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Philadelphia Travel Guide

Queen Village and South Philadelphia

Two of the city's most interesting neighborhoods lie south of South Street—Queen Village (also known as Southwark) and South Philadelphia. Queen Village, stretching from Front to 6th Street and from South Street to Washington Avenue, was the center of the commercial and shipbuilding activity that made Philadelphia the biggest port in the colonies and in the young United States. One of

the oldest sections of the city, Queen Village was already settled by the Swedes when the English arrived; the Swedish influence shows in street names such as Swanson, Christian, and Queen.

Directly south of Society Hill, Queen Village is neither as glamorous nor as historically renowned as its neighbor. Chiseled in stone on one facade are these words: "on this site in 1879, nothing happened!" But like Society Hill, Southwark's Queen Village and South Philadelphia's Bella Vista neighborhoods have been gentrified by young professionals; the restoration attracted chic, hip bars, restaurants, and interesting shops.

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