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South Philly housing prices keep taking off. Take that, Fishtown

We’re the blue line.

house price 640x391 South Philly housing prices keep taking off. Take that, Fishtown

Graph by Econsult comes via Plan Philly.

This graph was part of a housing report done by Econsult, which you can find here. Using 2003 prices as a baseline, the economics firm calculated price changes throughout the city, and as you can see, South Philly came out on top.

You can also think back to when you or your neighbors bought your house (find out what they paid at property.phila.gov) and see if this graph matches up to what you think your place is worth now.

Plan Philly sparked a fairly lively debate in its comments when it asked why south of Center City would be developing faster than north. We have a few ideas about why prices would climb here quicker than in, say, Fishtown, but what are yours?

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What's Happening in:  Pennsport 

PennDOT driver license center has moved deeper into South Philly

The PennDOT Driver License Center at Tasker Street and Columbus Boulevard has packed up shop and moved further south to 330 W. Oregon Avenue in the Whitman Plaza.

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No longer in Pennsport (Photo: James Jennings)

The move, which happened last month, is notable for two reasons. First, the area in and around Tasker Street and Water/Front Street is now infinitely safer (at least for other car drivers) given that there will no longer be continuous driving tests taking place throughout the day and on weekends.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Townsend, at 1623 E. Passyunk Ave., dazzles both Laban & Philly mag

A pair of glowing reviews has given a big boost to Townsend, the newest fine-dining addition to the Passyunk restaurant boom.

The Inquirer’s Craig Laban gave chef Townsend Wentz’s unapologetically French reboot of the former Sophia’s and Salt and Pepper a stellar three-bell review. And Trey Popp of Philadelphia magazine lauded it with three of four stars.

Townsend 640x426 Townsend, at 1623 E. Passyunk Ave., dazzles both Laban & Philly mag

Laban particularly was as pleased with the restaurant’s embrace of fine-dining touches — actual table cloths! —  as he was the refined cuisine coming from the kitchen. He says:

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What's Happening in:  Passyunk Square 

First Pics: Prep and Foxx assoc. salon opens at 1532 S. Broad St.

Prep & Foxx, assoc., a new salon with an environmentally conscious inclination, has opened at 1532 S. Broad St. (near Tasker).

Owners Taylor Greenberg and Jenni Nuygen went for a vintage feel when they opened the salon in March in a former chiropractor’s office. It is a one-stop shop for hair, waxing and nail care. The women, who carry 10 years of experience, say they offer the old-school beauty parlor experience.

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The old sign will soon go.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

SoPhilly Spotlight: Pretty Good Deal edition?

Maybe we’re overlooking something, or maybe we’ve just been looking at too many pricey options lately. But this week’s SoPhilly Spotlight finally seems like a house going for the right price.

This totally renovated 2-bedroom, 1-bath at 1814 S. Juniper St. has a finished basement, a huge closet in the master bedroom and more than 1,000 square feet. Listed for $285,000, it’s also a block off Passyunk and two blocks from the subway on a quiet street.

1814 S. Juniper SoPhilly Spotlight: Pretty Good Deal edition? 1814 S. Juniper8 SoPhilly Spotlight: Pretty Good Deal edition?

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What's Happening in:  Passyunk Square 

New age shop at 1507 E. Passyunk is becoming Pooka’s Hookah & BYOB Lounge

We were scratching our heads a few weeks ago after we spotted the wooden letters BYOB in the window at the purple-fronted Eclectic Expressionism gift shop and gallery.

Turns out, shop owner Nicola Vittoria says she is converting the space, which started selling glass pipes and other paraphernalia in November, into a Pooka’s Hookah & BYOB lounge. An opening party with wine and snacks is tonight, Friday, July 27 starting at 6:30.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing :  Passyunk Square 

East Passyunk car show, street fair returns Sunday for the 9th year

The 9th Annual Car Show and Street Festival comes to East Passyunk on Sunday, bringing more than 140 classic and muscle cars as well as street vendors, circus performers, live music, outdoor bars and an expanded roster of food trucks.

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Pic of last year’s show from EPABID

The East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District says that the free event will string along four blocks of Passyunk, from Broad to Dickinson,  from noon to 5 p.m. Twelve Passyunk businesses will be selling food and drink out front of their places, and 10 food trucks will set up to feed the thousands that are expected to attend.

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What's Happening in:  Lower Moyamensing 

Meeting planned for proposal to convert 12th and Jackson building into 164 apartments

The developer behind the proposal to turn a former brush factory at 12th and Jackson into apartments is going before the Lower Moyamensing Civic Association in a few weeks to answer questions about his intentions.

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Proposed view from Jackson and Iseminger streets.

Tony Rufo plans to convert the former factory, which has been vacant since it closed in 2005, into Artisan Lofts, 164 market-rate apartments. The meeting is Wednesday, Aug. 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the gymnasium of the South Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School at Broad and Ritner streets.

The LoMo Civic said on its website that questions can be sent to lomophilly@gmail.com so that those who can’t attend can still get some answers. 

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What's Happening in:  Girard Estate 

$280,000 in improvements — benches, lighting, repaving, more — coming to Girard Park

The city is poised to spend about $280,000 on upgrades to Girard Park, the leafy jewel at 21st and Ritner that surrounds the farmhouse of Revolutionary War War of 1812 financier Stephen Girard.

The plans include repaving 18,000 square feet of walkways, replacing 20 benches and updating the lighting throughout the park, according to the South Philly Review.

girard estate 640x480 $280,000 in improvements    benches, lighting, repaving, more    coming to Girard Park

Pic of Girard Estate Neighbors Association’s Easter egg hunt comes from GENA’s Facebook page.

Says the paper:

During the renovations that he expects to be completed by the spring, [Michael DiBerardinis, the City’s Parks and Recreation commissioner], does not believe the park will close to the public — aside from portions of walkways when new cement is being poured. The start date has not been determined, as the department is still waiting on paperwork and design work to be completed.

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