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 »

Trinity Tuesday: Elbow Room in Pennsport for $315K

113 Titan St., Philadelphia, Pa. | TREND image via BHHS Fox & Roach

113 Titan St., Philadelphia, Pa. | TREND image via BHHS Fox & Roach

Never judge a book by its cover. Never judge a trinity by its exterior, either.

From the moment you enter into this Pennsport trinity, you’ll be taken aback by what you find. The surprisingly spacious main level acts as an open living and dining room, and has brand new wood flooring, shelving, and a front window that brings in just the right amount of natural light.

The contemporary kitchen features trendy blue cabinetry, quartz countertops, and stainless steel appliances. At the back of the kitchen is a door leading out to a yard with a partial deck and a pear tree.

Head up the unwound trinity staircase to the second level, where you will find the first of three bedrooms. Located at the front of the house, it’s the only bedroom on this level – and although it’s not technically dubbed the master bedroom, we assume most homeowners would use it as such. Also on this level is a brand new bathroom with tile flooring, a marble subway tile tub, and modern vanity.

The third level is home to the last two bedrooms. A sliding barn door leads into the front bedroom, which contains a vaulted beadboard panel ceiling, a storage loft, and exposed brick. The back bedroom has all the features of its counterpart, except this one’s storage loft is big enough to be converted into a sleeping area (um, cool!). A full bathroom is located in the hall between both bedrooms.

Located in one of Philadelphia’s quietest riverfront neighborhoods, this trinity is safe, convenient, and close to Queen Village. It has great potential for anyone looking for that perfect starter home, as long as you can tolerate the square footage (or lack thereof). We will say, though, that the modern updates sure do make the most of every inch of this home.

THE FINE PRINT

BEDS: 3

BATHS: 2

SQUARE FEET: 915

SALE PRICE: $315,000

OTHER STUFF: Laundry, new mechanicals, and extra storage space are all located in the basement. There’s an open house for this home on Sunday, February 12th, from noon to 1 p.m.



113 Titan St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 [Mike McCann | BHHS Fox & Roach]

Trinity Tuesday: A Little Something Extra in Pennsport

1105 S. Bodine St., Philadelphia, Pa., 19147 | TREND Images via RE/MAX Access

1105 S. Bodine St., Philadelphia, Pa., 19147 | TREND Images via RE/MAX Access

What a difference 200 or so square feet can make.

That extra floor space turns a standard trinity into a potential show piece with room for more than eating and sleeping.

Take this up-to-date, handsome trinity on a quiet Pennsport street, for instance. Extra space tacked on at the back gives this classic of the genre features you often don’t find in trinities. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: Rested and Refreshed in Queen Village

1023-A E. Moyamensing Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND Images via Houwzer Team

1023-A E. Moyamensing Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND Images via Houwzer Team

We could feature many of the trinities in this weekly feature in our First-Time Finds department as well, as they are usually very reasonably priced. But if we did, we’d soon run out of trinities to feature. So, as usual, we’re offering for your consideration this week a beautifully maintained, up-to-date and surprisingly roomy trinity at a price that should fit almost any budget.

Like most trinities, this home near Queen Village’s border with Pennsport dates to the 19th century. But thanks to a complete rebuild in 1960 plus subsequent remodeling and upgrades, it feels almost like new. The remodeling jobs were sensitively carried out, however, so that much of this home’s original charm shines through. Read more »

Final Two Night Market Locations Announced for 2016

The Food Trust announces its final two destinations for 2016.

The Food Trust announces its final two destinations for 2016.

The Food Trust has just announced the locations for the final two Night Markets of 2016. Both are new locations for Night Market. On Thursday, September 1st, food trucks, other vendors and Chill Moody will descend to “Under 95” at Front and Snyder in Pennsport.

On Thursday, October 6th, the Food Trust will go past I-95 and set up at the Navy Yard. Be sure to mark your calendars now for both dates.

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Breakfast of Champions: The Dutch Reviewed

 

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The Dutch | Photo by Emily Teel

Breakfast is the last great, untouched frontier. Of all the meals available to us (lunch, dinner, supper, elevenses, fourthmeal, midnight snacks, etc.), breakfast is the most pure, the most un-fuck-with-able. No one in his right mind tries to innovate during breakfast. No one tries to dazzle you with technical wizard-powers or supply lines to long-lost fruits and vegetables. Breakfast is toast and jelly. Coffee. Pancakes. Eggs and bacon. Waffles in all their myriad glories. It is, occasionally, oatmeal. Complicated (but comforting) pastries. Half a grapefruit doused in Wild Turkey. Whatever.

I love congee and chilaquiles as much as anyone, but Americans own breakfast the way the French do dinner. We have stolen all the great ideas ever had about breakfast and made them our own. Americans are so good at breakfast that our canon doesn’t extend merely to regional variations, but to social, religious, economic and historic ones as well. The trucker’s breakfast is a thing. The yoga breakfast. The camp breakfast. The Lutheran pancake social or Continental or Southerner’s petit déjeuner. Breakfast knows no bounds save temporal. And brunch? Well, brunch doesn’t even have those rules to adhere to. Brunch laughs at the notion of rules.

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First Look: South Helm

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Cooking is hard.

It’s hard because it takes incredible skill, talent, and tenacity to climb the ladder of the kitchen. It’s hard because it requires long hours in an uncomfortable working environment for not a lot of money. And it’s hard because kitchens are a powder keg of both ambition and stress. But one reason that it’s hard, not as visible as those above, is the fact that cooking the same dishes over and over again is just boring.

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South Helm Is Now Open

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South Helm’s doors are now open

The awaited sequel to Helm officially opened its doors on June 3rd.

Located at 100 Morris Street, South Helm is Michael Griffiths’s and Kevin D’Egidio’s second restaurant. General manager of Helm, Justin Manne, will also be heading up operations at South Helm. The team opened Helm just over a year ago, and they are on a roll.

A preview of their menu posted on Instagram teases at the dishes they will be offering and tops out at $14. Just like Helm, the menu will rotate and change week to week with farm-to-table specials. Griffiths said not to expect anything over $16 on the menu.

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Trinity Tuesday: Up on the Roof in Pennsport

1231 S. 3rd St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND Images via Keller Williams Realty Tri-County

1231 S. 3rd St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND Images via Keller Williams Realty Tri-County

A common conundrum that apparently faced the owners of trinity homes back when they were new was: Okay, where do we put the kitchen? Two standard answers emerged over time: If the trinity had a basement, it got stuck downstairs. If it didn’t, an ell attached to the back did the trick.

Those kitchen ells sometimes morphed into extra space on the upper floors as well, as appears to be the case with this completely renovated trinity in Pennsport. What’s more, some of that extra space is outdoors, on the top floor. Read more »

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