Poplar is a neighborhood in Lower North Philadelphia.
The area resides above Callowhill, between Spring Garden, Fairmount and Northern Liberties.
Originally, the area was composed mostly of single – family row houses and some industry. The Depression left many homes in disrepair, leading the city to raze them in the late 1930s to build the Richard Allen Homes, a massive public housing project that replaced blighted areas as well as provided housing for new workers attracted to the city for wartime production.
Over the years, the neighborhood has changed.
The area now includes homes and schools with public transportation and local shops available. Today, Poplar still maintains its historical significance.
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Once predominantly a daytime destination, Rittenhouse Square is now a popular nightspot as well, with a string of restaurants — including Rouge, Devon, Parc and Barclay Prime — that have sprouted up along the east side of the park on 18th Street.
Rittenhouse Square is easily accessible with two train stations nearby. Suburban Station and Amtrak’s 30th Street Station are a short walk or cab ride away from any neighborhood point. Septa bus stops are located throughout the neighborhood.