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Point Breeze

A neighborhood in the South Philadelphia section of Philadelphia. It is generally bound by 25th Street to the west, Washington Avenue to the north, Broad Street to the east, and Mifflin Street to the south, although the sections between 18th Street and Broad Street are coming into their own neighborhood as Newbold. Southwest Center City lies to its north, and Passyunk Square lies to its east. Point Breeze is divided from Grays Ferry to the west by a CSX railway viaduct over 25th Street.

'Point Breeze' was originally the name given to a spot on the west side of the Schuylkill River. Point Breeze Avenue then became the road that cut southwest to provide access to the spot from what was at the time Philadelphia proper. The avenue cuts diagonally through the neighborhood's rectilinear street grid.

The Point Breeze neighborhood suffered from abandonment and population decline throughout the mid 20th century. Today it is a neighborhood under revitalization from efforts steered by South Philadelphia H.O.M.E.S. Inc. and the Point Breeze Community Development Coalition Inc., in addition to such organizations as Neighbors in Action, Universal Companies, Point Breeze Business Association, Point Breeze Pioneers greening group and other prominent Philadelphia organizations.

The families, business owners and friends of Point Breeze are gradually working toward a safer, greener community. With the assets of Point Breeze Ave., Chew Playground and Wharton Park, combined with the location nearly 1.5 mi south of Rittenhouse Square, this area is bound to become a great community for Philadelphia residents.

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