Boundaries: Fourth Street to the Delaware River, Snyder to Washington avenues
Population: 26,300 (combined with the populations of Southwark, Whitman and Queen Village in the 2000 Census)
Demographics: White, 70 percent; black, 17 percent; Asian, 8 percent; Latino, 5 percent. About 40 percent of the population is under 18.
Origin of name: According to residents, the name "Pennsport" was coined roughly 30 years ago. It came at a time when the federal government was spending money on urban renewal. As boundary lines were drawn, the city named certain communities.
Brief history: Originally developed during the colonial period, Pennsport is architecturally rich. Considered one of the oldest sections of South Philadelphia, the neighborhood has properties with great historical significance. Some homes date back to 1815.
Unbeknownst to many, the newly revitalized Jefferson Square Park, Third and Federal streets, is also an historic landmark. While President Lincoln was more than 100 miles away reciting the famous Gettysburg Address, his wife Mary was giving the very same speech to soldiers camped at this site.
The neighborhood later became the city's manufacturing sector. Since then, the same families have been living there for generations.
The first official Mummers Parade in 1901 brought something unique to the community. String bands joined the gussied-up marchers a year later.
A century later, Mummer mania still grips the area. The main New Year's Parade returned to South Broad Street last year, but the annual "Two Street" march never left.
Famous residents: Former Republican state Rep. Connie McHugh, an outspoken and beloved community activist, who died in 1997 at age 58; Quaker City Captain Bob Shannon
Major landmarks: The Mummers Museum, 1100 S. Second St.; Jefferson Square Park, Third and Federal streets; the former Mt. Sinai Hospital, Fourth and Reed
Architecture: While the "styles have changed as periods have changed," the dominant fa�ade in the neighborhood is red brick. Colonial and Federal-style homes can be found on certain streets. Formstone finishes, popular in the 1950s and '60s, also remain on many properties.
Median home sale price: $178,000
State Senate district: First, Vincent Fumo (D)
State House district: 184th, William Keller (D)
City Council district: First, Frank DiCicco (D)
Ward: First and 39th
Police district: Fourth
Civic groups and townwatches: Pennsport Civic Association, Pennsport/Whitman Town Watch
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