The Italian Market covers 9th St. in South Philly for approximately ten blocks between Christina Street and Washington Ave. However, it has unofficially been extended to Fitzwater St. and Wharton St. This historic area of Philly is home to numerous butchers, grocery stores, bakeries, cafes, restaurants, and many others, most of which still maintain their original Italian flavor. The majority of the housing here is row housing and low-rise apartments built around a concrete infested jungle. There is an ongoing effort to revitalize the community.
Summers here are lovely with long days of sunshine and temperatures in the 80s to low 90s. While it does rain during the summer, there are far more days of sun than rain. Spring tends to be warm and wet while autumn is dry with a crisp chill. It is the winters here you have to watch for as you can expect lots of freezing weather, snow, ice, sleet, and rain.
The terrain in this part of Philly is a maze of pavement and concrete sidewalks. No matter where you turn, the only thing you are likely to find is more paved surfaces for the two of you to stroll along. The good news is that the sidewalks are wide enough for you to walk along without bothering others who are walking on the same side of the street.
Getting used to walking on paved surfaces can be challenging at best and downright painful at worst for a puppy or a dog who is not used to walking on them. Take your time and start out with short walks to give the pads on the bottom of their paws time to grow thick enough calluses to reduce the risk of injury to them from the rough surfaces of the pavement. Heat can also be a factor, so keep that in mind during the summer months.
The Italian Market on 9th St. runs through a densely populated area filled with stores, overhead apartments, sidewalks, streets, and very little in the way of green with the exception of awnings and painted storefronts. If you want to find green space for you and your four-legged friend, you have a short drive north to the Palumbo Rec Center where there is a baseball field, plenty of grass, and an indoor rec center. You can also go south to the Capitolo Playground. Again, there is a baseball field and plenty of grass for you and your pal to play around on.
Unfortunately, if you want anything larger to play on, you have no choice but to get in the car and drive. The nearest large park is the FDR Park where there are trails taking you around the lakes and ponds, vast areas of grass, and numerous athletic fields and courts for the sports-minded.