Northern Liberties is a fun, friendly neighborhood that many Philadelphia corps members call home. A former hub of manufacturing and later a red-light district, the area has undergone a revitalization in recent decades. It now attracts young professionals, artists, and others with its affordable historic row houses, converted factories, and youthful community vibe. Along 2nd Street, the neighborhood's main drag, a variety of restaurants, cafes, and bars line the cobblestone streets. The Piazza, a retail complex with a large outdoor space for events, farmers’ markets, and film and sports screenings, is another place where the neighborhood gathers and comes alive.
Just north of Northern Liberties lies Oxford Mills. Once one of the largest textile manufacturing complexes in Philadelphia, it recently underwent a historically-certified restoration to become a new hub for our city’s educators and education nonprofits. The rebuilt Oxford Mills houses two complexes: one for nonprofit offices, including Teach For America’s new Philadelphia office, and the other for sustainably designed, trendy, affordable housing that many corps members have already moved into.
Oxford Mills offers a $200 - $400 discount to teachers on many of its apartments. You can read more about the Oxford Mills renovation here.
Philadelphia is a city with history and character to spare. You can gaze at the statue of William Penn on top of City Hall and walk the same paths as our nation’s founders. You can explore one of the city’s many diverse neighborhoods—each more unique and vibrant than the last.
Philadelphia has world-class restaurants, museums, professional sports teams, art galleries, and a thriving music scene. The city is home to one of the largest parks in the country, complete with running paths, waterfalls, Japanese gardens, and more.
Yet Philadelphia is also welcoming and down-to-earth. Corps members feel right at home in its many unique and affordable neighborhoods. From the cobblestone streets of Old City to the converted factories in Northern Liberties, from the beautiful Schuylkill River trails to the stately Rittenhouse Square, Philly offers corps members an abundance of great sights and experiences.
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