WALKSCORE: 98 out of 100 - Walker's Paradise
This is composed of the large avenues of Pine, Lombard, Spruce and Walnut, which intersect some of the tiniest, cutest street in America. This neighborhood features many historic homes, but also plenty of modern contemporaries. There is also many apartments and condominiums.
Many of the medical professionals working at Jeff & Pennsy (as the locals call it) choose to live here so they can quickly get to the hospital. There are also many of students, as well as couples of all orientations. It has a very electric, urban feel, with plenty of gorgeous , tranquil blocks.
Neighborhood Link: Washington West Neighborhood Association
Washington Square, goes by a few names, Wash West, Midtown Village , Center City East and the Gayborhood. Situated almost exactly in the Center of Center City. It starts at the venerable park, Washington Square which was named after George Washington and is one of William Penn's five original squares. It was a potter's field and during the Revolutionary War used as a burial ground for troops on both sides and victims of the yellow fever epidemic. It is also home to the tomb of the Revolutionary's War unknown solider. The neighborhood runs between the Square to Juniper and between Walnut and Lombard Streets.
It is home to two of the nation's leading hospitals: Thomas Jefferson University and Pennsylvania Hospital. Thomas Jefferson also has a world renown medical school. Pennsylvania Hospital is the nations 1st hospital and maternity ward started by Ben Franklin.
Further adding to the attraction is the historical antique row encompassing all of Pine Street from the Avenue of the Arts to 9th street. Wash West also incorporates twenty-four historical markers of distinction and Some of Philadelphia's most widely recognized wall murals. A diverse area, it also offers a dense concentration of gay and lesbian -oriented bookstores, coffee shops, restaurants, boutiques, bars, and clubs.
Washington Square has been a consistently sought after address and continues to evolve as an ideal spot for urban living. A dedicated business sector and lively hub of social activity ensures a thriving culture and standard of living unrivaled in any urban center.