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Broad Street Run passes through South Philly this Sunday – watch for bus detours and parking restrictions

The 39th annual Blue Cross Broad Street run kicks off in North Philly and proceeds 10 miles south to the Navy Yard in South Philadelphia.

Spectators are encouraged to head out to Broad Street to watch the race and cheer on the runners.  Entertainment and refreshments are available along the course and at the finish line.

According to the official event website, some of the best places to watch the racers in South Philly include:

  • South Broad Street at Carpenter (High School for the Creative and Performing Arts);
  • South Broad Street at Jackson (South Philadelphia High School);
  • South Broad Street at Bigler Street;
  • South Broad Street at Packer Avenue, one block from Chickie & Pete’s
  • Broad and Pattison at the Sports Complex.

Extra trains, bus delays

Racers are encouraged to park at the Sports Complex and take the Broad Street Line to the race start.  To accommodate the crowds, according to SEPTA, “Participants in the Blue Cross Broad Street Run may ride the Broad Street Line for free before the race and until 9:00 a.m.  Participants must display their official competitor’s race bib number to a SEPTA cashier to gain entry.”

Beginning at 4:10am ten additional Express Broad Street Line Trains will operate every 10 minutes to transport racers from the parking lots near AT&T (Pattison) Station to stops near the race start Olney Transportation Center and Fern Rock Transportation Center.

Many bus routes in South Philly will be temporarily detoured due to the race.  Check SEPTA’s Blue Cross Broad Street Run Service Information page to see which routes will be detoured.  During the race, check TransitView for up-to-date detour information.

Philadelphia’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) will provide Broad Street run-related transit, weather and safety information. To receive mobile alerts, text RUNPHL to 888-777 or visit OEM’s ReadyPhiladelphia page.

Parking will be restricted on Broad Street before and during the race – watch for posted signs!

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South Philly’s ‘Secret’ Parks, Gardens & Green Spaces

Julian Abele Park, 22nd and Carpenter Streets. Photo by Friends of Julian Abele Park.

 

Now that Spring is finally here you might be looking for a quiet green space where you can enjoy the sunshine.  Curbed Philly posted a great list of 25 ‘secret’ parks and green spaces in the city.  South Philly was represented by eight sites from six neighborhoods:

We can think of a few ‘extra-secret’ South Philly spots missing from the list:

  • Ridgway Park tucked behind CAPA at 13th & Carpenter in Hawthorne, with its wonderful shade trees, a playground and a pool.
  • Mollbore Terrace – actually two separate green spaces located between Oregon Avenue and Johnston Street, 10th and 13th Streets.
  • Weinberg Park – a tiny green triangle on the border of Lower Moyamensing and Whitman.
  • Moyamensing Avenue medians – this linear green space divides Moyamensing Ave. from 15th to 20th.

Can you think of others?  Let us know in the comments below, and check out Curbed Philly’s piece here.

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What's Happening in:  Hawthorne 

Hawthornes owners to match soda tax revenue to donate to Andrew Jackson School

The newly-implemented soda tax has outraged many with the increased prices on not just soda, but also other sugary beverages in the city.

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Not everyone is getting mad about the tax, though. Local restaurant owners Chris Fetfatzes and Heather Annechiarico of Hawthornes are making the tax a bigger initiative to raise money for the Andrew Jackson School.

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What's Happening in:  Bella Vista :  Hawthorne :  Queen Village 

South Street Headhouse District receives $525k grant for safety improvements

The South Street Headhouse District will soon be seeing $525,000 in safety improvements.

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Earlier this week it was announced by State Rep. Michael O’Brien that the district, which covers South Street and Fabric Row, would receive the grant money.

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What's Happening in:  Hawthorne 

Target revealed as Blatstein’s planned Broad and Washington tenant, legal troubles continue for claim to property

Bart Blatstein‘s plans for his 32-story Broad and Washington development have been derailed due to some legal problems that have unfolded over the last few months. Between troubles with Hudson Realty Capital L.L.C. of New York. over claim to the property due to Blatstein’s failure to complete the $18 million purchase by an agreed upon sale date, and an appeal filed by residents in opposition of the development, things have not been moving forward quickly.

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Now Hudson Realty is taking things back to court, attempting to regain claim over the parcel of land to instead sell the property off to Midwood Investment & Development.

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What's Happening in:  Hawthorne 

Bainbridge Street ‘Kater Court Townhomes’ development finally moving forward

The project began in 2012, with plans for 22 homes for a former parking lot just off of Broad Street on Bainbridge Street. Some problems along the way caused quite a long delay in the building of these homes.

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Photo from Naked Philly.

Now a new owner, Alinea Capital Group, has stepped in to continue this development, now called “Kater Court Townhomes” instead of the original “Parke Place” name.

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