South Philly News Roundup

Progress in the 13/15 Neighborhood Bikeway Project has – surprise! – sparked outrage. As part of phase one, signage started going up.

“You’re changing residential streets to be bike lanes,” said Girard Estate resident Jody Della Barba, “without telling the neighbors.

“I feel like once I cross Washington Avenue,” said cyclist Kate Mundie, who lives in South Philly east of Broad, “there’s this level of anger that just comes out.”

Mark Dent has more on this story here.

Back to Jody Della Barba. She also been a part of that whole “Parking Down the Middle of Broad Street: Yay-or-Nay Fest 2017”. The former secretary of Frank Rizzo wants it to stay a parking lot. even though she lives at least six blocks away from the action.

Craig LaBan posted a great review of Brewery ARS. If you haven’t been there yet – make time this weekend. They make some great brews.

There was a changing of the guards at Brigantessa and Le Virtu. Chef Joe Cicala is out.

An Indonesian BYOB just opened up. It’s located where Sky Cafe used to be (I loved that place).

17 thoughts on “South Philly News Roundup

  • August 4, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    Jody just wants a lifetime of being on the wrong side of history.

  • August 4, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    I’m no Bike Apologist but sharrows barely count as bike infrastructure. Adapt or die, and in this case there is precious little adapting needed.

    • August 5, 2017 at 1:39 pm

      But Jody has lived her all her life, and been handed everything she has wanted on a silver platter thanks to her connections. Why should she adapt? We should be adapting to what she says. Or at least that’s how Jody and the like see things

  • August 5, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Sky Cafe is still around, btw, it moved to the shopping center on Wash Ave where Pho 75 is (1122 Washington Ave).

  • August 6, 2017 at 8:40 am

    Just my 2 cents, but to some people it’s still 1975… a strip mall with parking or a wawa with a gas station = progress while bike lanes are threatening. Just have to sit back and shake your head since those people stilll have the ear of many decision makers within city buerocracy. Trying to make sp more like the suburbs by putting cars and (sometimes illegal) parking above all else and resisting any/all change might have been a reasonable mindset 30 years ago, but to continue to see/think the same thing now is a serious impediment to reinvestment by families and businesses. The irony is that the same people who think they are advocating for their neighborhood actually contributed to disinvestment/decline. West of broad & south of passyunk… that’s “where the old people live”. That is changing now, but not without a fight.

    • August 6, 2017 at 9:12 am

      South Philly spent the 70’s and 80’s in a bubble. Things were far from perfect, but they also did not think they were a part of the decline throughout the city. Unfortunately, it was.

      Having residents try to return to these values, as expressed on that mind numbing Facebook page, Taking Back our Streets, will destroy these neighborhoods. A return to 70’s and 80’s will not have the bubble it used to, and the neighborhoods will crumble. Changes (or resistance to change) that push away younger residents, with disposable income, or that keep people from outside the neighborhood from coming in (some actually would prefer this because, why else, parking) will lead to neighborhoods with a dying population and shuttered business.

      Then south philly will see what it looks like to get reinvented. What gentrification really means. When you have no money and no power, you have no voice. Point Breeze was almost there. The northern Riverwards have seen it. Adapt or the whole community dies a slow painful death

      • August 6, 2017 at 10:46 am

        Preach it brother!

        • August 6, 2017 at 12:15 pm

          Or sister but yes… amen.

      • August 7, 2017 at 10:50 am

        Exactly. Change is inevitable. Study history. Things will either change for the better, or they will change for the worse. Resist, and try to maintain the status quo, will only guarantee the latter.

      • August 8, 2017 at 9:58 am

        Great post. That FB group “Taking Back our Streets” has multiple comments bemoaning the influx of new people. Say all those new people leave – then what happens to the property values, incentive to fix the public schools, and local businesses? What then? At least they’ll have all the parking they want when we all leave.

        • August 9, 2017 at 12:24 pm

          If you weren’t born within a 6 block radius of where you live (or the special exemption of being born within a 6 block radius of whoever we are discussing was born) then you are an outsider and your opinions don’t matter. How dare you want to plant a tree. Or get annoyed that you can’t safely push a stroller through te neighborhood because every curb cut is blocked by an SUV. That’s just south philly. And if you dislike it, leave.

  • August 6, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    “She lives at least 6 blocks from the action,” soooooo she could easily take the 17 into Center City, read a book on the ride, and not even sweat traffic. But I suspect she thinks she’s way too fancy for public transit.

    • August 7, 2017 at 9:50 am

      Have you ever been on the bus at night!? Scary!

      • August 7, 2017 at 11:53 am

        I’ve been on every form of public transit in the very early mornings, evenings, rush hour, and at night. It usually consists of other human beings, minding their business and just trying to get from point A to point B.

        • August 7, 2017 at 1:06 pm

          It’s scary when you never do it and then you do and see other people…on the same vessel…!!!

          • August 7, 2017 at 1:47 pm

            People? You see people? Well, that is completely unacceptable. Let’s do what we can do make sure people like Jody never have to experience such a thing

    • August 21, 2017 at 8:50 pm

      I actually ride the 17 with Jody all the time.

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