For those who have heard the term 'on the wrong side of the tracks,' Glenwood was once the exact representation of this and more. During the 1980s, this area became known as part of the 'Philadelphia Badlands' due to the high crime rates. It got so bad here that W. Wilson Goode, the mayor at the time, ordered the demolition of 82 properties. The majority of the homes here today are row houses that are far deeper than they are wide. Like many similar neighborhoods in this section of Philadelphia, you might want to take someone else with you on your walks just to be on the safe side.
As for the climate here, winters can be brutal with temperatures dipping below freezing for weeks at a time. Summers, however, tend to be mildly hot, but with 207 days of sun, you can take your pooch out to explore the local eateries and shopping on most days.
Concrete is more than a word in Glenwood. It seems to be a way to live with miles of streets lined with sidewalks, but not a blade of grass to be seen. Rather than letting this be depressing and leave you not feeling like going for the long walks your dog needs, think of it as a challenge. One that is going to push your ability to be creative and make each walk you and your dog take exciting and interesting.
Worth noting is that once the outside, the temperature hits the mid-70s, it can be hot enough to burn your pup's paws within a few minutes. By the time it hits the mid-80s, the pavement can reach temperatures of 135 to 145 degrees which can be dangerous! This type of damage can result in a quick trip to the animal emergency room, so you'll want to exercise due caution.
Beyond a couple of small parks, Glenwood is mostly a concrete city unless, of course, you take into account the many vacant lots to be found dotting the community. There are parks nearby including Fotterall Square which is a nice little park with plenty of grass to play on and a few shade trees to hide from the summer sun under.
If you want to take your pup to a more extensive park, you should cruise over to Fairmount Park, the biggest municipal park in the city. This park is quite large with the Schuylkill River running right through the middle of the park. This park covers over 2000 acres and has quite a history. At one point in time, it was owned by Robert Morris who is known to be one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. It also happens to be home to the Philadelphia Zoo, a great place to take your kids!