Suburban-Style Development Going Strong at 45

Philadelphia's Yorktown neighborhood, once an experiment in marketing to middle-class African Americans, continues to mean home to its residents as it nears the half-century mark.

Cul-de-sacs and neighborhood bylaws are beloved elements of this neighborhood adjacent to Temple University. The development was built after WWII on razed urban renewal land by developer Norman Denny, who was known as an innovator in urban housing.

"It began as an "experiment" in urban housing: a suburban-style development built in the heart of the city to be marketed to middle-class African Americans.

With its cul-de-sacs, off-street parking, garages and close-knit neighbors, Yorktown has endured in north-central Philadelphia for 45 years..."

Thanks to CollegeTownLife.com

Full Story: Experiment now cherished home

Comments

Prepare for the AICP Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $199
Planetizen Courses image ad

Planetizen Courses

Advance your career with subscription-based online courses tailored to the urban planning professional.
Starting at $14.95 a month

City Coasters

Hand-drawn engraved maps of your favorite neighborhoods are divided up across 4 coasters making each one unique.
$36.00
Book cover of Contemporary Debates in Urban Planning

Contemporary Debates in Urban Planning

Featuring thought-provoking commentary and insights from some of the leading thinkers and practitioners in the field.
$18.95