Cedar Park, Philadelphia
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|Area code(s)||Area code 215|
Cedar Park is a neighborhood of the West Philadelphia section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Located in the western portion of the larger University City neighborhood, it stretches north to Larchwood Ave., south to Kingsessing Ave., east to 46th Street, and west to 52nd Street.
Originally outlying farmland, Cedar Park was built between 1850 and 1910 as a streetcar suburb of Center City. Its development as a suburb accelerated with the installation of horsecars in the 1850s and again with the arrival of electric trolley lines in 1892.
It is racially and ethnically diverse, and much of the historic Queen Anne-style architecture still stands.
Since about 2000, the neighborhood has been undergoing gentrification stimulated by the University of Pennsylvania's redevelopment plan for West Philadelphia. There is a distinct progressive-politics mien to the neighborhood and a sizable African immigrant community located along and near Baltimore Avenue between 46th and 49th Streets. Cedar Park's residents are predominantly Jamaican/Caribbean and African immigrants, but many are African American (American-born blacks) or white.
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SEPTA'S Route 34 trolley in the 4500 block of Baltimore Avenue