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What's Happening in:  Point Breeze 

Two new PWD rain gardens are coming to Point Breeze

Green City, Clean Waters has been bringing green infrastructure improvements to the city, with new rain gardens in the form of planters and trenches with trees, along with some less-visible improvements below-ground. The city’s plan is for the program is to triple in size by 2021 to keep making Philadelphia a greener city.

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Point Breeze will soon be seeing more rain gardens, one at 1701 S. Ringgold St. and another at 1900 Point Breeze Ave. thanks to Green City, Clean Waters. On Tuesday, October 18, the Philadelphia Water Department will be giving the neighborhood the opportunity to learn more about the improvements coming to these two lots.

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What's Happening in:  Newbold 

Meeting for Guerin Rec Center shows neighborhood split over green space

UPDATE: According to the Newbold Civic Association, 84% of the comment cards submitted at the meeting were in favor of the green space.

As we told you last week, the plans for the green space in the parking lot of Guerin Recreation Center at 2201 S. 16th St. have been a bit delayed.

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The new plan for this green space.

When the project was presented at past meetings, it was mostly favored by the community. Now based on the community reaction at last night’s meeting at the recreation center, there is a split in the neighborhood, mostly based on the South Philly hot-topic issues of parking and dog poop.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Community meeting to be held for 10th and Tasker sinkhole and water main repair

For months now, 10th and Tasker has been shut down due to a sinkhole and water main break.

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In addition to the road being closed for months, neighbors have been experiencing other problems with water pressure in their homes. Since this is a problem for so many residents, a community meeting is being held to share some more information about this emergency construction work.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

More problems arise surrounding the 10th Street sinkhole

10th Street between Tasker and Morris has been closed for a while now due to a sinkhole and water main leak.

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According to a letter sent to Councilman Squilla’s office from the Water Department, this section of the street will remain closed for another three to four months, in addition to sections of the water main being shut off over the next few weeks to repair the valves.

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Yo, Data! See grants awarded by the PWD citywide

Yo, Data is an occasional feature by tech whiz and South Philly resident Angela Minster, in which she crunches the numbers and makes ‘em all nice and pretty. Know of any data sets you can customize to South Philly? Let us know at punk@passyunkpost.com.


Recently we wrote about stormwater improvements in Dickinson Square Park. One way the Philadelphia Water Deparment sponsors projects like these is by awarding grants to civic groups to “help maintain the beauty and functionality of green stormwater infrastructure.”

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This map shows grant recipient locations throughout the city.

Both the Newbold Community Development Corporation and the Passyunk Square Civic Association have been awarded grants totaling $10,000 and $4,993 respectively.

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What's Happening in:  Pennsport 

Spotted: Storm water improvements at Dickinson Square Park

Have you seen the new sidewalk on Moyamensing Ave. and Morris St. at Dickinson Square Park?

New stormwater trench at Moyamensing and Morris

New stormwater trench at Moyamensing and Morris

More than a walkway, it’s actually a new storm water trench and bump out designed to prevent excess runoff and pollution from entering into our rivers.

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What's Happening in:  Pennsport 

What’s all of that construction work at Dickinson Square Park?

You might have noticed a large section of the sidewalk and street on the corner of 4th and Tasker streets under construction. You can thank the Water Department. (Update: Maybe the time of this post was too negative at first. You “should” thank the department.)

The department has been planning “green infrastructure improvements and installing storm water management measures” for this stretch of street for some time, according to a letter sent to nearby neighbors dated Dec. 24, 2013. There’s only one problem, according to a post on the Friends of Dickinson Square Park Facebook page, the letter was received last week.

4th and Tasker Street (Photo: James Jennings)

4th and Tasker Street (Photo: James Jennings)

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