At SOSNA, our top priority is to improve the quality of life in our neighborhood by:
Serving as a reliable resource for residents and businesses
Promoting neighborhood events and civic involvement
Creating awareness around relevant news and information
SOSNA is committed to creating programs and initiatives that cultivate a diverse and inclusive neighborhood. We will continue to embrace the rich history of our neighborhood, build a Board that represents the community and aspire to create an environment that empowers its residents by providing access to resources, clean and green spaces, equitable development, safer streets, and community support, including those of all races, ages, gender identities, LGBTQAI+ identities, socioeconomic statuses, varying abilities, ethnicities, perspectives and experiences. We will achieve this mission through intentional listening, story sharing and displaying empathy while purposefully centering voices of historically excluded individuals and communities.
"Leadership should be born out of the understanding of the needs of those affected by it."
Stretching from South Street to Washington Avenue, Broad Street to the Schuylkill River, the South of South neighborhood is a vibrant community, home to families and businesses alike. In true Philadelphia fashion, we are a neighborhood of row homes, with a history that dates back several hundred years.
The South of South neighborhood is merely steps away from many of the amenities that make Philadelphia a world-class city. Between Rittenhouse Square , the Avenue of the Arts, the Schuylkill River Trail, the Ben Franklin Parkway, and the Italian Market, our neighborhood is surrounded by culture.
There’s also plenty to see within our boundaries, including our beautiful churches, the Marian Anderson Historical Society & Museum, and the historic Christian Street YMCA. And with some of the city’s best independent cafes, bars, and restaurants, we attract visitors from as close as adjacent neighborhoods to as far as the other side of the world.
Our neighborhood is growing at an amazing pace and shows no signs of slowing. Everywhere you look, new homes, businesses, and parks are sprouting up—adding to our lively atmosphere. And while all of these things make our neighborhood a great place to live and work, it’s the people and history that make it a truly special place.