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Columbus Square Park Now.. and Three Years from Now.

Back in March, Passyunk Square Civic Association received a grant for design services towards Columbus Square Park (13th and Reed). The design services will be a pro-bono project from Community Design Collaborative who’s mission is ‘Strengthening Neighbors Through Design’. This non-profit has worked on several Philadelphia based projects including McCall Elementary School, SOAKITUP! and several more. At that time plans were established to renovate the park. Although the big question remained, would the playing field be part of this new plan?

Columbus Square Park Advisory Council and the Department of Parks and Rec. have met yet once again. After several discussions with designers, don’t expect the final plan anytime soon. One thing has been decided on, the playing field will stay. Woohoo! Talks of making the field smaller were mentioned, but again these plans have a long road ahead.

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(Looking through the entrance gates at 13th and Wharton)

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(Seating area outside of fenced in playing field. Some of these benches have been painted over recently.)

Some improvements are in need for Columbus Square Park because right now this park seems to be used and abused. Included in some of the initial plans are to enlarge the dog-park area and resurface with dog friendly synthetic grass. Added seating around the park as well as refurbishing the play-ground surface area eliminating the cracked tiles and making this safe for children. A water feature as well as shade veils have also been mentioned in this renovation. While these plans are still being smoothed out, the Community Design Collaborative hopes to have them complete by October.

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(…others need some lovin’)

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(Inside the playground area you can see many of these tiles lifting and splitting.)


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(Some have even caved in…)

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(Fenced in dog park area looking South. Not a very ‘paw friendly’ surface.)

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(‘The Roundhouse’, pretty run down if you ask us. Talks of a concession stand or arts center have been heard. Of course all contingent on the cost.)

Neighbors in this Passyunk Square community voiced and emailed their enforcement for these renovations. All of which felt that improving this park will keep kids out of trouble and create a better neighborhood community. Once these design plans are complete the fundraising begins which is estimated to take about one year.

So, Columbus Square Park, we look forward to seeing your new and improved green in about 3 years.

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Summer Farmer Markets

This coming weekend and until the first Saturday in November you can find fresh produce and meats at the South and Passyunk Farmers Market. Saturday’s from 10am-2pm you can shop the streets among local farm and food vendors. From cheese to berries, find favorites such as Frecon Farms, Wagner Farmstead and Lanci Bakery.

If you always seem to be tied up on Saturdays, stroll on over to Headhouse Square in Society Hill. Now with more than 40 vendors, this farmers market has been growing each year since 2007. Seeds, herbs, ice cream and coffee are among the variety you can find on Sunday’s from 10am-2pm. Mark it on your calendars as this farmers market is present each Sunday in Headhouse Square until October 27th.

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The Problem With Triangle Park

Triangle Park in better days. Courtesy Naked Philly.

Bella Vista’s Triangle Park, at the intersection of 6th and Christian Streets and Passyunk Avenue, is a small, beautiful plot of green in a neighborhood boasting several small, beautiful plots of green. It, however, also sits satisfyingly right in the middle of the neighborhood, surrounded by beautiful houses, cafés, and other small business.

Oh, and it’s privately owned.

That’s why the owner fenced it in earlier this summer, in an “attempt to signal its availability”, despite its half-decade of cheerful local use, much to the displeasure of the neighborhood–a neighborhood which has been working to acquire the parcel so it can stay a park ever and anon…

The overgrown site. Courtesy Naked Philly

But wait, there’s more! According to this Naked Philly piece, the parcel was a gas station before the community covered it with greenery. And gas station sites tend to have nasty underground surprises, particularly for verdanture atop. Environmental sampling and (likely) remediation has to be done before the property can be conveyed, which has to happen before the fencing can come down–remediation which would also destroy the landscaping already in place.

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New Condos In Society Hill

 

Traditionally suburban home developer Toll Brothers–of Naval Square fame–has set its sights on Society Hill, with a 69 unit, 68 feet tall condo unit by Headhouse Square, in the NewMarket site, as Plan Philly reports. With red brick and limestone wainscoting, this structure is deeply respectful of its historic surroundings.

Designed and contracted in-house, this project will also feature a small public space on the Headhouse Square side. Take a look at the renders and see for yourself.

Nevertheless, some near neighbors remain opposed to the structure: parking and sunlight issues have been brought up. Considering the rather vexed history of this site, we here are crossing our fingers and hoping everything gets worked out, and they are allowed to build.

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Philadelphia New Homes For Sale – 11.27.12 (Bella Vista, Queen Village, East Passyunk, Pennsport)

Here below are all new listings updated to the MLS for the past seven days. Zip codes focused on are 19106, 19107, 19147, and 19148. If you have any questions or comments about the information listed below, please feel free to call Larry Levin at 267.808.6565       

(source: TREND MLS; Courtesy of Larry Levin)      

 

Address and Neighborhood Bedrooms Bathrooms List Price Zip
Bella Vista
703 Clymer St. 4 1 $299,900 19147
770-78 S 3rd St. E 1 1 $257,900 19147
East Passyunk 
1261 Pierce St. 3 1.1 $285,000 19148
1901 S Camac St. 2 1.1 $269,000 19148
Old City
15 Appletree Ct. 3 2 $525,000 19106
Passyunk Square
1218 S 13th St. 5 4 $275,000 19147
Pennsport
1529 S 4th St. 3 3 $400,000 19147
1531 S 4th St. 3 3 $400,000 19147
1620 S Lawrence St. 3 1 $199,000 19148
Society Hill
241 S 4th St. 3 2.2 $1,195,000 19106
400-416 S 2nd St. 410B 2 1 $329,000 19147
Southwark
1406 S 7th St. 4 1.1 $149,000 19147
339 Titan St. 4 1.1 $129,000 19147
Washington Square West
238 S 13th St. 2F 1 1 $219,900 19107
250 S 13th St. 12D 1 1 $429,000 19107
250 S 13th St. 2A 1 1 $215,000 19107
1211 South St. C 2 1 $279,000 19147
Queen Village
909 Annin St. 4 1.1 $200,000 19147
918 S 2nd St. 2 1 $195,000 19147

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Philadelphia Just Sold Homes – 12.03.12 (Bella Vista, Queen Village, East Passyunk, Pennsport)

Here below are all just sold homes updated to the MLS for the past seven days.  Zip codes focused on are 19106, 19107, 19147, and 19148.                                        

If you have any questions or comments about the information listed below, please feel free to call Larry Levin at 267.808.6565.                  

(source: TREND MLS; Courtesy of Larry Levin)

 

Address Price Beds Baths Zip
Bella Vista
631 Kimball St. $320,000 4 2 19147
715 S 8th St. $695,000 5 3.1 19147
912 Kimball St. $379,900 3 2 19147
         
East Passyunk
1121 Mercy St. $224,900 3 1.1 19148
1907 S 12th St. $230,000 2 1 19148
1924 S 11th St. $299,000 3 1 19148
Hawthorne
1231B Clymer St. $285,000 3 2.1 19147
1009 S 13th St. $319,000 3 2.1 19147
Italian Market Area
1212 S Marshall St. $229,900 2 1 19147
1233 S 7th St. $190,000 5 1 19147
Old City
113 N Bread St 3B4 $497,000 3 2 19106
313 N Lawrence St. $535,000 3 2 19106
Passyunk Square
1138 Wilder St. $274,000 2 1.1 19147
1176 S Darien St. $239,900 2 1 19147
1441 S Franklin St. $90,000 2 1 19147
1614 S 12th St. $229,000 4 1 19148
826 Dickinson St. $289,000 3 1.1 19147
839 Earp St. $199,900 2 1 19147
Pennsport
1424 S Orianna St. $169,900 2 1 19147
1637 S Hancock St. $249,900 2 1 19148
217 Mountain St. $294,900 3 1.1 19148
316 Greenwich St. $234,900 3 1.1 19147
422 Dickinson St. $259,900 3 2.1 19147
Queen Village
10 Catharine St. $460,000 4 4.1 19147
127 Monroe St. $400,000 2 2 19147
328 Queen St. 5 $245,000 2 1 19147
715 S Philip St. D $549,000 3 2.1 19147
919 S 2nd St. $285,000 4 2 19147
Society Hill
220 Locust St. 28A $359,900 2 1 19106
Washington Square West
1001-13 Chestnut St. 301E $195,000 1 1 19107
1021 Clinton St. 6 $229,900 1 1 19107
228 S Quince St. $450,000 2 3 19107
266 S 9th St. $720,000 8 4.1 19107

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New Philadelphia Price Changes – 12.06.12 (Bella Vista, East Passyunk, Queen Village, Washington Square)

Here below are all new Philadelphia price changes updated to the MLS for the past seven days. Zip codes focused on are 19106, 19107, 19147, and 19148. 

(source: TREND MLS; Courtesy of Larry Levin)                                                              

If you have any questions or comments about the information listed below, please feel free to call Larry Levin at 267.808.6565.

Address Price Beds Baths Zip
Bella Vista
708 Federal St. $179,900 3 1 19147
730 Montrose St. D $450,000 3 3 19147
925 Kimball St. $149,900 0 0 19147
East Passyunk
1629 S 9th St. $239,900 3 1.1 19148
Hawthorne
1331 Webster St. $315,000 2 1.1 19147
Italian Market
1140 S 12th St. $269,900 4 2 19147
1155 S Delhi St. $134,900 2 1 19147
600 Federal St. $319,000 3 2 19147
Old City
104 N 2nd St. 203 $239,900 1 1 19106
104 N 2nd St. 302 $239,900 1 1 19106
201 N 8th St. 502 $260,000 1 1 19106
214-18 New St. B $339,900 2 2 19106
315 New St. 307 $330,000 2 2 19106
315 New St. 422 $299,900 2 2 19106
Passyunk Square
1125 Pierce St. $324,200 3 2.1 19148
1302 S 7th St. $274,900 3 2 19147
1322 S 8th St. $280,000 2 2.1 19147
1515 S Camac St. $209,000 2 1 19147
1710 S Iseminger St. $259,900 2 1.1 19148
903 Greenwich St. $215,900 2 1.1 19147
Pennsport
111 Federal St $505,000 3 2.1 19147
235 Wilder St. $135,000 2 2 19147
349 Dickinson St. $229,000 4 1.1 19147
623 Hoffman St. $79,900 2 1 19148
Queen Village
123-25 Monroe St. $985,000 4 4.1 19147
229 Fulton St. D $330,000 2 1 19147
842 S Front St. $910,000 3 3.1 19147
Society Hill
121-35 Walnut St. 204 $825,000 3 3.1 19106
200-10 Lombard St. 732 $255,000 1 1.1 19147
Washington Square
1130-32 Chestnut St. 200 $650,000 2 2 19107
         
Washington Square West
1035 Spruce St. LL2 $165,000 1 1 19107
306 S 13th St. 1 $279,000 2 2 19107
505 S 10th St. C $460,000 3 2 19147
330 S Clarion St. $345,000 2 1 19107

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Drag Brigade To Be Included In This Year’s Mummers Day Parade

As the holiday season continues in our city of Brotherly of Love,  the average Philadelphian always looks forward to the Mummers Day Parade. In most cities, New Year’s Eve is the big hurrah and main event. However, here in Philly we do things a tad different. We rev up January 1st for a day full of merriment, drinking, friends, family, and the Mummers.

This year marks a very special parade with the inclusion of some of Philadelphia’s brightest and best drag queens in what will be the first ever Drag Brigade. Ten talented queens were chosen by long time Philadelphia drag power house Brittany Lynn (Ian Morrison out of lashes and heels). Each queen will be leading a brigade they were specifically paired with down Broad Street from Washington Avenue to City Hall early New Year’s Day.  Later that afternoon, each queen will be outfitted to match her assigned brigade and perform a two minute introduction at the Convention Center.

Live Love Philly had the opportunity to ask Morrison, who is performing with the Shooting Stars brigade, a few questions about this revolutionary addition to the parade.

Live Love Philly (LLP): What positive message is being sent by drag culture being included in this year’s Mummers Day Parade?

Morrison: Drag has always been included in the Mummers tradition; however, once women were allowed to participate, drag was no longer a necessity. What’s amazing about this event is that the Mummers are allowing us to form the first “drag brigade”, and to be a regular part of such a mainstream, city wide and televised event. It’s like telling the nation, “Hey, look at our gays!”

LLP: What is special about the ten queens chosen by you to be included?

M: The ten girls I picked were chosen for their professionalism and talents. Each one was specifically matched to the theme of their brigade. They are all amazing at what they do and I give them my full confidence that they are gonna knock this out of the park on New Year’s Day.

LLP: What are you most looking forward to at this year’s parade?

M: I’m looking forward to presenting my drag mafia to the masses. There are literally thousands of people at the convention center ready to cheer on the brigades.  First marching down Broad Street with the String Bands in front of the entire city and visiting spectators, then performing for the masses at the Convention Center, it’s like the city is saying, “Thanks for doing what you do and doing it with us.” That beats Ru Paul’s Drag Race on any day.

The queens joining Brittany Lynn are listed below along the name of their brigade. They are:

Crystal T. Electra – Downtowners

Alexis Cartier – Saturnalian

Mrs. P. – South Philly Vikings

Porcelain – Jokers

Navaya Shay – Golden Crown

Bridget Jones – Clevemore

Cherry Pop – Avenuers

Stella D’Oro – 2nd Street Shooters

Mary D’ Knight – Satin Slippers

After this bevy of beauties are warmly welcomed by all, expect loads of charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent at this years historical Mummers Day Parade.

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New Philadelphia Homes For Sale – 12.10.12 (Bella Vista, Passyunk Square, Queen Village, Washington Square)

Here below are all new Philadelphia homes for sale updated to the MLS for the past seven days. Zip codes focused on are 19106, 19107, 19147, and 19148.        
       
(source: TREND MLS; Courtesy of Larry Levin)       
       
If you have any questions or comments about the information listed below, please feel free to call Larry Levin at 267.808.6565.

           Address      Price      Beds      Baths      Zip
Bella Vista
606 S Clifton St. $250,000 3 1 19147
611 Catharine St. A $849,000 3 3.1 19147
616 Christian St. $469,900 3 2.1 19147
810 Fitzwater St. $500,000 4 2.1 19147
836 South St. $379,000 1 2 19147
710 Tasker St. $189,900 3 1.5 19148
East Passyunk
819 Watkins St. $199,000 2 1.1 19148
629 Moore St. $209,000 4 2 19148
1116 Mifflin St. $249,000 4 2 19148
Old City
101-11 Arch St. 2I $289,900 1 1.1 19106
146 Vine St. $540,000 3 3 19106
Passyunk Square
1118 Ellsworth St. $349,900 3 1.1 19147
1220 Mifflin St. $210,000 3 2 19148
1616 S 12th St. $289,500 3 1.1 19148
1819 S Camac St. $249,000 2 1 19148
929 Dickinson St. $445,000 4 2 19147
Pennsport
137 Daly St. $289,000 3 2 19148
143 Sigel St. $189,000 2 1 19148
223 Watkins St. $189,900 2 1 19148
411 Manton St. $385,000 4 2.1 19147
1312 S 2nd St. $435,000 3 2.1 19147
Queen Village
240 Monroe St. 4 $185,000 1 1 19147
Society Hill
419 Spruce St. C $325,000 1 1 19106
Washington Square West
1215 Spruce St. 202 $239,900 1 1 19107
Washington Square
604 S Washington Sq. 213 $185,000 0 1 19106

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Philadelphia Just Sold Homes – 12.20.12 (Bella Vista, East Passyunk, Society Hill, Washington Square)

Here below are all just sold homes updated to the MLS for the past seven days. Zip codes focused on are 19106, 19107, 19147, and 19148.

(source: TREND MLS; Courtesy of Larry Levin)

If you have any questions or comments about the information listed below, please feel free to call Larry Levin at 267.808.6565.

Address Price Beds Baths Zip
Bella Vista
1016 Bainbridge St $475,000 5 2 19147
1222 Catharine St $450,000 3 2.1 19147
1307 Kater St $655,000 3 2.2 19147
Hawthorne
739C S 13th St $285,000 3 2.1 19147
1009 S 13th St $299,000 3 2.1 19147
Italian Market        
1222 Ellsworth St $421,000 4 2 19147
1224 S 6th St $341,500 4 2 19147
816 S Delhi St $283,000 2 1 19147
Old City
201-59 N 8th St 205 $192,500 1 1 19106
234-38 N 3rd St 305 $182,000 1 1 19106
Passyunk Square
1201 Latona St H $425,000 3 2.1 19147
1201 Latona St I $425,000 3 2 19147
Pennsport
149 Gladstone St $180,000 3 1.1 19148
Society Hill
121-35 Walnut St 207 $275,000 1 1 19106
210 W Washington Sq PH-NE $2,537,500 3 3.1 19106
306 S 2nd St $850,000 5 3.1 19106
812 Lombard St 15 $640,000 3 2.1 19147
Washington Square
1101 Locust St 11A $3,600,000 4 4.1 19107
Washington Square West
1027 Lombard St $395,000 3 2 19147
1029-33 Spruce St 309 $255,000 2 1 19107
1111 Locust St 9I $600,000 2 2 19107
321-23 S 11th St $1,935,000 7 7 19107
709 Bradford Aly $394,000 3 2 19147
1326-42 Spruce St 2601 $420,000 2 2 19107

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