A Short History of a Short Street

The Saint Bernard Community Garden campaign makes the cut for this history of our beloved street published on Hidden City Philadelphia.

There are beautiful photos and interesting tidbits throughout. Here are a few lines from the start:

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In West Philly, Saint Bernard Street is less a street name than a collective noun.

It is the designation given to six discrete segments of pavement, all between 49th and 50th Street yet strewn across more than two miles of urban grid. Perhaps because of its fragmented nature, St. Bernard has left relatively little imprint upon the written (and digital) records of a city suffused with history and with people and organizations who labor to document it.

But let us consider just its longest segment–the three blocks of South St. Bernard Street bounded by Florence and Chester Avenues, in the neighborhood of Cedar Park–and inquire: what can the Web tell us about it?

The full article by Bradley Peniston can be found here: A Short History of A Short Street. 

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