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    Default Where is Pig Alley?

    and how did it get that name?

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    no, pig alley in francisville. hmm, wonder what kind of homes are on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eldondre View Post
    no, pig alley in francisville. hmm, wonder what kind of homes are on it.
    I thought it was right near Rembrandt's at 23rd and Aspen.

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    It's runs behind the houses on the North side of the 2300 block of Perot St. (which is between Fairmount and Aspen).
    No one is sure if it has to do with pigs or if it was once where prostitutes worked. I learned this from doing the Fairmount house tours several years ago.
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    It's a neat little alley. It's a perfect illustration of what gives Philadelphia its character and sets it apart from generic American cities.

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    Every so often I stumble upon it. Just to clarify, it is in Fairmount, not in Francisville - it is quite gentrified, that is. I like Quince Street between Lombard and Walnut Streets much better, though. It is more real, and shows the connection between colonial Philadelphia and London. I can almost see Oliver Twist running by when I traverse Quince Street.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NoahWebster View Post
    hahaha...I didn't notice the section.

    Sometimes they called such because of a nearby butcher shop. There's an area by my house where cows used to always get out and hang out until the butchers came and got them.
    This is what I've heard about Pig's Alley - that the pigs ran back there until it was time to slaughter them. The storefront at the SE corner of 24th & Aspen was for some 60 or 70 years, until the late 90s, a family-run butcher shop. It may not have been associated with the alley, but there were definitely such places in the area.

 

 

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