Hawthorne is a neighborhood located between Broad Street and 11th Street, and extends from South Street to
Washington Avenue. Hawthorne is rapidly changing. Most of this change commenced with the demolition of Martin
Luther King Jr. Plaza, a public housing high-rise complex at 13th and Fitzwater Street. Over the past ten years
many new residents have moved into the area. One issue that the neighborhood faces is a lack of communication
and integration regarding the different needs and views of the older and newer residents. However, there are
multiple very active civic associations in the area and in 2013 renovations on Hawthorne Park were completed
providing these groups with a beautiful place to congregate. PhillyRising is excited to work alongside many
residents who are passionate about seeing Hawthorne achieve its full potential as a neighborhood.
Point Breeze is the name given to the area in South Philadelphia bounded by 25th Street and Broad Street, from Washington Avenue to Snyder Avenue. Point Breeze was once a thriving community of diverse immigrants and generations of stable residents, but has recently been plagued by issues surrounding quality of life and crime. There are several community groups working to rejuvenate the area, and PhillyRising has been working with these local groups and city agencies to help bring a brighter future to Point Breeze.
Southeast Philadelphia is neighborhood that was historically an African American, Caucasian and Cambodian community. Over the last twenty years, the area became more diverse as refugees from Bhutan and Nepal have resettled in the neighborhood. The community is a mix of business and residential properties, and has several different community organizations throughout the area to support the needs of the neighborhood’s diverse population.