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Happy New Year! We’re back from a holiday break with a few news stories you should check out if you haven’t already.

Riverview Plaza and Theater are in store for some major changes, as reported by Jacob Aldeman at Some highlights:

  • The theater is set to undergo a $12 million makeover that will include a “4D” experience.
  • 7 to 10 year project, divided into three phases.
  • First two phases will include 260 apartments and 125,000 square feet of retail.
  • Plaza will be rebuilt with buildings lining the sidewalk along Columbus Blvd.
  • Parking will be located within and behind the buildings.
  • First-floor retail including restaurants.
  • Luxury apartments with waterfront views located above the retail.
  • Potential re-use of the historic Engine 46 firehouse at 2nd & Reed Streets.

Changes to recycling rules are in our future. In the meantime, the recycling South Philadelphians put out each week is likely going to the incinerator. That’s according to this report by KYW News which notes: “the city is sending recycling only from parts of the city where there’s little contamination of recyclables, largely the Northeast and Northwest.” The changes are due to an upheaval in the global recycling market. Whatever you do, don’t stop recycling! You can be fined for non-compliance.

The owners of East Passyunk’s newly-opened bookstore, A Novel Idea on Passyunk, were interviewed by Philly Mag’s Clair Sasko. Christina Rosso-Schneider and Alexander Schneider hosted a soft-opening for their shop in December. According to Christina, plans for the new year include “…a book club, classes through Blue Stoop, and an open mic, and I want to start a writing group. We also want to do events with other local businesses, like with yoga studios or a wine and cheese tasting with a local wine bar.” Check out the shop during their new hours.




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What's Happening in:  Dickinson Square West 

Dickinson Square Decorating Contest & Caroling

Contest ends tomorrow, Dec. 18 – enter today or vote on the current entries.

Dickinson Square West Civic Association (DSWCA) is hosting the neighborhood’s second annual holiday house decorating contest – and you have one day left to enter and/or vote on your favorite entry.

The group invites neighbors living between Washington and Snyder, 4th and 6th Streets to enter by sending a clear, evening photo of their decorated house, along with their name and address, to

DSWCA will post all submitted photos on the Dickinson Square West Facebook page in a photo album titled “Holiday House Decorating Contest 2018.” 

On December 18, DSWCA will select winners based on the number of likes each entry receives on Facebook. Winners will be announced on their Facebook page. The top three houses will receive prizes

Beginning at 6:30 pm on Dec. 18, the Dickinson Square West Carolers will stop at 
each winning home to sing songs and hand out cookies and hot chocolate. 

Those interested in taking part in the caroling group should meet at the Parson building in the center of Dickinson Square Park at 6:30 pm.

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What's Happening in:  All over South Philly 

Free expert advice on fixing & improving your row house

The Association for Preservation Technology Delaware Valley Chapter is offering a free, two-day symposium on the Philadelphia row house this Friday and Saturday. The event promises to help homeowners learn how to maintain and repair their row house, and make them more energy efficient.

Topics will include:

  • Repairing and underpinning foundation walls
  • Wall stabilization and repair
  • How to insulate masonry walls
  • Ventilation and HVAC
  • Wood window repair and replacement
  • Flashing and roofing systems
  • Chimney repair best practices

Representatives from the Historic Commission and L&I will also be present to discuss permitting, inspecting, and getting repairs and alterations approved by the City.

The 2018 Row House Symposium is FREE, but registration is required. Please register here.

Friday, November 16, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, November 17, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Friday: Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine St.
Saturday: Materials Conservation Co., 1714 N Mascher St.

For more information:

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Election Day is Tuesday, November 6

Related imageDo you know your polling place?

Find it at the Office of Philadelphia City Commissioners site.

If you are voting by absentee ballot, it’s due by 5 pm Friday, November 2.

Not sure what you’re voting for? Check out the non-partisan Committee of Seventy’s voting guide. The site includes:

Find more information on the state voter services site.

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What's Happening in:  South Broad Street :  Whitman 

Mayor Kenney to Visit Two South Philly Sites Today

The Mayor’s Office of Communications announced that Mayor Kenney would visit two sites in South Philadelphia today.

First off, at 11 a.m., the Mayor will speak at a celebration of CHOP’s South Philadelphia Community Health & Literacy Center, 1700 S. Broad St.

The Mayor will deliver remarks at this event to celebrate Citizens Bank’s support of the Health and Literacy Center.

At Noon the Mayor is due across town at the Whitman Library Play Space Ribbon Cutting. Located at 200 Snyder Ave., the library’s indoor play space is one of three the Free Library is installing in an effort to allow children to relieve some of their pent-up energy after school.

We’ll have more details on the play space in a future article, but if it’s anything like the one dedicated at the Cecil B. Moore Library in North Philadelphia in April, there will be an element of risk involved, as designer Meghan Talarowski of Studio Ludo told Plan Philly’s Shai Ben-Yaacov:

Risky play is the idea of encouraging kids to use their bodies in different ways that are developmentally appropriate for them…As we grow, we automatically want to do slightly riskier things with our bodies. We want to move more, we want to jump off of things, be higher…

Read the whole story here.

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What's Happening in:  All over South Philly 

This Week: More South Philly Street Paving

The Streets Department announced additional street paving work in South Philadelphia for the week of June 4th.

The work schedule includes temporary, full street closures and parking restrictions. Weather or special events in the area may alter the resurfacing schedule.  Area streets where work will take place include:

With the work comes a heads-up about parking:

If you park one of these streets, watch out for temporary ‘No Parking’ signs posted in advance of the paving work.  Streets department cautions that, “Residents are urged to move their cars from the work sites when temporary ‘No Parking’ signs are posted, so that vehicles are not towed.  In the event a car is towed, please contact your local Police District to determine its location.  Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling around the work areas.

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