The city was named after its founder, William Penn, who envisioned a city of religious tolerance where no one was persecuted. Philadelphia, PA - The word Philadelphia is the combination of the Greek words: “phileo which implies love” and “adelphos”, which means brother. Or what we now call “The City of Brotherly Love. Philadelphia Neighborhoods Philadelphia is a city of neighborhoods with districts full of personality in and around the city center.
Follow The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia on Instagram Follow Backgrounders on Twitter Like The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia on Facebook. Philadelphia is known for the enthusiasm of its sports fans, and Citizens Bank Park, which opened in 2004 as home to the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team, is a meeting point of cheers and mockery during the baseball season. Philadelphia was one of the first American cities with a branch of fraternal society known as the Masons, whose ornate temple in Philadelphia is one of the most prominent in all Freemasonry. MOVE, a controversial Philadelphia-based organization often associated with the Black Power movement, is best known for a 1985 incident in which Philadelphia police dropped an incendiary device at its West Philadelphia headquarters.
After nearly 70 years of GOP dominance, Democrats formed the Greater Philadelphia Movement, whose influence led to reforms and improvements, such as the Food Distribution Center in southwest Philadelphia.