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.
October 21, 2005, 2pm PDT | Abhijeet Chavan
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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..."

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Published on Friday, October 21, 2005 in The Philadelphia Inquirer
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