‘Row house’ or ‘rowhouse’? Philly’s debate over a space

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Rowhouses line North 29th Street in Philadelphia. (Jonathan Wilson for WHYY)

Rowhouses line North 29th Street in Philadelphia. (Jonathan Wilson for WHYY)

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Ryan Briggs, investigative reporter for WHYY’s PlanPhilly, recently got pulled into a mystery a little less hard-hitting than usual: is Philadelphia’s iconic home called a “row house” or a “rowhouse”? He explains why the question of a single space is so contentious, so steeped in Philadelphia history, and so wrapped up in our city’s identity.

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