A wooden street in Philadelphia

In the area recently named Midtown Village with notable restaurants like El Vez and Sam Pan just a block away is a small street called Camac. Philadelphia is peppered with tiny streets barely wide enough for a car because many of the streets were built prior to cars and were ample for a horse.

What is special about Camac is the few blocks it runs that are made of wooden blocks. A local historian recently shared research about wooden streets and this is purportedly the last wooden street in the nation. It is pretty cool to walk down because it has a different feel and sound.

Take the underground septa to Walnut Locust. Exit Locust (or just get to Locust and 13th) between 12th and 13th is Camac. Walk up Camac between Locust and Walnut and step back in time to the 1800’s and imagine yourself in the midst of amazing artists.

This was considered the Greenwich Village of Philadelphia because of the concentration of artists, writers, taverns, and clubs. Wooden streets were common in the 1800s and were used because the horse hooves were more quiet on wood than cobblestones.

After a jaunt down wooden block Camac turn the corner and head to 13th for 2 blocks of shopping, food, and drinks! The Graffiti Bar behind Sam Pan is fun for a bit of inside outside – watch the sky and have an edemame dumpling – it’s almost as divine as the wooden street you just discovered.

2 Responses to “A wooden street in Philadelphia”
  1. Diane Casey says:

    I have spent a ton of time in the city and have never seen this walkway. Very interesting, and I appreciate the history behind the street being wooden.

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