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Episode No. 18 – Philly Streets in the Gilded Age: Depression, Development, and Deadly Trolleys

Despite cycles of economic depression, Philadelphia transformed during the Gilded Age. Entire neighborhoods sprang up to house a growing population. Major infrastructure projects changed how…

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REBROADCAST Episode No. 4 – The Fight for Philly’s Streetcars

We’re rebroadcasting this earlier episode about the Black community’s fight to integrate Philly’s streetcars in the years following the Civil War 1865-1871. This story fits…

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Episode No. 16 – Civil War Flows through Philly Streets

Philadelphia, like the rest of the nation, was poorly prepared for war. When the Civil War broke out, the cobbled-together city became a key part…

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Episode No. 14 – Violence in the Streets: The Origins of our Modern City

What kind of city did Philadelphia want to be? There were lots of different opinions in the 1840s and 1850s, but everyone agreed: it did…

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Episode No. 12 – Philly Streets in the Early Republic

Life overflowed onto the streets of Philadelphia in the Early Republic. The streets were intensely social spaces, but could also be extremely dangerous. As the…

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