And then there were cars (again). -Insert sad trombone sound here-
Not to hate on the easy convenience automobiles afford us, but the Papal weekend unveiled a whole new paradise to some of those Philadelphians who had yet to see the light (and gave hope to those who knew of its existence all along): open streets for pedestrians, cyclists, and anyone else not inside a hunk of metal to enjoy. It was literally an urbanist utopia, as Citified’s Holly Otterbein observed that wonderful weekend.
Or, as Liz Spikol put it, Philadelphia as a better version of itself. Naturally, we couldn’t pass up evoking those two days in our Photo of the Week!
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TREND images via Space & Company/Zillow
We don’t know if it’s the hangover from Popeadelphia or the driving rain Philly has experienced towards the end of this week, but this pastoral home in Pottstown is making us long for a good old-fashioned frolic through the sun-kissed fields of Chester County. Don’t you agree?
The historic farm estate dates back to the 1780’s, and has managed to really pull off that romantic old world aesthetic that you’re really looking for in a country home. One one hand, there is the gorgeous stone facade, manicured gardens, a fresh-water pond, multiple pastures and beautiful horse barn. On the other, you have new amenities like the master bedroom, which has a wood burning fireplace and Jacuzzi tub, and an expansive eat-in kitchen with custom walnut cabinets.
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In case you missed it, a representative from Chancellor Hotel Associates, the company developing the Little Pete’s Restaurant site, announced to City Council this week that plans to convert the 17th and Chancellor site into a Hudson Hotel have been scrapped.
Instead, a Hyatt Centric is the new flag slated to replace the long-standing diner with a three-story parking garage. Although an email request to Clemens Construction Co. for details on the hotel rebranding were not immediately available, we did spot a response from Little Pete’s on Facebook. Behold:
A call for comment to Little Pete’s Restaurant owner Peter Koutroubas to elaborate on that meeting – and maybe give us a hint as to where he plans to move the diner when the time comes – was not returned as of press time.
Top left, bottom right: Pop-Up Pool Project; center: Wikimedia Commons; top right: Neighborhood Conservation Kit; bottom left: Next Stop: Democracy! The Voting Signage Project
Along with the boom in office and residential construction, Philadelphia has had civic-minded projects blossoming here and there. Just off the top of our head, there’s the Urban Arboreta, the Pop-Up Pool Project, South Philly’s Stoop project, Rail Park, and many more.
But what else do these projects have in common besides bringing neighborhoods together and promoting better quality of live within those communities? Each has received funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation by having been, with the exception of the Rail Park, recipients of the Knight Cities Challenge. (See past winners here.)
Established in the last few years, the Challenge is a competition seeking to find the biggest ideas that will help Knight Communities (yes, Philadelphia is one of them) attract and keep talent, expand economic opportunity, and create a vibrant culture of civic engagement within said area. Its goal, essentially, is to see a city succeed by giving a boost to those projects and ideas looking to find innovative ways of making the aforementioned traits happen in a given community. Now, the Challenge is back in town.
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The Manayunk Bridge will soon connect both sides of the Schuylkill River | Photo: Liz Spikol
The connection of Schuylkill River Trail and Cynwyd Hertiage Trail will soon be complete, as the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia announced that the $4.12 million Manayunk Bridge Trail project will be unveiled at a ribbon cutting scheduled for 11 a.m. on October 30.
So runners, bikers and photographers, you better have your gear ready, because this one looks like it’s going to be a go-to spot for all of your routines.
The ambitious project will transform the iconic Manayunk Bridge, which owner SEPTA closed in 1986 due low ridership of the Ivy Ridge regional rail line, into what amounts to a Northwest Philly Highline-esque park, featuring dedicated running and biking lanes and a central walking/leisure area. Of course, all of these zones will get to experience sweeping views of the Schuylkill River.
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Photos: Southern Land Co.. Tom Crane Photography, James Jennings
3601 Market officially opened on Wednesday night, and man was it an enlightening experience. For one, there’s the fancy new building, which is decked out in 363 units, a boutique hotel-like lobby and a hip amenity level/pool deck.
In addition to the introductory tour, we also found out some interesting information regarding developer Southern Land Company’s other Philly projects, including the highly-anticipated high-rise at 1911 Walnut and a previously unannounced project within the new uCity Square.
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Images courtesy of the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation
It’s official: Pier 68 is now open!
In a ribbon-cutting ceremony that took place Wednesday, October 1st, Mayor Michael Nutter cut the symbolic cord of a newly transformed pier that had at one time functioned as the site of raw sugar warehouse. According to a press release from the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation, the public Pier 68 park allows fishing – with a proper state fishing license, of course – and features an aquatic cut in the pier that gives you a cool view of the water and plant life living underneath.
Situated at the end of Pier 70 Blvd (the exact address is 1751 S. Columbus Blvd.), the Pier 68 park includes a tree canopy, angled lawn, solar light poles, and wave-shaped benches whose design was inspired by the mustaches worn by Philadelphia sailors from the 19th century. Salvaged granite benches from Penn’s Landing are also here and come capped with cumaru slat seats that have specially bored holes to be used as fishing pole anchors.
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Image courtesy of Postgreen Homes
With Philly being home to more than 500 co-working spaces as of last year, we should have figured the next cool iteration of the co-trend would be coming to the city soon enough. As it so happens, Philadelphia City Paper’s Andrew Zaleski reports it has: K’House.
Situated in South Kensington’s Norris Square neighborhood, K’House is a co-housing project by Alex Hillman and the Postgreen Homes team. Zaleski says it will be the city’s “first official co-house,” as the small number of cooperative living communities that currently exist in Philadelphia are not registered with the Cohousing Association of the United States.
So now what’s this whole co-housing thing about? Zeleski explains:
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Papelbon through the years. Photos, from left, Howard Smith, Steve Mitchell, H. Rumph Jr., all USA Today Sports Images
It’s been a wacky summer for former Phillies closer, Jonathan Papelbon. He got his wish once the Phillies traded him to the Washington Nationals in July. He also made out quite handsomely with the sale of his condo at 1706 Rittenhouse–the second-ever resale in the posh building.
Then it all went sour–and quickly. The Nationals fizzled during the back half of the season, ultimately missing the playoffs, and the outspoken Papelbon got into a hefty dugout dust-up with superstar outfielder Bryce Harper. He’s been suspended for the season, leaving his future in Washington D.C. in some doubt.
Which brings us to an interesting bit of news. Daniel J. Sernovitz of the Washington Business Journal reports that Papelbon has purchased this 5-bedroom home in Belle Haven, Virginia for $2.9 million. It’s just south of Alexandria, Virginia and about a 20 minute ride from Nationals Park. Sernovitz says that the Nationals “would still have to pay the pitcher $11 million” should they cut ties with the 34-year-old closer.
Little Pete’s restaurant and the three-story parking garage that sits above it will not become a Hudson Hotel.
Instead, the Inquirer reports, the 17th and Chancellor property is slated to be developed into a ritzy Hyatt Centric, a new Hyatt brand released earlier this year. According to Inky’s Jacob Adelman, Chancellor Hotel Associates project director Carol Horne Penn announced the switch in brands in a written testimony to City Council members today. From the Inquirer:
“When the opportunity surfaced to bring a Hyatt Centric property to Philadelphia, we knew it would be a great fit,” Penn said in an email. “This is an exciting new brand, and we believe visitors and residents will love the Hyatt Centric experience.”
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