Koreatown, Philadelphia

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Koreatown
Neighborhood of Philadelphia
H-Mart on Cheltenham Avenue in Cheltenham, one of the areas in the Philadelphia area that has a significant Korean population.
H-Mart on Cheltenham Avenue in Cheltenham, one of the areas in the Philadelphia area that has a significant Korean population.
Country  United States
State Pennsylvania
County Philadelphia County
City Philadelphia
Area code(s) Area code 215
Upper Darby is one area where there are significant pockets of Korean people, at Fairfield Avenue and Garrett Road

The city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the United States has a Koreatown that is located in the Olney section of the city. Due to issues with the historic location, most of the Koreans left for the suburbs with concentrations now in areas such as Upper Darby and 52nd Street in West Philadelphia and in Cheltenham near North Philadelphia also being large pockets of Korean people.[1]

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According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Koreatown had "moved" from the Olney section, as there was "too much crime" and the "schools were not good."[2] In Olney, the tensions were high between Koreans and black communities who did not want the section of the town to be officially declared "Koreatown" causing much violence and crime to be committed not only against Koreans, but Asians in general.[3] The original Koreatown existed on North 5th Street (which is in Olney) since 1984, with Korean language signs put up to help official recognition of the area, those signs were often vandalized.[1]

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Coordinates: 39°57′38″N 75°15′46″W / 39.96062°N 75.26277°W / 39.96062; -75.26277