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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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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:  Point Breeze 

Zillow predicts Point Breeze and ‘Greenwich’ to be Philly’s new hottest neighborhoods

Is Point Breeze going to be Philly’s new hottest neighborhood? Zillow says yes.

Point Breeze pic (anyone know the street?) from ilovebricks.

With increased development, some new restaurants popping up and more progress, Zillow is predicting that the area could be a new destination neighborhood. Also on the list is “Greenwich,” which is Zillow’s name for the area between 9th and 4th Streets and Mifflin and Snyder.

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What's Happening in:  Point Breeze 

What clean and green improvements should be made in Point Breeze?

While improvements are being made to the trash problem around the city, like the increased street cleaning through Ready, Willing & Able in Point Breeze, it is still a huge problem (as a Twitter account dedicated to South Philly trash also points out).

Point Breeze pic (anyone know the street?) from ilovebricks.

Point Breeze pic from ilovebricks.

Point Breeze Community Development Corporation’s Clean and Green committee is creating a plan for future improvements to the neighborhood and is seeking feedback from nearby residents.

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What's Happening in:  Point Breeze 

Point Breeze called one of the ‘best bad neighborhoods’ for purchasing a home

Point Breeze has been seeing changes in recent years, with more development and some new businesses attempting to revive the neighborhood.

Point Breeze pic (anyone know the street?) from ilovebricks.

Point Breeze pic from ilovebricks.

A recent real estate study has named Point Breeze as number 7 on a list of 35 “best bad neighborhoods” to buy homes. The study shows that house flipping in this area results in an average 138% return on investement.

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