Seger Playground Gets $500K For New Two-Phase Renovations

Neighborhood groups across the city are working hard to come together to learn and participate in Philly’s civic process, with hopes of building green spaces and dynamic gathering places, a few blocks at a time. The Friends of Seger Park are pleased to announce they have raised enough (with the help of a $500K grant from councilman Frank DiCicco and the Department of Recreation) for the first phase of their $1.4M two-phased renovation of the […]


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New South Philly Buddhist Temple, Not A Chinese Restaurant

Driving through South Philly, we just passed by the building at 1908 S. Seventh Street, which has been brightly repainted red. The construction going on there made us stop to look more closely: an entrance on Hoffman Street is being laden with plastic bamboo shoots and intricately painted Chinese dragons on the columns outside. Locals told us it is suppose to be a Chinese restaurant, however thanks to a reader (see below), we know now […]


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City Fitness Plans For 21st and South Street

Back in March we reported about the development on 21st and South Streets in Graduate Hospital. One of the tenants, City Fitness, is forging ahead the interior design for the new fitness center, and we have the plans. The two-story, 17,000-square-foot space will have a large array of cardio equipment (each with its own personal viewing monitor), a full-service juice bar, a spin studio, a yoga studio, a group exercise room and spray and stand-up tanning. The […]


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Boardwalk And South Street Ramp: More River Improvements

In July, the Boardwalk to South Street trail project connecting West Philadelphia and University City to the Banks will be bid. The Schuylkill Banks Development Corporation is working with the city to build a 2000-foot-long concrete structuring that will run parallel to the eastern shore of the Schuylkill from Locust Street to the South Street Bridge. Michael Baker Engineers will build a ramp to link the 15′-wide boardwalk for bikers and pedestrians who would otherwise block the trail. […]


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Where To Put The Philly Pumptrack

Finally, Philly, we will be getting a chance to relive the inner Cru Jones in all of us. Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia and others are teaming up to bring us the Rad-inspired bike park, Philly Pumptrack. The project, yet to establish a firm location, is looking to build up a following through promotions and word of mouth. By looking to bring one of the fastest growing elements of the […]


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Old City Creative Corridor Tonight With Live Cooking Demo From Bistro 7

Maiden Media Group came to Philadelphia’s Old City to be around young and talented creative professionals. To continue to be apart of the local art and creative talent and collaboration, Maiden created Old City Creative Corridor to bring together the local art galleries, design agencies, musicians, painters, photographers and other innovative creatives for monthly meetings. At tonight’s meeting, Creative Corridor will launch the social network of their site, which was designed to unite and promote […]


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Pave This: Fishtown Gets New Sidewalks

Looks like Chinatown’s not the only neighborhood to get some new sidewalks. Walking back from brunch this morning, I noticed a huge construction project rolling out on Fishtown’s main thoroughfare, Girard Avenue. According to the construction people I talked with, it looks like the project’s going to replace the well-worn walkways on Girard, from Front street to Susquehanna, in an effort to help spruce up the neighborhood’s main commercial stretch. (Sorry Frankford avenue, but maybe […]


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New LEED Youth Study Center Coming To West Philly

A new youth study center will be built at 48th and Haverford in West Philadelphia. The old facility, which is closed and has been functioning at a temporary location in the former Eastern Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute, was 54 years old and in very poor condition. According to Anne Marie Ambrose, the Department of Human Services commissioner, the new youth center will provide 150 beds and will meet the national best practice guidelines as well as the […]


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New Steam for the Free Library’s Main Branch Expansion

Is the Free Library‘s main branch expansion finally about to get put on the front burner? Potentially great news for Philadelphia’s book renters this past weekend as the long talked about $175M expansion and renovation of the Free Library’s main branch on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway seems to have picked up some steam. New plans to cut back the main branch’s expansion from 189,00 square feet to 80,000 square feet were announced at the Logan Square Neighborhood Association meeting. […]


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Second And Market Getting A New Building, Chance At Life

Landmark Architectural Design (the guys behind South Philly’s Pretzel Factory) are working on the new six-story building at 241, 243 and 245 Market Street next to Lucy’s, which was recently purchased with new plans in place. We got Vincent Mancini‘s plans for the project from Landmark (not The Godfather), which includes a nine-car cobblestone parking lot (which will open onto Church Street), ground-floor commercial spaces, eight 1,500-square-feet condo units (the fourth floor has Juliet balconies) and a 3,000-square-foot penthouse […]


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