Friday, July 29, 2011

Another supermarket for West Girard Ave?


I guess you can never have too many supermarkets for dense neighborhoods that are growing fast and changing for the better (such as the ones that surround this proposed development).

If you're not familiar with the area, this will be the 3rd new supermarket within the last few years; all within a 2 mile radius. Considering you're right in between Temple University and Fishtown/Northern Liberties, I guess another supermarket could be viable; we'll just have to wait and see.

To learn more about this project, please click here.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Vision for City Ave

If you're from the Philadelphia area, or even if you're not, you are probably familiar with an area us locals like to call "City Ave."

What exactly is City Ave? Well, it's probably one of the most interesting business districts in our area because: 1) It's half city, half suburban, and 2) It provides a good mix of schools, businesses, and commercial properties sandwiched in between two very different neighborhoods; Wynnefield/Overbrook & Bala Cynwyd/Lower Merion.

But why is there such a large focus now on making the "New" City Ave better than the "Old" City Ave? Here are a few reasons why there is so much effort being put into this area today:
  1. 25,000 people work in the area, and 40,000 people live within a 10 minute walk.
  2. There are 2 train stations, 6 bus routes, and highway access points. Plus, it's only 15 minutes from Center City, Philadelphia.
  3. It's home to St. Joseph's University and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
  4. You get skyline views, and have access to shopping, dining, etc.
If those aren't enough reasons to get the businesses/residents in this area to at least think about an upgrade, I don't know what will.

Read on to learn more about what changes may be coming soon (...with a little help from Lower Merion).

Monday, July 25, 2011

What is a bumpout?

It's actually a pretty simple concept. Bumpouts are a smart, inexpensive way (as opposed to installing bigger pipes underground) to deal with Philadelphia's stormwater runoff issues.

Instead of water not being able to penetrate through Philly's streets, and ending up in a sewer drain (which can get obstructed easily with leaves/debris), these bumpouts are designed to easily let water flow through an extension of the sidewalk into a grass, tree, and plant filled catchment. Sounds a little too simple, right?

This is just one part of PWD's plan to green Philly's stormwater system and make our city a cleaner, healthier place to live.

Friday, July 22, 2011

An "Oasis" at Penn

The University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia is not only the largest private employer in the entire city, but it's also the second largest in all of PA. That's pretty impressive for a school.

A few years ago, Penn came out with a plan for both the university and the city called "Penn Connects" (check it out when you have a moment). Penn Park is one such part of that plan to help connect University City to Center City.

The next time you drive on I-76/Schuylkill Expressway (East or West), look to the right (going East) or left (going West) by the new South Street Bridge and you will see Penn's new park; it's pretty awesome.

To see some current pictures and learn more about the project, click here.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Bathrooms = More Waterfront Visitors

This post speaks for itself.

The DRWC (Delaware River Waterfront Corporation) is looking for practical ways to make the waterfront experience in Philadelphia more ... umm ... comfortable. There are public restrooms already on the Delaware River waterfront, but not enough.

This is just another simple way the DRWC is trying to make Philadelphia's newest waterfront project a more enjoyable experience for both the everyday and occasional visitor.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Drexel keeps expanding

Since the unexpected death of Constantine Papadakis, Drexel University has had to cope with some major changes. Not only did they lose a great leader, but the next President was constantly reminded of the big shoes he had to fill.

Enter John Fry.

Since Fry took the helm almost 1 year ago, Drexel continues to pop up frequently in both local and national news for its next plan/strategy. One big goal that was already announced, is that Drexel plans to start expanding east toward Center City.

Here's a good step in that direction.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Philadelphia ranks 5th in "Clean Jobs"

What is a "clean" job?

According to the article, clean jobs are defined as "all jobs that produce goods and services that benefit the environment, and public mass transit benefits the environment by providing a more energy-efficient mode of transportation to work."

Out of the 100 largest metro areas, Philadelphia was ranked 5th; just behind New York, LA, Chicago, and DC.

Not bad.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Green roofs for bus shelters

The green roof pictured above was recently installed on a bus shelter near City Hall in Center City, Philadelphia.

The idea...

Reduce storm water runoff, add more green space to the city, and create another environment for urban wildlife. The city partnered up with Roofmeadow to complete the project; 20 more have already been planned for this year.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Home Prices in Manayunk & Roxborough

As an FYI, I was able to create this simple graph on Zillow to show exactly what home prices have done in Manayunk & Roxborough over the last few years.

As you can see, even though we have been in a housing slowdown, prices have not been affected as drastically as other parts of the country.

If you have any questions about your own home value, drop me a line and I'll help you out.

Manayunk Zillow Home Value Index

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Will Philadelphia get its own transparent real estate website?

This has been an often mentioned, often attempted feat for real estate in the City of Brotherly Love. And yet still, it has not happened in our city. The funny thing is, it sounds almost like a simple thing to do; the creator just needs cash and time.

A Philadelphia website that defines neighborhood boundaries (my website has only identified them, as well as supplied readers with handy links), lists property essentials (price, size, etc.), and provides up-to-date, accurate information to its user base (unlike Craigslist, which is only as accurate as its author). To be honest, it almost sounds too good to be true; not only for buyers, sellers, and renters in Philadelphia, but also for real estate agents.

Feel free to read on and learn more about what may be coming soon.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Exit Condos, Enter Apartments

The title says it all.

Click here to see why new apartment projects are still popping up all over Philadelphia; especially in the strong Center City market.

Happy 4th, everyone!