Washington Square West Civic Association
Three neighborhoods in one: That’s the perfect way to describe Washington Square West, a thriving enclave that includes Midtown Village and the Gayborhood.
Midtown Village maintains its own personality thanks to a small-business boom concentrated on the 13th Street corridor, where power couple Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran preside over a handful of popular restaurants and shops.
The Gayborhood sets itself apart with dozens of rainbow street signs throughout the area, along with many LGBTQ-focused restaurants and bars.
Washington Square itself — one of five original public squares in Philadelphia — ties the whole area together. Here, picnickers, families and residents gather to enjoy the open space.
Just a block away from Washington Square West, Jefferson Station serves as a transportation hub for SEPTA’s regional rail line, servicing suburbs and Philadelphia International Airport. The Market-Frankford line — known as the “El” to locals — makes stops at 8th, 11th and 13th streets along Market Street. Various SEPTA and New Jersey Transit bus routes traverse the numbered streets between 8th and Broad streets and along Market and Chestnut streets.
Jewelers’ Row and Historic Antique Row remain long-established commerce hubs for their respective wares. But today all types of businesses compete for shoppers’ dollars with a range of price points. Visitors can check out designer-fashion boutiques as well as stationery stores and high-end furniture outlets, all in one area.
Talula's Garden in Washington Square West
— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia
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