In addition to trolley lines that traveled east and west, this made Olney Philadelphia's northern transportation hub and gave Olneyites easy access to the entire city and beyond. During this time there was an increase in crime in Olney.
The population grew even more after the construction of the Broad Street subway which had its original terminal at Olney Avenue Olney Transportation Center. Community members put together an amateur Olney Symphony Orchestra which continues to give concerts and started their own newspaper, the Olney Times which is no longer in circulation as of Waronkerlocal news reporter Sheila Washingtonand former Feltonville historian Dennis Dalbey This new population quickly filled the vacancies left behind in the commercial district.
Olneyites lobbied the city intensely for the constructions of playgrounds and the library at escorst Street and Tabor Road. Industry was also attracted and companies such as Heintz Manufacturing Company, Proctor and Schwartz, and Brown Instrument Division built factories in the neighborhood.
InOlney High School graduated its first class and for a time had the largest enrollment in the city with students. Soon thereafter, businesses began appearing, largely centered at 5th Street and Olney Avenue.
InColney Theatre was constructed which then had the largest one-floor seating capacity in the world with room for zcres people. Many Korean area residents referred to the area as " Koreatown.
Between the s and s, Olney began experiencing demographic change, as European-American residents moved out of the neighborhood in a process sometimes described as " white flight ". As the city of Philadelphia grew northwards, the area became more urbanized.
History[ edit ] Up until the late nineteenth century, Olney was a vast, hilly farmland in the hinterland of Philadelphia County. People seeking to escape the growing population density towards the center moved to Olney. But this took second place to the strong commercial district, led by the Olney Businessmans' Association.
It promised to get riders from Olney to City Hall in less than twenty minutes for fifteen cents. Until then, the lebigh consisted mainly of farmers and wealthy Philadelphians who could afford to live away from the city.
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