, conferences and other events. ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...

Chinatown is famous for its "Friendship Arch", an ornate paifang in the heart of the neighborhood. Though a feature common in many North American Chinatowns, the Arch Street incarnation is more elaborately rendered than most. One of the formal entrances or Paifang to Chinatown in London, England. ... World map showing North America A satellite composite image of North America. ...

External links

  • Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation
Neighborhoods of the Center City section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Avenue of the Arts - Callowhill - Chinatown - Elfreth's Alley - Fitler Square - Franklintown - Logan Square - Market East - Old City - Museum District - Penn Center - Penn's Landing - Rittenhouse Square - Society Hill - South Street - Washington Square West

Philadelphia neighbohoods Neighbourhood is also a term in topology. ... Center City District, highlighted on a map of Philadelphia County. ... Philadelphia is a village located in Jefferson County, New York. ... Official language(s) None Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 33rd 119,283 km² 255 km 455 km 2. ... Image File history File links CCPhilaDistrict. ... The Avenue of the Arts is a section of Center City, Philadelphia beginning immediately south of the Philadelphia City Hall (Penn Square) on Broad Street and running roughy south till Washington Ave. ... Callowhill is a neighborhood in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... Elfeths Alley is a residential alley located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... Fitler Square is a city park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, bounded on the east by 23rd Street, on the west by 24th Street, on the north by Panama Street, and on the south by Pine Street. ... Market East is part of the downtown district known as Center City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. ... Old City is a neighborhood in Center City, Philadelphia located in the area near the Delaware River where William Penn and the Quakers first settled. ... Penns Landing is the waterfront area of the Center City along the Delaware River section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. ... Rittenhouse Square is one of the five original open-space parks planned by William Penn during the late 17th century in central Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... Society Hill is a neighborhood in the Center City section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. ... South Street during the daytime, looking west. ... The following are a list of major neighborhoods in the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, organized by broad geographical location within the city: // West Philadelphia Carroll Park Cedar Park - Breadth: North to Larchwood Ave. ...

Center City - North Philadelphia - Northwest Philadelphia - The Northeast - South Philadelphia - Southwest Philadelphia - West Philadelphia Center City District, highlighted on a map of Philadelphia County. ... Map of Philadelphia County with North Philadelphia highlighted. ... Map of Philadelphia County with Northewst Philadelphia highlighted. ... Map of Philadelphia County with Northeast Highlighted. ... South Philadelphia district, highlighted on map of Philadelphia County. ... West Philadelphia is a region of the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on the western side of the Schuylkill River to the city line, centrally located and stretching north and south of Market Street, but not including areas south of Baltimore Ave, which is a part of Southwestern Philadelphia. ...



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