The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage


Support for the research and development of Old City Arts History Project has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

[ The views expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Pew Charitable Trusts. ]

Philadelphia Dance Projects


From its inception in 1993, Philadelphia Dance Projects (PDP) has engaged stellar dance artists many of whom were enlarging the modern and postmodern vocabularies with personal and/or cultural explorations in both technique and content. Today, Philadelphia Dance Projects achieves its mission by presenting stimulating performances, “informances”, workshops and classes for artists, aspiring artists, students and a broad-based audience. The mission of Philadelphia Dance Projects is to support contemporary dance through Projects that encourage artists and audiences to more fully participate and engage in the experience and pursuit of dance as an evolving form.

“South Street is where it used to be. Old City is where it’s at.”

– Philadelphia Magazine April 1976

Old City District


Old City District’s mission is to improve Philadelphia’s historic district as a place for people to meet, work, shop and live, by supplementing municipal services with maintenance, public safety, economic development and promotional programs.


The service area for Old City District (OCD) includes the 22-block area bounded by Florist Street to the north, Walnut/Dock Streets to the south, 6th Street to the west and Front Street to the east. This map generally depicts those boundaries


Old City District was established by ordinance of Philadelphia City Council in 1998. OCD supplements, rather than replaces, the services of the municipal government — helping businesses be successful, visitors to enjoy their experience here and residents to maintain a high quality of life.


Old City is home to an incomparable set of U.S. historical assets. Here in America’s “most historic square mile”, Independence National Historical Park is an international destination, attracting 3.6 million visitors annually. Important culturally and economically, Old City is also home to world-class museums, theaters and art galleries.


The neighborhood offers excellent hotels, a wide range of dining and nightlife establishments, independent retailers and a diverse mix of technology, media, professional and service organizations. Old City employers range from major institutions to solo entrepreneurs, together representing a significant segment of the regional economy.


Some 8,000 residents live in historic townhouses, industrial loft apartments and new condominium properties.

“You don’t stroll there. You dodge trucks and people loading or unloading rubber boots, children’s underwear or bar stools. It is the artistic center of Philadelphia.”

– Thomas Hine, Philadelphia Inquirer 1979

The research for the OCA History Project is ongoing...

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