Fitler Square

Fitler SquareTranquil and convenient aptly describe the Fitler Square neighborhood that surrounds the park of the same name located at 23rd and Pine Streets. The confines of the neighborhood can be regarded as 21st Street and the Schuylkill River and Locust Street and South Street. Named after the late 19th century mayor, Edwin Fitler, the square and the surrounding neighborhood were in steady decline in the first half of the 20th century until redevelopment efforts were initiated by the neighborhood’s residents’ association.

Today, the Fitler Square neighborhood offers much to residents searching for a peaceful oasis in the middle of the sixth most populous city in the country. Comprised generally of two- and three-story single-family row homes dating from the late 1800s, the neighborhood has the feel of a smaller community existing within a larger urban setting. The small streets and the open space provided by the fields and courts of Schuylkill River Park at the western end of the neighborhood, lend much to this feeling. So do such things as the quaint farmer’s market that sets up shop on Fitler Square on Saturday mornings throughout the year and the dog park situated in the park. It is here that dogs get a chance to live the lives of more rural canine, by running free of their leashes and owners have the opportunity to relax and catch up with friends.

Finally, the pleasant mix of long-time residents with more recent arrivals also contributes to the neighborhood’s close knit feel. This perceivable cohesiveness exists in the neighborhood in spite of Fitler Square‘s enviable locale in the heart of the city.

This location offers residents numerous sumptuous dining options right in the neighborhood and many others in close proximity. Shopping is also close at hand, as it is but a short walk to Rittenhouse Square and the central business district astride of Market Street. And if the University of Pennsylvania is the destination, it is located immediately across the Schuylkill River from Fitler Square. Penn is so close, in fact, that on fall afternoons the voice of the Franklin Field announcer calling the gridiron action of the university’s football team can be heard throughout the neighborhood.

Finally, Fitler Square’s fabulous location has been further enhanced in the past few years with the development of an access link to the Schuylkill Banks trail. With the prospect of a safe, aestically pleasing pedestrian connector bridge being constructed shortly, it will soon become even easier for the neighborhood’s residents to access the trail and Fairmount Park into which the trail leads.