Eastwick is the southwesternmost neighborhood in the city, bordering Philadelphia International Airport and the city line with Delaware County, Pennsylvania at Cobbs Creek and Darby Creek. The Elmwood Park neighborhood borders it to the northeast.
It was largely rural until the 1920s when swampy land was dredged to create room for an airport and other large-scale uses within the city limits. Much of the original housing built before the 1950s lacked sewer service and other urban conveniences. Residents referred to the neighborhood as “The Meadows” and nearby creeks provided recreation in the form of swimming, bathing, and fishing.
In 1958, Eastwick was declared the largest urban renewal project in the country, with the Korman Company making plans to replace the allegedly “poorly maintained and blighted homes” with newer, suburban-style construction in the 1960s and 70s. The neighborhood was one of only three in Philadelphia that grew in population between 1970 and 1990.
Eastwick is served by SEPTA Subway-Surface Route 36, which runs through the neighborhood and terminates at 80th Street–Eastwick station. This station is within walking distance of the Eastwick station on the SEPTA Regional Rail Airport Line; it is the only station on the line between the airport stations and University City station.
Read this recent article describing some of Eastwick’s recent challenges and what steps are being taken to revive the area once more: https://whyy.org/articles/philadelphia-seeks-to-heal-old-eastwick-wound-with-a-village-in-the-city/
Read what some current residents have to say about Eastwick here: https://www.niche.com/places-to-live/n/eastwick-philadelphia-pa/
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