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Whitman, Philadelphia

Whitman
Neighborhood of Philadelphia
Whitman Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia
Whitman Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia
Country  United States
State Pennsylvania
County Philadelphia County
City Philadelphia
Area code(s) Area code 215

Whitman is a neighborhood in the South Philadelphia section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. It is bounded on the west by Sixth Street, on the east by Front Street, on the south by Bigler Street, and on the north by Snyder Avenue. The name "Whitman" was adopted when the nearby Walt Whitman Bridge was being constructed in the 1950s.[1]

Demographics

According to the 2000 Census, Whitman has 26,300 inhabitants (combined with Queen Village and Southwark). The racial makeup of the community is White, 60 percent; Black, 27 percent; Asian, 8 percent; Latino, 5 percent. About 40 percent of the population is under 18. It has a large Catholic Italian American population and very large Irish American population as well.

Origin of the name

When the neighborhood was declared an urban-renewal area in the mid-1950s, the nearby Walt Whitman Bridge also was being constructed. It was only logical, then, to lend the poet's name to the neighborhood as well.

Famous residents

Major landmarks

  • Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 2329 S. Third St., which is more than 100 years old.
  • Mifflin Square, Fifth and Wolf Streets.
  • Whitman Library, 200 Snyder Ave.
  • Whitman Plaza shopping center, Fourth Street and Oregon Avenue.

The SS United States are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[2]

Architecture

Mostly two-bedroom rowhomes that later were expanded to include extra rooms; most are constructed from brick.

State Senate district

First, Larry Farnese (D)

State House district

184th, William Keller (D)

City Council district

First, Mark Squilla (D)

Ward

39th

Police district

Third

Civic groups and townwatches

Whitman Town Watch, Whitman Council

Education

Schools

The School District of Philadelphia operates public schools.

  • George Sharswood Elementary, 2300 S. Second St.
  • John H. Taggart Elementary, 400 Porter St.

Public libraries

The Free Library of Philadelphia Whitman Branch serves the community.[3]

References

  1. ^ The place where you live: Whitman
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places.  
  3. ^ "Whitman Branch." Free Library of Philadelphia. Retrieved on October 19, 2012.
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