Northeast Philadelphia History

Northeast Philadelphia, nicknamed Northeast Phillythe Northeast and the Great Northeast, is a section of the city of PhiladelphiaPennsylvania. According to the 2000 Census, the Northeast has a sizable percentage of the city’s 1.547 million people — a population of between 300,000 and 450,000, depending on how the area is defined.

Colleges and universities

The main campus of Holy Family University is located in Northeast Philadelphia. The university, founded in 1954, has more than two thousand students.

Northeast Philadelphia is home to Philadelphia Mills, formerly known as Franklin Mills, a shopping mall that was built on what was once Liberty Bell Park Racetrack, and is one of the most visited attractions in the state.[33] The lower sections of the Northeast still boast pleasant shopping avenues lined by stores and restaurants, such as Castor Avenue. Major shopping centers along Cottman Avenue include, the Cottman-Bustleton Center, and the Roosevelt Mall which opened in 1964 at Cottman Avenue and the Roosevelt Boulevard.[34]

Also present in the Northeast are two nationally recognized medical establishments, Friends Hospital and Fox Chase Cancer Center.