Bella Vista, Philadelphia
|Neighborhood of Philadelphia|
|Area code(s)||215, 267|
Prior to the Act of Consolidation of 1854, Bella Vista was part of the Moyamensing Township. It was sparsely settled until the 1840s and 1850s when it became an impoverished area on the outskirts of the industrializing city. The New York Tribune noted in 1848 that the districts of Moyamensing and nearby Southwark were composed of "the most graceless vagabonds and unmitigated ruffians" as well as "loafers" who were members of various gangs. In addition to Irish immigrants, it was also once home to a large portion of the city's black population, many of whom were former slaves from the South. In 1852, the Institute for Colored Youth, a school (and later college) for people of African descent, was established at 10th and Bainbridge.
During the late 1800s, Italian immigrants began settling the area in large numbers, which reshaped the neighborhood's character. One of the earliest immigrants, Antonio Palumbo, opened a boardinghouse (Palumbo's) on the corner of 9th and Catharine in 1884 that became the social center of the neighborhood's growing Italian community.
The planned construction of the South Street Expressway in the 1960s led to a drop in property values in the neighborhood. Many of the neighborhood's residents subsequently fled to the suburbs. As they did in adjacent Queen Village, developers and city planners attempted to rebrand the neighborhood and began referring to it as "Bella Vista" in the early 1970s.
The city eventually scrapped plans for the second cross-town expressway. In the late 1970s, the neighborhood began to gentrify due to its proximity to Center City. In 1982, it was featured as a case study in Michael Lang's Gentrification Amid Urban Decline: Strategies for America's Older Cities. During the same era, the neighborhood also experienced an influx of Vietnamese and Mexican immigrants, especially near Washington Ave. While much of the Italian-American community has moved away, many Italian shops and restaurants still remain clustered along the market on 9th Street.
Bella Vista was voted 2016 best neighborhood to live in Philadelphia by Niche.com  and is undergoing a new residential construction housing boom to meet demand; in some cases adaptively reusing, ,  in other cases replacing existing structures  
The neighborhood is served by the Bella Vista Neighbors Association (BVNA), as the primary Registered Community Organization (RCO) in Bella Vista. BVNA holds zoning hearings, safety awareness, cleanup and beautification, coordinates delivery of city services, provides a public forum, and holds social events 
Annual festivals in the neighborhood include the Italian Market Festival.
The Fleisher Art Memorial and Philadelphia's Magic Gardens are two large non-profit cultural institutions located within Bella Vista, along with the DaVinci Art Alliance, Jed Williams Gallery, and others.
School District of Philadelphia operates public schools. Bella Vista contains portions of the catchment area are served by Andrew Jackson Elementary School, William M. Meredith School, George W. Nebinger School, All three K-8 schools are at or nearing capacity and are highly in demand.
Bella Vista is home to Cianfranni Park, located at 8th & Fitzwater; Bardascino Park, located at 10th & Carpenter; Palumbo Park,700 block of Catherine; Palumbo Rec Center, 10th & Fitzwater, and adjacent Starr Garden.
Each park is supported through the volunteer efforts of its own Friends of Parks group, which helps maintain and fundraise to support the maintenance of the park and its trees and plants.  The volunteer groups also produce public events in the parks such as summer concert series, yoga, and outdoor movies. 
Bardascino Park hosts a neighborhood bocce league.
Bella Vista also features a permanent community garden at 10th and Kimball. 
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