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Triangle at Passyunk and Mifflin to be rebuilt into community space

UPDATE: As of Monday, the newsstand was removed from the triangle. This post has been updated with new photos.

The Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation, which was responsible for turning the area around the fountain at Passyunk and Tasker into a usable space, plans to take its methods to another triangle a few blocks down.

The view from the Mifflin Street side.

The view from the Mifflin Street side.

PARC director Sam Sherman told us the organization bought the newsstand and plans to tear it down. They’ll then add seating, better lighting and landscaping to the triangle, which includes the bronze statue of boxer Joey Giardello.

The transformation from glorified traffic island — across the street from the under-demolition former King of Jeans building — to hangout space is scheduled to begin within the next couple weeks.

“Today the power should be cut from the building, and if that happens, demolition will occur shortly thereafter,” Sherman told us yesterday.

Taken from intersection at 13th and Passyunk.

Taken from intersection at 13th and Passyunk.

The changes won’t be as comprehensive as around the fountain or at the gateway that is still planned for Broad, Passyunk and McKean. But expect to see another area to hang out with a cup of coffee, or a comic book and a cupcake from across the street.


Photo of the progress being made on the triangle by Joseph F. Marino of the East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association.

“We’re trying to make it outdoor flex space, like a smaller version of the fountain,” Sherman said. ”As you see our trend here is to create these sort of resting spots along the avenue.”


The newsstand has been removed from the triangle. Photo by Taylor Farnsworth.

They will take out the trees on the 13th Street side “and put some that are more appropriate,” Sherman said. The roots are beginning to push up the sidewalk.

The goal is to get everything done in time for the car show on July 26.



20 Responses to Triangle at Passyunk and Mifflin to be rebuilt into community space

  1. Ian April 9, 2015 at 9:49 am #

    Awesome. I see it also looks like they are ready to demo the king of jeans building? I spied some chainlink fence the other day…

  2. c.g. April 9, 2015 at 11:17 am #

    “They will take out the trees on the 13th Street side “and put some that are more appropriate,” ”

    I get that trees with roots that push up the sidewalk are bad, but are these new “appropriate” trees going to be the kind of tiny/”decorative” trees that I’ve seen being planted that don’t seem like they’ll ever offer any kind of real shade? Because otherwise they’re just glorified shrubbery.

  3. Richard Battaglia April 9, 2015 at 11:19 am #

    Wonderful!! It is so nice to see the avenue coming to life again.

  4. Gigi Guss April 9, 2015 at 1:11 pm #

    How about Caramella Gourmet Popcorn kiosk ?

    • Phillydave April 9, 2015 at 1:51 pm #

      Hell yeah! The popcorn place on 12th St in CC is like crack.

  5. Bonnie April 9, 2015 at 1:28 pm #

    Id love to see some grass! There are so many dog owners along the avenue and so few grassy (not mulchy!) places for them to do their business. Add a trash can or those dispensers like in Rittenhouse and there shouldn’t be any problems

    • Lee April 9, 2015 at 1:54 pm #


    • Tiny Tim April 10, 2015 at 8:50 am #

      public space! somewhere for dogs to shit and piss!

      there’s a dog park 4 blocks away.

    • Jake April 27, 2015 at 1:22 pm #

      The vast majority of visitors to Passyunk who are not dog owners would probably not appreciate smelling more poop. Take them to the dog park at 12th and Reed.

  6. Conor April 10, 2015 at 8:34 am #

    What about the project to redo the 12th/Morris/Passyunk intersection?

    I believe they made (minor) adjustments to the traffic lights, but it’s still terrible.

    • David Goldfarb April 10, 2015 at 9:17 am #

      Nothing has happened yet, but it’s still coming. Stay tuned.

      • ProvWitout April 14, 2015 at 6:17 pm #

        Please no peninsulas… Thats like training wheels for people who don’t know how to look both ways before crossing the street. Oh… And please look up from your phones people before walking across an intersection… Jeez!

    • DaveFame April 10, 2015 at 10:25 am #

      Also made me think about the $500K William Penn grant for the East Passyunk “Gateway”. That article was from 1 1/2 years ago. What ever happened to that project?

      • David Goldfarb April 10, 2015 at 12:57 pm #

        Groundbreaking is April 15th, 6PM.

        • James April 13, 2015 at 9:24 am #

          Need update on sketches, pictures, plans. Good you are good to go April 15th.

  7. James April 13, 2015 at 9:16 am #

    Show us photo updates of demolished news kiosk and installation of benches. Wonderful way to spruce up a public area and make the area look great!

  8. jimbo April 13, 2015 at 12:03 pm #

    how do we make the joe g statue go away?

    • James April 13, 2015 at 2:48 pm #

      It could be moved to the Wells Fargo Center as interior art. Better to keep the renovations now planned simple as a place for people to sit down and relax.

    • derek April 14, 2015 at 3:07 pm #

      While the Joey G. statue is one of the most bizarre things I have ever laid eyes on, I say leave it.

    • rob April 14, 2015 at 5:23 pm #


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