- Rhawnhurst, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Rhawnhurst is a residential neighborhood in the Northeast section of
Philadelphia, named for George and William Rhawn by area real estate developers. [ [http://www.phila.gov/phils/Docs/otherinfo/pname3.htm Philadelphia Neighborhoods and Place Names, Q-Z] "Philadelphia Information Locator Service" May 20 1998, retrieved April 10 2006] Roughly bordered by Cottman Avenue to the south, Pennway Street to the west, the Pennypack Creekto the north, and Roosevelt Boulevard to the east, Rhawnhurst encompasses zip codes 19152 and part of zip code 19111. The geographic center of Rhawnhurst is at the intersection of Castor Avenue and Rhawn Street.
1940, development in Philadelphiahad almost reached Cottman Avenue [cite book | last = Miller | first = Frank | coauthors = Morris Vogel, Allen Davis | year = 1983 | title = Still Philadelphia A Photographic History, 1890-1940 | publisher = Temple University Press | location = Philadelphia | id = ISBN 0-87722-306-8 | pages = 254] , but large areas of the Northeast, including Rhawnhurst, were still farmland. [cite book | last = Miller | first = Frank | coauthors = Morris Vogel, Allen Davis | year = 1983 | title = Still Philadelphia A Photographic History, 1890-1940 | publisher = Temple University Press | location = Philadelphia | id = ISBN 0-87722-306-8 | pages = 257] Though much development had taken place in neighboring Mayfair, the area between Pennypack Parkand Cottman Avenue west of the Roosevelt Boulevard had not been subdivided. [cite book | last = Miller | first = Frank | coauthors = Morris Vogel, Allen Davis | year = 1983 | title = Still Philadelphia A Photographic History, 1890-1940 | publisher = Temple University Press | location = Philadelphia | id = ISBN 0-87722-306-8 | pages = 272] The baby boom after World War IIcaused a demand for housing that continued into the 1960s. The new housing stock was built in the open areas of Northeast Philadelphia. Most homes in Rhawnhurst are twins, along with some ranchers and duplexes, largely built by local home builder A.P. Orleans.
The two major modes of transportation in Rhawnhurst are private car and public transportation. Major roads include Cottman Avenue (PA 73), Bustleton Avenue (PA 532), Castor Avenue, Rhawn Street, Algon Avenue, and the Roosevelt Boulevard (U.S. 1). The intersection of Cottman Avenue and the Roosevelt Boulevard is one of the most dangerous in the city; recently red light cameras were installed there to reduce traffic violations. (In a ranking done by State Farm Insurance in 2001, 2 of the 10 most dangerous intersections in the U.S. were on the Roosevelt Boulevard. [ [http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/june01/2001-06-27-intersection-usat.htm Philly road at top of danger list; fixes fairly cheap ] ] ) Several
SEPTAbus lines serve Rhawnhurst, with connections to the Market-Frankford Lineelevated train (the "El"), the Broad Street Subway, and regional rail lines.
There are six primary and secondary schools in Rhawnhurst. The
School District of Philadelphiaoperates four schools in Rhawnhurst. Farrell Elementary Schoolopened during the build up of the Bell's Corner section of Rhawnhurst. Rhawnhurst Elementary School opened in 1955during a period of growth in the neighborhood. Woodrow Wilson Middle School, which predates the neighborhood and though on the south side of Cottman Avenue, is the middle school serving Rhawnhurst. Northeast High School, a replacement for the old Northeast High School building at 8th Street and Lehigh Avenue, opened in 1957. A parochial school, Resurrection of Our Lord Catholic School, opened in 1956and is operated by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The [http://sternhhs.org Stern Hebrew High School] opened in 2000offering the neighborhood a Torahbased education. [ [http://www.jcor.org/ JCOR] "Jewish Community of Rhawnhurst" 2003, retrieved April 11 2006]
Houses of worship
Rhawnhurst is home to people of several faiths. The Church of the Resurrection of Our Lord is the only Roman Catholic church in Rhawnhurst. Major Protestant churches include Redemption Lutheran Church,the Rhawnhurst Baptist Church, All Saints Episcopal Church, and the Rhawnhurst Presbyterian Church. There are several synagogues and Jewish congregations in Rhawnhurst including [http://www.ahavas-torah.org Ahavas Torah] , [http://www.jcor.org/synagogues.html#BETHMEDRASHHARAV Beth Medrash Harav] , [http://www.bnaiisrael.us B'nai Israel - Ohev Zedek] , The
LubavitcherCenter, Ner Zedek Ezrath Israel, Ohr Somayach, and [http://www.jcor.org/synagogues.html#MesilatYesharim Congregation Mesilat Yesharim] .
There is very little, if any, industry in Rhawnhurst. There is, however, much commercial development. Major shopping centers include the Bell's Corner Shopping Center, the Cottman Bustleton Center, and the
Roosevelt Mall, which opened in 1964at Cottman Avenue and the Roosevelt Boulevard. Many smaller storefronts also line Castor Avenue, Bustleton Avenue, and Cottman Avenue.
The major recreation attraction in Rhawnhurst is
Pennypack Park, one of the largest urban parks in the U.S., and the northern border of the neighborhood. Bradford Park, a smaller park popular as a dog parkis located near the Roosevelt Mall. The Pelbano Recreation Center (colloquially called "Solly" because of its location on Solly Avenue), is a playgroundoperated by the City of Philadelphia. Other recreational destinations include the Northeast Regional Library.
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