Right NEast/Wrong NEast: Lawndale and Summerdale different despite similar suffix

You don’t have to live in Summerdale or Lawndale to know that one is not the other. Lawndale is one-half of Lawncrest; Summerdale is another neighborhood entirely.

It doesn’t take much to spot the difference. All you need is a map and general knowledge of Philadelphia. Cue the error…

A stabbing incident led police from the 1100-block of Kerper Street to the intersection of Oxford Avenue and Levick Street. A straight shot down Levick Street will find you at . . . ta da! Lawndale Station. While train stations aren’t always the most reliable neighborhood source; at least it’s something to work with.  Lawncrest playground is also nearby.


Instead, Action News said, “Hey, Summerdale Avenue is right nearby, that’s where we must be!” A street name does not a neighborhood make. The error happens pretty frequently.

Outside media don’t care about the Northeast. We have all seen them misuse, misspell and mistake our neighborhoods and our streets, so we at NEast Philly wanted to do something about it. When they get it wrong, we set it right in a segment we like to call Right NEast/Wrong NEast.


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