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What's Happening in:  Graduate Hospital :  Point Breeze 

Yo, Data! Watch roof decks spread through South Philly since 2006

Yo, Data is an occasional feature by tech whiz and South Philly resident Angela Minster, in which she crunches the numbers and makes ‘em all nice and pretty. Know of any data sets you can customize to South Philly? Let us know at punk@passyunkpost.com.


Roof decks are the height of urban-living outdoor luxury. As it turns out, roof deck is also a synonym for development.

We looked at roof deck permits from L&I records and found that since 2006 (when the data starts) South Philly has added 3,089 new roof decks. A whopping 59 percent of them are in Graduate Hospital and Point Breeze. Just counting the roof decks added since 2006, that’s 16 roof decks per 100 residential buildings in Graduate Hospital. So if you live in that neighborhood, there’s a 16 percent chance that you can hang out on your own roof deck.

The interactive map below shows every roof deck and the roof deck rate by neighborhood over time.

You can watch the spread of development head down into Point Breeze and further south via roof-deck spread:

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What's Happening in:  Pennsport 

Fire guts dental office and apartments on Moyamensing Avenue

A fire tore through the building on the corner of Moyamensing Avenue and Morris Street Wednesday night, gutting a dentist office and the four apartment located on the second floor.

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A resident sent this photo from the scene of the fire

According to the Fire Department, the fire started in the first-floor office of Dentex Dental Group around 10:15 p.m. and spread throughout the building. All occupants were removed and no injuries were reported, but it was clearly a scary scene. “Tons of smoke damage, soot everywhere,” a resident of one of the second floor apartments told us via email.  ”All the second floor windows were broken in. A total mess.”

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EPA tells everyone what kind of factory fumes they’re breathing in South Philly

The Environmental Protection Agency has launched a pilot program in South Philly that helps residents find out toxic chemicals are being released into the air by refineries, says Newsworks.

Turns out that the nose knows: the worst offender in 2012 was the stinky Philadelphia Energy Systems refinery at 32nd Street and Passyunk Avenue, which spewed 762,390 pounds of chemicals, according to a fact sheet prepared by the agency. For comparison, the often-suspected Sunoco refinery spouted only 28 pounds.

toxic EPA tells everyone what kind of factory fumes theyre breathing in South Philly

From the fact sheet.

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Parking meter price doubled on Passyunk; PPA exploring smart-phone payments

If you plan to park on the avenue for a couple hours, pack some quarters — eight of them.

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The price to park at a meter on Passyunk Avenue doubled from 50 cents to $1 an hour starting last month.

“Needless to say folks are not pleased,” said Renee Gilinger, director of the East Passyunk Business Improvement District. “I’ve asked Councilman [Mark Squilla's] office to request kiosks again. It was mentioned a few years ago.”

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Scarduzio bows out of 12th and Morris project

Chris Scarduzio, the chef behind the nearly two-years-in-the-making bistro at 12th, Morris and Passyunk, has decided to bow out of that project and all of his other restaurants, reports the Insider.

That’s just in time for the former Artisan Boulanger building to be turned into a hole in the ground.

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The big ol’ hole yesterday afternoon.

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Oh-so-close Taney Dragons to get a parade down Broad Street

It may not have been the World Series parade most Philadelphians had hoped for, but it’s nice all the same.

The Taney Dragons, based out of the ball fields in Schuylkill Park and drawing players from a team at the Marian Anderson rec center at 17th and Fitzwater, will be honored tomorrow afternoon with a parade down Broad Street, a rally in FDR Park and a ceremony before the Phillies game.

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Mo’ne Davis celebrates a win that put the Taney Dragons into the Little League World Series. Pic via Pennlive.com.

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What's Happening in:  Passyunk Square 

Passyunk Square Civic Association is looking for a few good homes for its annual house tour

Are you proud of your house? Do you live between Broad and 6th streets, Washington Avenue and Tasker? Would you like to support your civic association?

Then the Passyunk Square Civic Association would love to have your home on their annual house tour. This year’s tour will be on Saturday, Oct. 11 from noon to 4 p.m. Participating homes will open their doors to ticket holders who are curious to learn more about one of Philadelphia’s hottest neighborhoods, get design ideas, compare contractors and meet neighbors.

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