Philadelphia was founded by William Penn on the Southern bank of the Delaware River, initially to serve as the capital of the Pennsylvania Colony. The city did end up being the nation's capital for a brief time, and was also known during the Revolutionary War as the meeting place for the Founding Fathers of the United States, and the site of the signing of both the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution. Beyond history, the area has a great many cultural, sports, and tourist attractions, including world-class museums, a well-developed local music scene, several top-tier sports franchises, and a wide variety of other things to see and do. Philadephia's neighborhoods are organized in six geographical districts arranged around Center City, the original city of Philadelphia, with its grid patterns and traditional town squares intact. The North district, or North Philly, is home to Brewerytown, Fairhill, Strawberry Mansion, and several other traditionally African American and Hispanic neighborhoods that the city's Redevelopment Authority is actively looking to revitalize in the years to come. The Northeast district is home to nearly a third of the entire city's population. The district is home to several traditionally ethnic Irish, Russian, Italian, Polish, and German middle class neighborhoods, but has seen an influx of diversity in recent years.
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