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Looking for Green Space in Philly? You may have to look up.

Rooftop gardens have been a hot commodity the last couple years. Especially in Philadelphia where land, green garden space and a backyard can be hard to come by. Looking back, the transformation of the rooftop at The Free Library of Philadelphia’s into a garden space seemed ahead of its time.

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(Photo Source: urbangreens.tumblr.com, 2011)

Today, you will find more single family homes with green garden space on their roof, their deck, heck anywhere some sunlight may touch. Schools in the area have also started to adopt this trend as an educational and environmentally friendly way to teach young students the importance of green space in urban cities. South Philly High School (South Philadelphia) and Andrew Jackson Elementary (Passyunk Square) have jumped on the green train! While South Philly High has been fundraising, they have reached their first goal and continue to push for more feedback and funds. Looking out at a magnificent skyline view, just imagine the transformation this roof will take on.

(Photo Source: passyunkpost.com)

As for Andrew Jackson Elementary, they have already implemented their greenery and plan to celebrate their grand opening of their rooftop garden this Saturday (11/23) from 2-4pm. This rooftop launch will be an activity packed afternoon for the entire family. Offering some of Philly’s most renowned food truck vendors, games, crafts, live music, shopping and raffles. Join in with the Passyunk Square community and help support this beneficial project in helping Philly educate our communities on the importance of green living.

(Photo Source: facebook.com/passyunksquare)

Progress so far: These were posted not too long ago in preparation for this weekend. Keep the dirt coming!

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Green Living on Broad Street

Broad Street has been forever changing and growing. It has been revitalized with the implementation of several theaters, restaurants, schools, hotels, historic sites and more. Each year seems to bring new and bigger projects to Broad Street. A desire to be in center city, close to these attractions has led more young families moving into this area.

Back in 2010, Dranoff Properties completed 777 Broad Street. These luxury apartments brought more than 100 new apartments within minutes walking distance to these Philadelphia attractions. These apartments were known as green living and the first smoke-free apartment dwelling introduced in Philadelphia. Offering retail space on the ground level and a pool on the roof, who would ever want to leave their home dwelling of 777?!

On to the next. Dranoff is bringing you Southstar Lofts.  It will be a six story building that mimics 777 in a sense of commercial space occupying the ground level and garden and roof access. Southstar Lofts will maintain the proposed 2,500 square feet of green space around the property. This space was once occupied by Garden of the Arts and tended to frequently. Vibrant blooms always could be seen peaking through the fences. Well, at least they’re keeping with the ‘green’ theme! 

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They’re work has started and framing has started to reveal the shape Southstar Lofts. We look forward to seeing the progression of this project. Scheduled occupancy of Spring 2014 doesn’t seem so far away.

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