The Old City Area of Philadelphia and It's Vision 2026
The Old City area of Philadelphia has evolved over the years from mere caves dug into the banks of the Delaware River to an industrial, financial, commercial and transportation mecca known as America's most historic square mile. Well into the 21st century this area has become a mecca of wholesale businesses, transit centers, and manufacturing operations that flourish there today.
Old City's modern era began in the 1970's with businesses claiming the old industrial lots and these were made over into workspaces, homes, art galleries and performance arenas. Now, more than three decades after the Revolution, the area has changed into a whole new experience.
With a great location and opportunity here both business and residential areas have blossomed. Living in the same environment as our founding fathers residents enjoy new condos, luxury homes, industrial lofts, and historic townhouses that reflect the old and new.
Home to some of the country's most historic locations, like Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, Old City has set in motion a development and improvement program known as "Vision 2026" that is expected to be finished in time for the celebration of the 250th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. This undertaking will include a proposed multi-story building at 205 Race Street as well as a 216 unit development at 401 Race Street, a new series of townhomes throughout the area, and new a development at the National.
Also included in the development is a 118,000 square foot state-of-the-art Museum of the American Revolution which is expected to open in 2017. The museum will be a marvelous addition to the city and will be located just two blocks from Independence Hall and about one block from Benjamin Franklin's home. It will house such artifacts as weapons, textiles, manuscripts and fine art as well as some of George Washington's personal items.
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