A Celebration of Resilience in a Changed Neighborhood

Photograph by Darren Burton

The neighborhood surrounding the intersection of Grays Ferry Avenue and South Street has been named and renamed a few times over the years.

Southwest Center City. Naval Square. Schuylkill Square. South of South. Graduate Hospital. (Or, for the hipsters among us, G-Ho or So-So …)

Thanks to development (or gentrification, if you see it that way), the composition of the neighborhood has also changed as the members of the African-American working class who called it home have been replaced by the kind of people who would actually call their neighborhood So-So and mean it as a compliment. Read more »

Philly Ranked Fifth Most Walkable City in U.S. This Year

All of Center City’s neighborhoods, from the Avenue of the Arts on down, are “Walker’s Paradises,” contributing to the city’s continued ranking among the five most walkable cities in the U.S. | Photo by Jeff Fusco

A mere two-tenths of a point dropped Philadelphia from its perch as the nation’s fourth-most-walkable city in this year’s Walk Score rankings of American cities.

Miami traded places with Philadelphia to become the No. 4 most walkable city in the U.S. on this year’s list. But no one should lament this development, for what it means is merely that cities all across America continue to up their walkability game.

A news release from Walk Score parent Redfin noted that once again, all of the 10 most walkable cities had higher Walk Scores than they did last year, and of the top 50, only Omaha saw its Walk Score fall (by a mere 0.3 point). Philadelphia’s Walk Score of 79 was 0.7 points above its showing last year, but Miami posted an even stronger gain of one full point to 79.2, putting it in fourth place and Philly in fifth. Read more »

Modern Tradition in Graduate Hospital for $739K

2409 Christian St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19146 | Photo: Jackie “JD” Dembrowski. All photos via Space & Company; staging for all photos: Kendall Quigley, QA Designs

Its mansard roof may be missing, but on the outside, this newly rebuilt Graduate Hospital townhome harmonizes nicely with its Second Empire neighbors both with its height and its first-floor bay window.

On the inside, though, this home’s a totally contemporary looker that at the same time gives a few nods to its past.

One of those nods is in the living room, which has been opened up to the rest of the main floor. A gas fireplace with a gray stone surround provides a dramatic focal point. Read more »

A Face-Saving Gesture for the Royal Theater

The South Street facade of the planned residential-retail development. | Rendering: JKRP Architects

The South Street facade of the planned residential-retail development. | Renderings: JKRP Architects

We now know what the residential project that will rise behind the front wall of the Royal Theater in the 1600 block of South Street will look like.

That’s because the site’s owner, Sarasota, Fla.-based developer and medical research backer Robert Roskamp is ready to proceed with the project, which hews closely to plans developer Carl Dranoff had been discussing with Universal Companies head Kenny Gamble last summer.

According to a news report on Philly.com today, the project, which will go before Civic Design Review tomorrow (Tuesday, May 2nd), will consist of 57 apartments in a six-story structure to be built behind the South Street theater’s facade plus seven three-story townhouses at the rear of the theater site, fronting on Kater Street. Read more »

What $500K Will Buy You in Graduate Hospital

2148 Kater St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19146 | TREND image via Keller Williams Realty

2148 Kater St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19146 | TREND image via Keller Williams Realty

For anyone looking for land just south of Center City, we say go for it! In fact, we even recommend it, particularly the neighborhood of Graduate Hospital. G-Ho, as many call it, has exploded with new residential and commercial development over the past several years. And although the neighborhood is on the rise, it is still extremely accessible to potential homeowners – especially those of you with a budget of around $500,000.

With a median home value of around $423,400 (and a median listing price of $465,000), your budget is right on the money. Whether you find a property you love or not is up to you, but the options are definitely there if you look hard enough. We’ve even made it easier for you and picked out our top three. Check them out below and feel free to make your own judgement. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: An All-New Trinity in Graduate Hospital for $595K

810 S. 21st St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19146 | TREND images via Zillow

810 S. 21st St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19146 | TREND images via Zillow

Thought the trinity was a house type of the past?

We sure did, until this 21st-century trinity on steroids came to our attention.

Check it out: this home on a corner lot in Graduate Hospital actually meets the ground rules for the classic Philly trinity: one room per floor (bathrooms excluded), stacked one on top of the other.

But it’s definitely a modern home, with the usual modern bells and whistles. In fact, it probably qualifies as what might seem like an oxymoron outside Society Hill: a luxury trinity. Read more »

South Street’s Tio Flores Starts Brunch

Desayunos Tacos kick off brunch at Tio Flores

Desayunos Tacos kick off brunch at Tio Flores

Tio Flores, the Mexican joint from the team behind Hawthornes and Cambridge is kicking off brunch service this weekend.

Served Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the menu offers plenty of huevos and even a Mexican spin around French toast.

And since it isn’t brunch without some booze, Tio Flores is offering the standard Bloody Mary and Bloody Maria, plus a Mexican Chili Hot Cocoa that you can spike with XO Patron.

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Bloktoberfest Returns This Saturday

Bloktoberfest: block party happens this Saturday | Photo via Bloktoberfest

Bloktoberfest: block party happens this Saturday | Photo via Bloktoberfest

Bloktoberfest returns to South Street for the 8th edition of the beer, food, music block party. The blockbuster street festival happens this Saturday, October 15th from noon to 9 p.m. South Street will be closed off from Broad Street to 18th Street for local vendors serving craft beer, local eats and a variety of neighborhood initiatives.

Bloktoberfest is free to attend but all festival-goers will need a beer bracelet and beer tickets. A bracelet is $15 in advance and includes three drink tickets. A bonus beer ticket comes with five drinks for $25 in advance ($30 day of). Get your tickets online now.

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Spotted: Yeeroh Modern Greek Grill on South Street

Yeeroh at 1412 South Street | Photo by Arthur Etchells

Yeeroh at 1412 South Street | Photo by Arthur Etchells

A banner on the side of 1412 South Street promises “Yeeroh: Modern Greek Grill” is coming to the long abandoned building. We reached out to owner Yiannys Degermentzidis who tells us it is too early to comment yet on the business. This, despite the countdown clock on Yeeroh’s website now dropping below 90 days. 

Converting an abandoned building to working restaurant in 90 days seems like a gargantuan task to us, but we’re looking forward to trying Yeeroh, a phonetic take on how to pronounce “gyro,” whenever it opens.

In the meantime, Yeeroh is hosting a snapchat contest where if you take a picture of the banner hanging in front of the storefront and send it to @YEEROH, you can get a voucher for a free sandwich or tray on opening day.

Yeeroh [Foobooz]

Lou Bird’s Has A Happy Hour

Lou Bird's opens at 20th and Lombard | Photo via Lou Bird's

Lou Bird’s–the new restaurant in the old Meritage space, opened by Norris and Debbie Jordan of the Happy Rooster–has been getting some solid, early love from Philadelphia. Which isn’t really all that surprising since it has Natalie Maronski (ex of Volver) in the kitchen and Josh Jenkins (former manager at Dandelion) working the floor.

But now, they’re trying to make their little neighborhood bistro even more neighborhood-y by adding a happy hour.

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