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Yo, Data! Top 5 Hottest Blocks for Car Break-ins in 2014

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.


If you have a car in the city you’ve probably noticed the broken glass of a car window on the ground and made a mental note to avoide parking on that block. But how prevalent are car break-ins and stolen cars? And where should I avoid leaving my car?

In 2014 there were 1,168 reported car break-ins in South Philadelphia. The top spots for break-in’s are in the commercial areas along Columbus Blvd, but excluding those, here were the 5 least safe blocks to leave your car in 2014:

  • 800 Block of Mifflin Street – 10 break-ins
  • 2100 Block of S 5th Street – 8
  • 400 Block of Reed Street – 7
  • 500 Block of S Front Street – 7
  • 1100 Block of S 7th Street – 5

The interactive map below shows all car break-ins by block and all car thefts in South Philly in 2014.

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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:  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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Yo, Data: See where South Philadelphians like to exercise

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.


Recreational development projects are popping up all over the area, so we took at look at 2,220 biking, running and walking routes from MapMyFitness.com. The data was submitted by 1,100 of the site’s users in the last 12 months.

This map shows only routes that originated south of South Street. Darker lines indicate that a road is more heavily used.

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Submitted running, biking and walking routes in South Philly from MapMyRun.com. Click to view larger.

Many people seem to run north to Center City, but it looks like any major road or park is subject to recreational use. With all of the work being done by the Delaware Riverfront Waterfront Corporation near Columbus Boulevard, it’s nice to see that the southern section of that waterfront trail is being used for something more than underage drinking .

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