University City/West Philedelphia

West Philadelphia and University City (which refers to the gentrified part of West Philadelphia around Penn and Drexel) contain a mixture of university students, professors, long-standing residents, and hipsters. Many of the area's residents grew up there, while others have moved to the neighborhood because rents are generally lower and spaces larger than in Center City. West Philadelphia is known for its diversity and its strong sense of community. It also has some of the city's most gorgeous Victorian homes, many of which offer expansive windows, wide porches, and substantial urban backyards. West Philly is home to several excellent restaurants and bars, with more opening their doors every month. Distrito and Pod are among the best places to eat, while Local 44 and the Green Line coffee shop are popular hangouts. Popular stores line Walnut Street between 34th and 40th; west of 40th, you'll find ethnic grocery stores and Philadelphia's Restaurant School. Further south and west, Clark Park lies at the heart of a recently gentrified area. Many community events take place in Clark Park, including frequent farmers' markets and craft fairs. The areas west of 50th Street and south of Chester Avenue see more crime and blight than the area around the universities, though the city and residents have begun to try to revive those neighborhoods.


University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology


Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant


The Gables

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