As gentrification, development and displacement come to Southwest Philadelphia, direct investments in local leaders and youth will amplify neighborhood voices, histories and priorities.
With 110,000 residents along the Tidal Schuylkill River in what was once Lenapehoking, Southwest Philadelphia is a neighborhood of rich history, culture, and traditions, made up of families with roots stretching back generations alongside recent immigrants from West Africa, the Caribbean, and Southeast Asia.
With one of the city’s highest poverty rates, it is also a neighborhood that has often been left out of telling its own history and charting its own future, as industrialization and external profit crowd out the voices of local residents.
At the heart of Southwest Philadelphia is Bartram’s Garden, a free 45-acre public park where more than 95,000 people visit each year to bike, boat, fish, farm, and create. As further development and displacement disrupt our neighborhood, the Garden is investing directly in Southwest leadership to ensure that neighbors have a voice in both how their stories are told and how this area grows.