We have a couple of “bonus” images for today, taken in two distinctly different neighborhoods.
Ogontz gets its name from Ogontz Avenue, a thoroughfare which runs diagonally through the uniform grid of streets in the city. Many of the commercial and residential properties on Ogontz Ave. began to decline in the early 1970s.
This North Philadelphia neighborhood has been marginalized throughout the years with many of the businesses closing and residents leaving. Ogontz is often considered part of West Oak Lane, which is a much larger neighborhood and lot of what happens there carries over.
Ogontz is a predominantly middle-class African American community. While some of the houses are the typical row homes found throughout Philadelphia, Ogontz has some architecture that is distinct to its neighborhood. Many of the houses are detached on tree lined streets with small yards. This set-up gives it a very suburban feel and makes it appealing to families with children.
The neighborhood used to have several historic sites such as the tavern, Cedar Park Inn and The Ogontz theatre. Both of these locations were eventually closed down and demolished.
East Oak Lane…
This area of Philadelphia was first settled in 1683 as one of William Penn’s first neighborhoods. In 1695, a Welshman named Griffith Miles bought 250 acres of land here and built a log home along a dirt road that would later be known as Oak Lane. The area became known as Milestown in 1711, and as farming began to flourish, water-powered mills were built.
The road that came to define the neighborhood, initially called Martin’s Mill Road, was renamed Oak Lane by a landowner in 1860, in remembrance of an ancient oak tree that had blown down in a storm.
Once exclusive to the wealthy, who built a great many estate homes on it’s tree-lined streets, it is now an area where people of decidedly more modest means call home.
Both of these images were taken with a FujiFilm X100F and processed with Iridient X-Transformer and Adobe Lightroom.
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