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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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What's Happening in:  Dickinson Square West :  Pennsport 

The end of Mt. Sinai

It’s been a long process for Mt. Sinai. The former hospital was shuttered 19 years ago and since then, plans have shifted to various forms of redevelopment before to landing on the current plans for the site at 4th and Reed.

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Demolition photo from January.

As the building is reaching end-stages of demolition, the plans for the 95 townhomes to be built on the site of this long-standing structure lingers. The changes happening here show “the vulnerability of broad-shouldered architecture to real estate development on the quick.”

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What's Happening in:  All over South Philly 

Top development stories of 2015

In 2015, we followed some sizable development projects. There were quite a few meetings regarding the long-debated 9th and Wharton development, demolition beginning soon for a mixed-use project near Broad and Washington, talk of pedestrian improvements along East Passyunk Avenue and much more. While there’s plenty of note, these were the stories that sparked your interest the most in 2015.

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Renderings of the proposed 9th and Wharton development.

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What's Happening in:  Dickinson Square West :  Pennsport 

Take a peek inside Mt. Sinai during the building’s final days

As the final days of Mt. Sinai are upon us, have you thought about the history behind the building that’s being demolished?

Conrad Benner of Streets Dept shared these photos from fellow Philadelphia photographer, @austinxc04 on Instagram, to document the interior of the deteriorating building prior to demolition.

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What's Happening in:  Dickinson Square West :  Pennsport 

400 block of Reed Street discovered to be wood-paved

If you’re walking or driving past the soon-to-be-demolished Mt. Sinai, you might notice some wood blocks on the streets.

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Photo from Dickinson Square West Civic Association.

While working on repaving the 400 block of Reed Street, wood blocks that could be original to the street were discovered.

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