6437 Lansdowne Ave, Philadelphia, 19151, PA, United States
NOAH promotes safe and clean streets, beautiful parks and median strips, and sound economic development.
NOAH was established in 2002 shortly after a group of dedicated volunteers worked with then Councilman Michael Nutter and Philadelphia Green to develop median strips on Lebanon Ave between 63rd Street and 66th Street. What had been mud, trash and abandoned tires turned into landscaped islands with curbing that deterred parking and littering.
To maintain these islands and make further progress on quality of life issues, NOAH was formed. Since then, NOAH has worked with Tree Vitalize, planting hundreds of neighborhood trees and collaborated with Mural Arts to create a community mural at 66th Street and Lansdowne Avenue. NOAH has also teamed up with the 19th Police District to monitor neighborhood safety and has held community forums on vital topics.
Future projects include placing decorative signs, banners and hanging plants on main streets, such as Lebanon and Lansdowne Avenues and 66th Street.
History of Overbrook (or what's in a name?)
Prior to the 1900's the Overbrook area wasn't referred to by that name at all: villages like Haddington, or Hestonville, for example, were in existence. Further, major land holdings in the vicinity of the neighborhood and City Avenue were in the hands of legendary Philadelphia families such as the Morrises and the Georges. By the 1890's, "Overbrook Farms" was developed as one of the nation's first fully planned suburbs, beginning the "Main Line" of venerable communities known today.
It was one of Philadelphia's first suburbs. Because it was riddled with a number of small brooks, expanded growth of the area could occur only if the streams were diverted and the wetlands and valleys filled in. Shortly after the construction of the Overbrook Train Station in 1867, Mill Creek – which ran through the heart of the neighborhood – was diverted underground into the Philadelphia sewer system. Because the brook was no longer above ground, the neighborhood became known as Overbrook.
As transportation links from central Philadelphia improved, developers constructed apartment buildings, row houses and commercial buildings south of Overbrook Farms. Thus, middle and working class families came to reside near the scions of industry and culture that had made their homes in Overbrook Farms previously. Today's "Overbrook" neighborhood consists of the more modest row houses and "twins" built between 1910 and 1950. Contrary to what many imagine, "Overbrook Farms" came first, NOAH's coverage area, Overbrook, came second.
Several buildings in the community of architectural distinction include the Overbrook School for the Blind and Overbrook High School. Some famous sons of Overbrook include basketball star Wilt Chamberlain and entertainer Will Smith, both graduates of Overbrook High School.
Overbrook is a vibrant neighborhood reflecting racial, religious and ethnic diversity and is a great place to live and work.