Common Threads in This Year’s Rouse Award Residential Finalists

Even Folsom Powerhouse, the most residential of this year's Rouse Award finalists, incorporates mixed uses in the form of an updated take on the traditional corner store. | Photo: Postgreen Homes

Even Folsom Powerhouse, the most residential of this year’s Rouse Award finalists, incorporates mixed uses in the form of an updated take on the traditional corner store. | Photo: Postgreen Homes

The Urban Land Institute Philadelphia District Council announced the finalists for this year’s Willard G. “Bill” Rouse Awards for Excellence last week, and five of the 14 finalists fall into the residential category, at least in part.

And it’s that “at least in part” part that’s one of the most significant common threads connecting the five projects. The message these projects deliver is one that urbanists, developers and planners have all been hammering home in one way or another for more than a decade now: Single-use is out, multitasking is in. (Toll Brothers, please copy.)

Not even the most residential of the five projects is exclusively residential, and that project has many other features that make it a standout. Read more »

News of Joey Baldino’s Filippo Palizzi Club Literally Broke the Internet

 

On Monday, we let you in on a little secret: Zeppoli’s Joey Baldino is making his return to the Philadelphia dining scene in a rather unorthodox fashion.

You see, Baldino is the third-generation owner and president of Filippo Palizzi Club, a 30-seat private Italian social club tucked away inside a South Philly row home near 12th and Reed Streets. Instead of keeping its club members to close friends and family (the way it’s worked for the past 98 years), he’s opted to, instead, turn it into a members-only restaurant, open to the anybody willing to pony up the measly, one-time $20 membership fee.

And everyone wanted a piece of the action, so much so that, yesterday, PayPal had to temporarily shut down the membership servicing site.

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Tonight: Spirits & Suds with Santa on East Passyunk Avenue

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Looking for something to do tonight? Well we’ve got the perfect thing, because starting at 5:30 Jim Beam, Pinnacle and Yelp are hosting a Santa-themed bar crawl on East Passyunk Avenue. A $5 ticket includes a Santa or elf hat, the opportunity to drink $4 holiday cocktails featuring Jim Beam and Pinnacle, $3 craft beers, and to eat bar snacks for $5 or less–all with a crowd of other like-minded strangers who want to dress up in funny hats and drink too much on a Wednesday night.

Each purchase comes with a stamp for your Santa’s Sipping Stamp Card with a maximum of two stamps per person per location (thereby forcing you to spread the holiday cheer around). Five stamps gets you a chance to win $275 in gift certificates and other prizes.

Want to know who’s playing along tonight? So glad you asked…

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More Ice Cream News For A Frigid Day

P'unk Burger and Franklin Fountain are collaborating on milkshakes.

P’unk Burger and Franklin Fountain are collaborating on milkshakes.

A couple of days ago, we told you about the grand opening (happening tonight) of the first Weckerley’s Ice Cream storefront in Fishtown. And now (because, apparently, December is just the right time for ice cream news), we’ve got this:

Starting yesterday, East Passyunk’s P’unk Burger started collaborating with Old City’s Franklin Fountain on milkshakes and scoops–making P’unk the only location on the Avenue (and in all of South Philly) to get Franklin Fountain’s ice cream.

So what kind of flavors do they have available on this cold and frosty day?

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Bing Bing Dim Sum Adds Brunch Dishes

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Brunch dishes at Bing Bing Dim Sum

Bing Bing Dim Sum on East Passyunk will be adding brunch items to its menu starting this weekend. Chef Christian Kinsey, who has been with Bing Bing for about six months now after stints at Sbraga and Chifa is rolling out the new dishes.

In addition to the standard menu there will be brunch food and drink specials.

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