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What's Happening in:  All over South Philly 

South Broad Street getting median mural for DNC

The Democratic National Convention is a month away and the city is getting down to business with plans to spruce up the city for the event from July 25 through 28.


Image of what the mural may look like from the Mural Arts Program.

Among those improvements is a median mural that will brighten up part of South Broad Street.

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What's Happening in:  Newbold 

New Cascia Center plans for Broad and Ellsworth include 10,000 sq. ft. of church space, 62 apartments

The new plans for the St. Rita of Cascia Center at Broad and Ellsworth are a huge change from the single-story facility originally planned as a “peacemaking” facility for the church.


There is now a seven-story facility planned, with 10,000 sq. ft. on the first and second floors dedicated to activities for the Cascia Center and 62 single-bedroom apartments planned for the upper stories.

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What's Happening in:  Newbold 

Should Newbold Neighbors Association be renamed to better represent the area?

Many residents have mixed-feelings about the neighborhood name “Newbold,” which spans from Broad Street to 18th Street and from Washington Avenue to West Passyunk Avenue. Some call it Newbold, while others still consider the area as Point Breeze.

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Newbold Neighbors Association, which was established in 2007, will be touching on the issue at an upcoming meeting. NNA will be asking residents if the neighborhood group should be renamed to better represent the diversity of residents that live in the area, not just the emphasis on the “new.”

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What's Happening in:  Dickinson Square West :  Pennsport 

Dickinson Square ‘not the best viable option for a dog run’ according to Parks and Rec

The dog run under I-95 may be taking steps in the right direction, but the other proposed Pennsport dog space may have reached the end of its course.

Dickinson Square Park

We’ve been following the plans for this dog-specific space for Dickinson Square from the survey that was initially released, to a public meeting that brought out the vocal non-supporters in May. Park and Recreation has now decided that Dickinson Square Park is “not the best viable option for a dog run.”

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What's Happening in:  Bella Vista 

Delayed Cianfrani Park renovation resuming, expected completion in the fall

Last year we informed you of the capital improvements to Cianfrani Park at 8th and Fitzwater beginning. The plans include new trees, walkways and benches, the installation of a statue garden including the 100-year-old City Seal of Philadelphia statue and more.


The project had an original completion date of the spring, but due to a number of setbacks, the completion date for the project has been pushed back farther.

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What's Happening in:  Pennsport 

Pennsport dog run group now has a name, non-profit status in the works

Pennsport has been working on plans for two dog runs recently. The first, a dog run for Dickinson Square and another for under I-95. 


The latter dog run for I-95 is moving forward, with plan having been submitted to the proper companies and progress being made on the formal creation of a non-profit organization for the group.

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What's Happening in:  Graduate Hospital 

Bagel shop coming in September to Graduate Hospital

In recent years, the corner of 20th and Fitzwater has been the home to some short-lived coffee shops. Once the Beauty Shop Cafe closed after years in this location, coffee shops including the Gold Standard and The Little Cafe lasted short spans of time here.


Now a bagel shop is opening a business on this corner, in hopes of lasting longer than these previous businesses.

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