Philadelphia is a city of neighborhood pride.
Ask a resident where they're from and they'll likely give you the name of a street corner, marking a place of memories and belonging.
They’ll tell you about Mister or Missus so-and-so who kept vigil from the window or front steps. They’ll take you by a church, a barbershop, mom-and-pop, or other hub where neighbors gather like family. They’ll introduce you to colorful characters that endure, and they’ll let you in on stories that are legend.
In the city’s patchwork of diverse neighborhoods, the boundaries are sometimes blurred. And there's a seemingly endless array of street clusters that take on their own identity from Bella Vista to Carroll Park and Strawberry Mansion to Fishtown. Some places are memorable, especially for their name, like North Philadelphia's Swampoodle.