South Philadelphia, nicknamed South Philly, is the section of Philadelphia bounded by South Street to the north, the Delaware River to the east and south, and the Schuylkill River to the west. South Philadelphia began as a satellite town of Philadelphia, with small townships such as Moyamensing and Southwark. During the Industrial Revolution, the area saw rapid growth, in part due to mass immigration from Ireland. Most of South Philadelphia's communities are largely Italian American. Today, many vendors that work alongside Italian-Americans at the Italian Market are of Asian descent and Mexican descent, and Vietnamese and Thai restaurants are interspersed with historic Italian ones in the Market area. The recent revitalization of Center City Philadelphia and the subsequent gentrification of adjacent neighborhoods has led to dramatic rises in prices of housing in the neighborhoods of historic Queen Village, Bella Vista, and some other parts of South Philadelphia.
I-95 runs north and south through South Philadelphia and, in this area, provides commuters with access to Philadelphia International Airport, I-76, the South Philadelphia Sports Complex, and theWalt Whitman Bridge. The Girard Point Bridge section of I-95 crosses over the mouth of the Schuylkill River, where it merges with the Delaware River. SEPTA's Broad Street Line subway services South Philadelphia and provides quick access to Center City and North Philadelphia.
Residents are with the School District of Philadelphia's South District. Zoned public high schools in South Philadelphia include South Philadelphia High School, Audenried High School, and Furness High School.
The Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA), a magnet school, is in South Philadelphia.
The Mastery Charter Schools system operates the Thomas School (grades 7-12) in South Philadelphia. It was formerly the district school Thomas Middle School.
Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti Catholic High School is in South Philadelphia. It is a merger of the former Saint John Neumann High Schooland the Saint Maria Goretti High School. Philadelphia Free School is also located in the area.
Enjoy the delicious food of Passyunk Square, the quaint shops in Queen Village, the historical landmarks of Society Hill, or the Italian Market!