Philadelphia Commuting Patterns Show a Minor Sway in the Balance

Screenshot of a new commuting map from

Screenshot of a new commuting map from

Could we be bike lanes away from turning Philadelphia into a full on bike-to-work city? Over half of Philly commuters still opt to take the car instead of SEPTA or a bike when it comes to going to work, but that’s not to say the balance isn’t swaying even just a little, according to Patrick Kerkstra over at Citified:

Philly is growing less reliant on car commuting, however. The city estimates that total vehicle miles traveled in Philadelphia declined 8.6 percent between 2005 and 2014. SEPTA ridership dipped slightly last year, but it’s still at strong levels compared to the past.

We highly recommend you read his full post (link below), which also takes a look at how the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia is making strides in the biking to work department.

Philadelphia Commuters Are Slowly, Slowly Giving Up Their Cars [Citified]

Report: Partial Roof Collapse Injures Three Inside Center City Lululemon Store

Multiple reports are stating that three people were injured when bricks from an adjacent building crashed through the roof of the Lululemon store at 1527 Walnut Street. According to 6abc, the incident took place around 3:30 p.m. and three women sustained minor injures.

Be Well, our sister site, has more details:

According to the city, everyone has been accounted for. But in response to the partial collapse, it says, “Traffic is temporarily being diverted from the area around 15th and Walnut Streets. Motorists can expect residual delays. Septa bus routes have been impacted as well.”

Report: 3 Hurt in Partial Roof Collapse at Lululemon Center City [Be Well]

On the Market: $1.59 Million-Plus Rittenhouse Condo with Sleek Kitchen

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach - CC 1818 Rittenhouse.

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach – CC 1818 Rittenhouse.

Wouldn’t you like Claude Giroux as a neighbor? This unit at 10 Rittenhouse, the same condo building the Flyers’ captain is said to have been moving into last year, is now on the market.

Noteworthy features specific to this unit are its sleek Poggenpohl-designed kitchen (they make very, very, nice kitchens, we must say), bathrooms made of marble, and a sweet balcony. Meanwhile, building amenities include gym, pool, garage parking with valet service, as well as 24-hour concierge and doorman services.

Further details and listing info below!

There’s a Cool Time-Juggling Sculpture Outside of PAFA Right Now

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts building (yes, that iconic Frank Furness designed structure on North Broad) now has a head-turning addition: a 16-foot sculpture called “Young Punch Juggling” by artist Robert Taplin.

According to NewsWorks‘ Peter Crimmins, the installation is “the second in an ongoing series of temporary sculptures” that will be situated on the iconic building’s façade. PAFA’s museum director says the sculpture, which shows Punch juggling objects from different time periods, was designed with the building in mind. From NewsWorks:

[Harry] Philbrick asked Talpin to create a sculpture that responds to the building. Famed architect Frank Furness designed it in 1875 as his own contemporary response to traditional: he made a steel-trussed building with a classic Gothic Revival façade, including a sculpture platform over the front door – a plinth.

Here’s a look at the sculpture going up…

Estate With Must-See Private Backyard Hits the Market in Historic French Village

Photos by TREND via BHHS Fox & Roach

Photos by TREND via BHHS Fox & Roach–Chestnut Hill

Let’s head out to West Mount Airy to check in on a newly listed estate in the historic French Village development. Architect Robert McGoodwin teamed up to developer Dr. George Woodward back in the 1920’s to create an enclave of houses in the upper northwest, a burgeoning commuter section that was becoming increasingly wealthy due to the construction of new rail stations. Not familiar with this section of the city, check out this amazing “tour” of the homes and a background on the development.

Homes like the ones found in French Village were built in order to cater to this new influx of wealth and, man, they did not disappoint. 7305 Emlen Street rests on one acre of tree-lined land, native trees being a key element of the Wissahickon Style, and fine architectural details are found throughout–most notably the home’s four fireplaces and wrought iron staircase.
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See 60 Years of Urban Change in Philadelphia With a Swipe of the Finger

Image via University of Oklahoma’s Institute for Quality Communities

Image via University of Oklahoma’s Institute for Quality Communities | Click here for the slider.

This is almost too much fun. The Institute for Quality Communities at the University of Oklahoma just did you a solid today: they overlapped two photos of Center City Philadelphia, one from 1965 and another from 2014 and added a simple slider to let you see just how much the core of this city has changed over the last 60 years–it’s incredible.

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Trinity Tuesday: The Tiniest Trinity Yet?

TREND photos via Coldwell Banker Preferred.

TREND photos via Coldwell Banker Preferred.

There’s been a lot of trinities covered on Property (check out our favorites from last year), so pardon us if we’re wrong when we say we don’t recall seeing one with a square footage below the 600 mark…until now.

The fifth unit in this collection of Queen Village trinities, the home was completely renovated in 2013 and enjoys a gated entrance that opens into a courtyard. Inside, the home’s first level is comprised solely of a hardwood floored living room. The kitchen, boasting new appliances, ceramic tile floor, and both upper and lower wood cabinets, is in the lower level with the laundry area.

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Morning Headlines: Building That Houses Spruce Food Market Has Been Sold

There's a parking garage just above that beautiful sign. | Photo: James Jennings

There’s a parking garage just above that beautiful sign. | Photo: James Jennings

Want to know the going rate for a 175-vehicle parking garage that also houses one of the most recognizable signs in Center City? Apparently, it’s “roughly $7.2M,” according to a report in the Philadelphia Business Journal.

An affiliate of Post Bros. purchased the building from CLL Towne Inc. and will be used to supplement the adaptive reuse project at 260 S. Broad St. That project will see the Atlantic Building transformed into a high-end residential building with ground floor retail and, let’s not forget, beautiful designs from starchitecture firm Rafael Viñoly Architects.

As for the sale of Spruce Food Market space and above garage, there’s a interesting note at the bottom of the article:

The structure does have air rights that would allow it to be expanded by about 50,000 square feet but that’s “just an added bonus,” [developer Matt Pestronk of Post Bros.] said and not the long-term play.

Center City parking garage where Spruce Foods is located sells for $7.2M [Philadelphia Business Journal]

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This Million Dollar Condo in Old City Is All About That Space

Photos by TREND via Redfin/BHHS Fox & Roach Center City–Walnut

Let’s face, when you’re looking for a million dollar condo in Center City, channel your inner real estate Meghan Trainor: It’s all about that space (’bout that space–sorry).

Enter this condo on N3rd St. in Old City. The open floor plan flows wonderfully throughout the home and makes the nearly 3,000 square-foot space look even larger. Natural light streams through the five historically restored windows in the living room and highlights the gorgeous hardwood floors and exposed brick made more industrial by the torn wall aesthetic. We also have to point out the large metal sliding door that leads to the den–it’s incredible.

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You Have a Say in the Development Changes in Store for South Philly

Photo credit: pwbaker via Flickr.

Photo credit: pwbaker via Flickr.

Think Philadelphia’s South District (i.e., Grays Ferry, East Passyunk, Point Breeze, Pennsport, and Whitman) has a dearth in parks? How can the population boom be handled better? And for the love of William Penn, what’s up with Snyder Station?

Whatever your issues with the area, these weak points (as well as its positive features) will be discussed in greater detail at the next Philadelphia2035 planning meeting on February 9th.

According to Taylor Farnsworth at the Passyunk Post, Phila2035’s first South District meeting took place in December, an assembly that found locals voicing the following pros and cons…

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