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Much like areas of West Philadelphia, this page has been getting it's share of vandalism recently. I and a number of others have faithfully been adding material in an effort to bring this page up to snuff compared to other Philly pages, and here we go with vandalism.

I hope those who have been working to keep things clean stay vigilant, and those who have been contributing, right on!


Should we use odd statistical definitions to define what "West Philadelphia" is? In particular, it seems absurd to state categorically that areas south of Baltimore Avenue are not part of West Philly. I know many people who live in that area, and all describe themselves as living in "West Philly." It is very odd for Clark Park and areas right by Penn to not be part of West Philly, while places as far afield as St. Joe's are considered to be part of West Philadelphia. I understand that this is the semi-official statistical designation, but it doesn't really correspond very well to actual usage, imo, and we should note that in general usage, West Philadelphia refers to everything west of the Schuylkill. john k 07:58, 14 March 2006 (UTC)

Well first off that def is not correct anyway, the border would be the R2 (Old B&O line) tracks south of Baltimore Ave. Using that def, Clark Prak/Woodland Terrace/SW Cedar Park, would be included in the West Philadelphia Area. Secondly i think the new defenation that you have now is totaly wrong, i have never herd anyone refer to everything west of the Schuykill as being West Philadelphia. I seriopulsy doubt that anyone would consider the Airport, Eastwick, Elmwood, or Kingsessing as being part of west philadelphia, unless they want to imporve the property values by maiking them seem like their in the UC. Also the relation of distance of one point to another has no relvance to where it is clasified. I mean why not say Penn is in Center City then becuse it's closer to Rittenhouse Square then it is to Cobbs Creek Park, or that the Northern Liberties is in Center City becuase it is closer to TJU then it is to LaSalle. I used a variety of sources to id these areas, many of which were compiled by your university, which does extensive studies on neighbohoods in the city. --Boothy443 | trácht ar 10:54, 14 March 2006 (UTC)
Well, fair enough, correct the original, then. john k 15:35, 14 March 2006 (UTC)

These days the R3 tracks are the de facto boundary between West and Southwest but historically, Southwest Philly began where the street grid changed to the Southwest orientation. So, "Southwest is south of Baltimore" isn't entirely inaccurate. You're not wrong, I would just make a point to note the change in use. (talk) JR —Preceding undated comment added 22:03, 26 January 2010 (UTC).

Jewish West Philly[edit]

around the 1920's through the early 1960's West Philly had a large Jewish Community

It would be great if someone could add some pics of the jewish community and shopps in West Philly fro back in the day.

Priority of REDIRECT page[edit]

Is there a reason why West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania redirects to West Philadelphia instead of the other way around? If no one objects, I'll move/reverse it in a few days. Ar-wiki 00:24, 25 April 2007 (UTC)

Because West Philadelphia is a neighborhood, not a city? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:38, 17 June 2012 (UTC)

Philadelphia assessment[edit]

The article has greatly imporved, but is still weak in some areas. The article lacks information on neighborhoods, government, media and culture. It is also weak in history and education. Look at Northeast Philadelphia as an idea on way to improve the conent. The article also completely lacks references and citations which must be fixed. The missing information and lack of any references keeps this from being a B class. Medvedenko 02:06, 7 June 2007 (UTC)

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ARE YOU SHITTIN IN MY PANTS? ------Bill Kurtz —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:19, 7 January 2009 (UTC)

...born and raised? Seriously tho, there's so much about West Philly that isn't documented here that the fresh prince is the least of our worries. There's just so much history here. What about the grave of the founder of the Campbell Soup Company? How about the history of Clark Park as a revolutionary war hospital? The lives of Margaret Mead, Wilt Chamberlin, and Paul Robeson. What about in 1985, when the neighborhood burned during a confrontation between city police and MOVE? The significant events that happened here are endless. fintler (talk) 13:48, 20 August 2009 (UTC)
I just noticed the section about MOVE. Maybe it's time to start considering that I'm never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down and that we should make a section on the fresh prince. ;) fintler (talk) 13:50, 20 August 2009 (UTC)