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 »

Republicans Push to Challenge Write-In Win in 197th

Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images

Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images

A special election to fill a seat in the state House of Representatives on Tuesday took a surprising turn: voters in the 197th District in North Philadelphia chose not to elect the sole candidate on the ballot – a Republican – in favor of a write-in candidate who is likely from the Democratic or Green Party.  Read more »

Big Shot in Arm Proposed for North Philly

A view of the proposed North Station District development's first phase. | Rendering: Spagnolo Group Architecture

A view of the proposed North Station District development’s first phase. | Rendering: Spagnolo Group Architecture

A group of New York real estate investors has been working quietly behind the scenes to assemble land for a project that would be truly transformative for North Philadelphia.

As of last Saturday, their project has come out of the shadows.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported March 18th that an investment syndicate led by HFZ Capital Group plans to build two new mixed-use buildings and renovate a third on land it has acquired around North Philadelphia Amtrak station. Read more »

Honeygrow Opens at Temple

Honeygrow kicks off its Temple location with a Temple football giveaway.

Honeygrow kicks off its Temple location with a Temple football giveaway.

Honeygrow, the fast-casual noodle concept from Temple Fox School of Business alum Justin Rosenberg is opening on Temple University’s campus (1601 North Broad Street) on Monday, September 19th at 11 a.m. This is the tenth Honeygrow location to open since the original in 2012.

The first 100 guests to arrive on Monday will be entered to win a special Temple Football Experience with four tickets to the October 1st game versus SMU, a pre-game tour of Lincoln Financial Field and sideline access plus a parking pass.

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Paesano’s Opens at Temple, NoLibs Moves; Menu Expands

paesanos-temple-400Paesano’s Old Style Sandwiches officially says goodbye to its original location at 152 West Girard Avenue as it opens this morning at 148 West Girard Avenue. The new Paesano’s is located at the base of a newly constructed mixed-use building and has seating for more than 20.

In other Paesano’s news, the Temple University location is now open at 2012 North Broad Street. The Temple location will have late-night hours Thursday through Saturday, staying open until 3 a.m.

But the really big news, the Paesano’s at Temple as well as the expanded Northern Liberties location have expanded menus with new sandwiches like:

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Could a North Philly Field Office Help Clinton Win the Election?

A sign at the Hillary Clinton field office: 'Good morning, Madame President -- Hillary's Angels'

A sign at the Hillary Clinton campaign’s field office in North Philadelphia. | Photo by Dan McQuade

If Hillary Clinton does really well in Philadelphia, she’ll win the presidential election.

That was the message delivered by Clinton’s campaign to volunteers and staffers last night at the site of a former Social Security office on Cecil B. Moore Avenue in North Philadelphia. Speaker after speaker—Senate candidate Sharif Street, City Councilman Bill Greenlee, City Council President Darrell Clarke—told those assembled the importance of getting the vote out in November.

“You all are going to vote,” Clarke told assembled staffers. “Bottom line, they’re going to be extremely dependent on us to get the vote out right in this urban area. We’re going to ask you all, big time: Talk to your neighbors. Talk to them young guys on the corner. You talk about you want a job? Donald Trump is not going to give you a job. He might decide he wants to send you back to where he thinks you came from!” Read more »

Honeygrow Coming to Temple’s Campus

Morgan Hall at Broad and Cecil B. Moore | Temple.edu

Morgan Hall will house a Honeygrow at Broad & Cecil B. Moore | Temple.edu

Honeygrow founder Justin Rosenberg, a alumnus of Temple’s Fox School of Business is bringing a Honeygrow to the southeast corner of Broad and Cecil B. Moore on Temple’s campus. The store will be located at the base of Morgan Hall, a residence hall and will have 50 seats.

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Indego to Embrace Fairmount Park This Year

Photo | Indego Facebook

Photo | Indego Facebook

The Indego bike share network turns one this April, and while the folks who run it are pleased with how well it’s done so far, it still has plenty of growing to do. Its expansion plans for the next year will both promote bike riding in Philadelphia’s biggest park and advance its mission of increasing bike ridership in the city’s disadvantaged communities.

Aaron Ritz, complete streets implementation manager in the city’s Office of Transportation and Infrastructure Systems, said that in the year ahead, 24 bike share stations would be added, most of them in neighborhoods bordering East and West Fairmount Park, including Brewerytown, Strawberry Mansion, Parkside, Mantua and Belmont.
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Q&A: Malcolm Kenyatta on Being Openly LGBTQ in Local Politics

Malcolm Kenyatta, 25, is known as "North Philly's Biggest Fan."

Malcolm Kenyatta, 25, is known as “North Philly’s biggest fan.”

How would you best describe your career?
At my core, I’m just a kid from North Philly who refuses to leave. I was born and raised in the neighborhood, went to college here, left for a year or so, and then came back first chance I got. I’m also a believer in the power of words to make change – politically or artistically. My passion in the arts goes back to college, when I founded a performance group, Babel (Temple’s poetry collective). For the past two years I’ve been one of the producers for a play, You Gotta Eat Dirt Before You Die, and used it as a platform to discuss and raise awareness around HIV/AIDS. Politically, at 25 I’m the youngest member of the Liberty City LGBT Democratic Club board of directors, a Point Foundation mentor, was recently elected to the board of directors of Smith Playground and appointed president of the Philadelphia NOW (National Organization for Women) Education Fund, which raises awareness about issues involving women and families. Read more »

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