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Fairhill

Fairhill is a neighborhood on the east side of North Philadelphia bordered by Front Street to the east, Germantown Avenue (10th Street) to the west, Allegheny Avenue to the north, and Cumberland Street to the south.  The neighborhood serves as the center of the Hispanic community of Philadelphia, and is known for its “El Centro de Oro” commercial strip along North 5th Street (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairhill,_Philadelphia).

Today the area that was once filled with farm land is a vibrant collection of cultures and heritage. The neighborhood is predominantly Hispanic, having 10 times the overall percentage in Philadelphia. Unfortunately, the area has also been associated with high crime and drug abuse, mainly because of its publicized drug market as seen in Steve Lopez’s novel, Third and Indiana. However the neighborhood is fighting back with highly engaged civic associations and active community watch programs (http://planphilly.com/neighborhoods/fairhill).

Check out some recent initiatives here:  https://whyy.org/articles/arts-center-in-citys-poorest-neighborhood-teaches-culture-and-salvation/


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