Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia

West Philadelphia Map

Reaching from the Schuylkill River to the western city line, West Philadelphia developed as a distant suburb of Philadelphia between 1720 and 1840. Increasingly linked to the city during the nineteenth century by population growth, bridges, and new forms of transportation, West Philadelphia offers insights about American suburbanization throughout the processes of revolution, industrialization, and globalization. These outlying neighborhoods reveal patterns of residential expansion, commercial development, and metropolitan growth that persist into the early twenty-first century.

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