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What's Happening in:  Lower Moyamensing 

Spotted: Check out these ‘garden sticks’ at South Philly High

We happened to be passing South Philly High recently and noticed these neat little vertical gardens lined up along Broad Street.

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Molly Devinney, of the Lower Moyamensing Civic Association, said the ”garden sticks” are planted with flowers, vegetables and herbs. They were donated by Urban Jungle and designed and painted by Southern’s students through a City Year service project.

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What's Happening in:  Lower Moyamensing 

New dog park proposed for Broad and Jackson

Chatter around South Philly High’s master greening plan is typically focused on the green roof, but did you know that a dog park is also on the agenda?

Now you do! At the corner of Broad and Jackson streets, the plan is to fence in the grassy area and make it an official dog park. This part of the master plan doesn’t depend on another phase being completed first — it’s its own mini phase. What does need to happen, though, is fundraising and support from dog owners.

Right about here.

Right about here.

Molly Devinney, of the Lower Moyamensing Civic Association, says that so far feedback from neighbors and community members has been positive, but all agree that the park has to be well-maintained because usage will be heavy.

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What's Happening in:  Lower Moyamensing 

South Philly High hits first fundraising goal for green roof, wants more input

The people of South Philly High have one question for you:  Are you ready to raise money to help them raze their roof?

That’s actually an oversimplification (and corny, yes): The school’s true project is to transform its campus into a community green space that will pull double duty as an outdoor classroom and neighborhood park. The signature feature is a green roof that we told you about back in February.

The possible future, rendering by Lauren Mandel of Roofmeadows

The possible future, rendering by Lauren Mandel of Roofmeadows

With help from the Lower Moyamensing Civic Association, Southern — which already boasts an impressive community garden — launched a greening master plan earlier this year and has received an outpouring of support and encouragement from the surrounding community. The project has raised $27,350, surpassing its first financial goal. Now, the school and its partners want to share the project’s progress with, and garner feedback from,  the people who will eventually be using the green space.

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What's Happening in:  Pennsport 

More Quick Hits: Urban Outfitters boom; Pennsport brunch recap; Peace prize for S. Philly High alum; L’angolo lunch

Urban's current headquarters, image via OfficeSnapshots.com

Urban’s current headquarters, image via OfficeSnapshots.com, which has a ton of cool photos of the interior

  • Urban Outfitters is about to go on a construction boom in the Navy Yard. The Inquirer reports that the home-grown company plans to refurbish a 250,000 square foot facility to increase its employment at the Navy Yard by 2,000 employees in the next several years.
  • Remember when Asian students were attacked at South Philly High? Can you believe that was four years ago? Anyway, the student who became an advocate for anti-Asian violence, Wei Chen, has been awarded a $50,000 peace prize to continue his efforts, reports the Daily News.
  • The Insider reports that after 13 years, L’Angolo at Broad and Porter streets is adding lunch service.
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School Talk: South Philly civics focus on education

Editor’s Note: Welcome to School Talk, a monthly guest column looking at education issues in South Philly. If you have concerns, ideas or other thoughts about the state of schools and ways to keep improving them, email us at punk@passyunkpost.com. To kick things off, we have Christine Knapp, education committee chair at the Passyunk Square Civic Association.

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great schoolsIt’s clear that South Philadelphia neighborhoods have been undergoing a dramatic change over the last several years that has created a palpable new energy.

However, much of that growth and excitement is stymied when parents begin to think about sending their children to school. Many parents assume that their local public school isn’t an option, which creates a scramble to get into charter or private schools. Others immediately begin to look to the suburbs for educational options.

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What's Happening in:  Lower Moyamensing 

Take a free “pallet-gardening” class with the South Philly Food Co-op

Want to turn your smallish concrete yard patch into a verdant green oasis? Start with the upcoming free pallet gardening workshop at South Philadelphia High, hosted by the ever-growing South Philly Food Co-op.

This workshop – which comes with a free pallet - is a great way to get a jump on your garden, recycle, and hang out with some fellow green thumbs. Plus, photos of robust pallet gardens are all the rage for followers of garden porn.

Ahhh, so that's what a pallet garden is

Ahhh, so that’s what a pallet garden is. Pics provided by the Co-op

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