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What's Happening in:  Newbold 

Newbold Neighbors hosting a sangria tour of homes

They’ve done a wine tour. They’ve done a beer tour. Next stop, sangria.

Looks tasty, no? Pic from Her Campus

Looks tasty, no? Pic from Her Campus

On Aug. 9 the Newbold Neighbors Association is hosting a sangria tour of homes, which an organizer pitched to us would be like a live version of our weekly SoPhilly Spotlight real estate posts.

The tour includes five houses in or near the southwest portion of Newbold (the NNA’s southwestern boundary is 18th and West Passyunk). Each house will offer two different sangrias, one red and one white, and you’ll get to keep the glass from your first house. Each host will also have hors d’oeuvres, including vegetarian and vegan options.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Construction begins on 7th and Dudley — in area that used to not have an RCO

There is a new infill project underway at the corner of 7th and Dudley streets.

7th and Dudley

Permits were granted back in late 2013 for the erection of two three-story structures at 1926 and 1930 S. 7th St. The buildings are not to exceed 35 feet in height and look to be multifamily dwellings.

7th and Dudley from June of 2012 (via Google Maps)

7th and Dudley from June of 2012 (via Google Maps)

As you can see from the pictures, the area was spruced up a bit before construction with the installation of Mural Arts project “Southeast by Southeast” in 2012. However, multiple CLIP violations were levied against the lots that encompass this corner.

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What's Happening in:  Newbold :  Point Breeze 

Newbold Neighbors Association has started recruiting for their Fall Beer Tour

The Newbold Neighbors Association is looking for assistance for this year’s 2013 fall beer tour.

Joe Suchma, interim president, is coordinating the committee and he says it’s still early.

“We don’t have any details yet, that’s what the committee’s for,” Suchma said. “The event has traditionally been a tour of five to six houses, each with a different keg/food combo.”

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Different outcomes for 2 proposals exhibit life without a civic association

Work has begun on a four-unit apartment building at 2008-2010 S. 8th St., on the border of the East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association‘s turf. But that’s actually only part of the story.

The real story is how this project contrasts so sharply with one less than two blocks away, at 1939 S. 7th St., which we wrote about in April.

2008-2010 is only two of the three lots. Shame they couldn't do all three at the same time.

2008-2010 S. 8th St., which is two of the three lots pictured. Shame they didn’t do all three at once.

On 8th, the developer went before the EPX zoning committee in April 2012 with a request for six units. Four were approved.

They actually added bars to the windows. Doesn't inspire confidence.

7th and McKean, where they actually added bars to the windows. Doesn’t inspire confidence.

On 7th Street, there was no registered community organization to present to. That was why we called 7th and McKean – between EPX, Pennsport, Dickinson Square West, Lomo and Whitman civics – a civic no-man’s land.

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What's Happening in:  Dickinson Square West 

What’s up with the pile of Coronas in the Red Bone Lounge?

As we were checking out a couple projects near 7th and McKean this week, we couldn’t help but notice the Red Bone Restaurant and Sports Lounge at 2006 S. 7th St.

Red bone lounge (4)

It’s a new-looking, eye-catching red awning, possibly a positive addition to an otherwise battered stretch of South Philly. Upon closer inspection, the inside is a shit hole.

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Mind the gap! Civic association-less pocket makes a move toward organizing

A few weeks back we wrote about a renovation at 7th and McKean and questioned how many apartments were going to be crammed into the building. Permits for 1939 S. 7th St. say they plan to install six full bathrooms into the building’s 4,200 square feet.

1939 S. 7th St.

1939 S. 7th St.

We also called the area a civic “no-man’s land” since there was no registered community organization that would speak on behalf of the area’s residents (which some people took offense to on our Facebook page) when former single-family homes are split up into apartments.

Well, it turns out, the 7th Street corridor won’t be civic-less for long.

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