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What's Happening in:  Graduate Hospital :  Point Breeze 

Yo, Data! Now compare roof decks 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.


Last time, we looked at roof deck permits in South Philly for the last seven years. We found that Graduate Hospital had by far the most roof decks added (both in total and as a proportion of buildings in the neighborhood). This week we looked at how South Philly neighborhoods stack up compared to the rest of the city.

Roof Decks Added per 100 Residences by Neighborhood Since 2007

The neighborhood that has added the most roof decks (as a proportion of all residential buildings) over the last seven years is the Francisville neighborhood (east of Fairmont and west of Broad), followed by West Poplar (East of Broad from Francisville) and Graduate Hospital. HALF of the top ten neighborhoods are South Philly neighborhoods.

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What's Happening in:  Graduate Hospital :  Point Breeze 

Yo, Data! Watch roof decks spread through South Philly since 2006

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.


Roof decks are the height of urban-living outdoor luxury. As it turns out, roof deck is also a synonym for development.

We looked at roof deck permits from L&I records and found that since 2006 (when the data starts) South Philly has added 3,089 new roof decks. A whopping 59 percent of them are in Graduate Hospital and Point Breeze. Just counting the roof decks added since 2006, that’s 16 roof decks per 100 residential buildings in Graduate Hospital. So if you live in that neighborhood, there’s a 16 percent chance that you can hang out on your own roof deck.

The interactive map below shows every roof deck and the roof deck rate by neighborhood over time.

You can watch the spread of development head down into Point Breeze and further south via roof-deck spread:

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