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Bounty on Signs will Help East Point Breeze

Volunteers needed this Saturday to help raise funds for East Point Breeze Neighbors through illegal sign collection

Are you sick of seeing those cheap plastic signs affixed to utility poles?  You know, the ones that offer “cash for houses” or promote a business or service. Well, this weekend is your opportunity to help remove this illegal blight while benefiting a local civic association.

Photo courtesy of East Point Breeze Neighbors.

First, the skinny on these signs from the City of Philadelphia’s Clean PHL program:

…it is illegal in Philadelphia to post or pay someone to post a sign on a streetlight, utility pole, traffic sign, historical marker, or street tree. The penalty for posting these signs is $300 per sign for the first offense and up to $2,000 per sign for the second offense.

And here’s how you can help:

This Saturday, June 16th, East Point Breeze Neighbors (EPBN) will participate in the city’s Illegal Signs Round-up.  As part of this Philly-wide event, the City will pay registered groups fifty cents for every illegal sign collected and turned in at the collection point on Saturday (up to 500 signs).  EPBN will use all funds raised towards cleaning and greening efforts.

EPBN is seeking ‘collecting posses’ of 2-4 people.  Check in at Manton Green (17th and Manton Streets) between 9 am and 10 am. EPBN will direct each group towards areas in need of attention.  After the sign-hunting expedition is complete, signs should be brought back to Manton Green.  EPBN will being them to the collection point to have them counted.  EPBN is also seeking volunteers with “high-capacity vehicles (station wagons, SUVs, pickups, etc) to be posse-transporters.”

If you can help collect signs and/or transport sign collectors, please email clean@epbneighbors.org.

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Foodie Friday: Tasty bits to digest

There’s been a smorgasbord of South Philly restaurant news in the blog-o-sphere. Here are some links to whet your appetite, so to speak…


Northwest corner of 12th & Morris gets a tenant!

The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Michael Kline broke the news yesterday that something’s (finally!) coming to the retail space at the northwest corner of 12th & Morris streets (1646 S. 12th St.):

Separatist Beer Project, the onetime gypsy brewer from Easton known until recently as Sole Artisan Ales, says it has signed a lease for what it calls “a concept bar and beer experience”

Kline spoke with the owner Joe Fay who said the new bar would serve its beer plus wines and coffee. According to Kline:

He described the look as “modern Scandinavian.” The basement, with 10-foot ceilings, will be a kind of rathskeller, with barrel- and bottle-aging and a large table to be used for special events.

The bar could open “as soon as August.”

The space was originally slated for a restaurant by Chris Scarduzio. He bowed out before the building broke ground.  The retail space has sat empty since the building was completed about two years ago. See our previous coverage about the site here and here, and here.

1646 S 12th Street. Photo courtesy of E-Built. www.ebuiltinc.com


Smoke signals

Mike’s BBQ, 1703 S. 11th St., received a nice review in the Cherry Hill Courier-Post.  Writer Emily Teel sums it up: “Barbecue in South Philly? Mike’s isn’t just blowing smoke.”


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What's Happening in:  Point Breeze 

You’ve never met a NICEr group

By C.T. Liotta

NICE, Neighbors Investing in Childs Elementary, helps support excellent education for all children in the George W. Childs Elementary School catchment area. This Sunday, May 20th, NICE will host the first of what it hopes will become an annual fundraiser, A NICE Night. Billed as an elegant evening to gather, socialize and support public education, the event will take place at On Point Bistro, 1200 Point Breeze Ave. Chef Juan Lopez will provide heavy hors d’oeuvres.

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Weekend events primer – May Day edition

Friday, May 4

  • 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm. 3rd Annual Spirits & History at Gloria Dei (Old Swede’s Church), 916 Swanson St. Hear stories of the Swedish trailblazers now resting at Old Swede’s graveyard while tasting spirits matched to their life-and-times. Food & drink, story telling and jazz. Proceeds benefit the preservation of Gloria Dei Church. Get tickets at the door, or here.

Saturday, May 5th

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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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What's Happening in:  All over South Philly :  Pennsport :  Point Breeze 

Growth and consequences

We missed covering a number of stories while we were on hiatus.  Here’s the first of several news round-ups in which we play catch-up.

The population of Philadelphia neighborhoods east of Broad Street have grown at a faster pace than neighborhoods west of Broad, including in South Philly, reports Curbed Philadelphia. South Philly’s 19146 zip code (generally Broad to the Schuylkill, Lombard to Tasker) increased by 9.8% from 2000 to 2017.  The 19147 zip code (generally Broad to the Delaware River, Lombard to Tasker) increased by 20.6% during that same period. Each zip code boasts around 40,000 people, with 39,917 in 19146 and 40,490 in 19147.  

Chart courtesy of JLL Philadelphia via Curbed Philly.

 

Some of the population growth west of Broad Street has resulted in the displacement of long-term residents. Point Breeze needs “development without replacement,” writes Claudia Sherrod, a Point Breeze resident and South Philadelphia H.O.M.E.S., Inc. director, in an op ed on whyy.org.  “Over the past decade, Philadelphia has lost a fifth of its housing units that rent to low-income families. I understand real estate is a business but I believe there is a way to conduct business while respecting people of this community.”

And speaking of growth, over in Pennsport there’s Southwark on Reed. The 95-townhouse project built on the site of the former Mt. Sinai Hospital is “…rapidly approaching the finish line,” reports Naked Philly and “the development is completely sold out.”  Demolition at the hospital began in February of 2016.

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