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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

‘Dragon Green’ Southwark schoolyard design wins Community Design Collaborative award

Southwark Elementary is in the process of raising money for a schoolyard redesign to create an expansive “Dragon Green” for students to play and learn. There’s also plans to transform the school from just an educational facility into a multi-use “community school.”

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At the end of October, the Community Design Collaborative awarded the Community Design Award to the Southwark “Dragon Green” schoolyard design for its “intimate collection of elements.”

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing :  Graduate Hospital 

Little Spoon Cafe, Bing Bing Dim Sum honored in Community Design Collaborative Storefront Challenge

A South Street West cafe and an East Passyunk Avenue restaurant were among the winners in the Community Design Collaborative’s 2016 Storefront Challenge. The bi-yearly competition highlights how these more recent businesses are working to transform their spaces, creating curb appeal across the city.

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Two South Philly businesses came out as winners of this year’s awards. Little Spoon Cafe, located at 1500 South St., and Bing Bing Dim Sum at 1638 E. Passyunk Ave., were both honored.

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What's Happening in:  Newbold :  Point Breeze 

Valley Green Bank’s dramatic transformation takes Best Overall Design at ‘Storefront Challenge’

The South Philadelphia branch of Valley Green Bank opened last June and instantly rejuvenated the corner of Broad and Tasker St. with bright colors and welcoming windows.

The revamped Valley Green Bank.

The revamped Valley Green Bank.

Last week, Valley Green Bank and Metcalfe Architecture & Design took home the honor of “Best Overall Design” in the 2014 Storefront Challenge from The City of Philadelphia Commerce Department and the Community Design Collaborative. Not too shabby when you recall what it replaced.

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What's Happening in:  Hawthorne 

CAPA high school receives planning grant to transform its front yard on Broad Street

The underused front yard of CAPA, the High School for the Creative and Performing Arts at Broad and Christian streets, could see some new life.

The Community Design Collaborative has awarded CAPA’s Home and School Association a planning grant to explore possibilities for the green space out front. “We’ll help them discover how [CAPA] can transform its open space into an asset that enhances CAPA’s identity and connects it to the Avenue of the Arts, the surrounding neighborhood, and Philadelphia as a whole,” the Collaborative said on its website.

Image from the Colaborative's blog

Now, it’s sparse and mostly deserted. Image from the Colaborative’s blog

The Collaborative is the same organization helping so many planned improvement projects we’ve written about over the last couple of years: Columbus Square Park, Titan Park, Fabric Row, Southwark’s greening plan, Bainbridge Green and more.

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What's Happening in:  Pennsport 

Plans for turning Titan Park from concrete jungle to ‘green oasis’ inch forward

The Community Design Collaborative has released a new plan for the tiny Titan Park space and it looks like it’s a step closer to becoming the “green oasis” neighbors had hoped for.

Titan Park as it is today (Photo: James Jennings)

Titan Park as it is today (Photo: James Jennings)

The new vision for Titan Park (via The Community Design Collaborative)

The new vision for Titan Park (via The Community Design Collaborative)

We reported about a year ago regarding the plans to revamp the little swath of concrete at Howard and Titan streets in Pennsport. Back then, neighbors were gathering to develop an overall vision for the pocket park and organize the Friends of Titan Park community group.

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