Monday, December 31, 2012

Philadelphia in 2012 ... a look back

Independence Hall, Philadelphia - Courtesy of uwishunu.com

2012 was an exciting year for Philadelphia, but it makes the past year seem even more exciting when uwishunu.com puts it all in a timeline perspective for us.

Enjoy the show!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Happy Holidays, Philadelphia!

Excellent photo courtesy of Uwishunu and GPTMC

I hope everyone is having a great holiday season!

All the best from PhillyUrbanLiving.com.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Bike sharing will be coming to Philadelphia in 2014


I've brought up the subject of bike sharing in the past, but I didn't think I would be re-blogging about the subject again so soon.

Especially, in the context of bike sharing actually becoming a reality.

The plan is to have 650 bikes by 2014, and then up the supply to 1,200 bikes by 2015. The goal is to connect the Center City, University City, and Temple University areas by bike, and see how it performs.

My guess is that since Philadelphia is such a popular and well-recognized bicycling city, a bike share program will do very well here.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

PCPC approves Canal Street North

Rendering of Canal Street North

Back in September, I blogged about an up-and-coming music venue planned for the corner of Frankford and Delaware Avenues in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia.

Click on the link above for more project details/specifications from my past post.

Well, it looks like the well planned, multi-purpose facility may finally get built; provided the developer meets a few more standard requirements and gets neighborhood approval.

The project dubbed Canal Street North, plans to house a concert venue (sponsored by Live Nation), a bowling alley, and a country-themed bar/grill. One really nice aspect of this project is that it seems to appeal to most parties by accommodating those traveling by car (500+ parking spaces), bicycle (60+ bicycle parking spaces), and public transportation (its within walking distance of the Market-Frankford Line).

What's also cool about CSN is that its part of a bigger vision for developer Michael Samschick titled Penn Treaty Village. The vision has already begun to take shape with the redevelopment of two 8-story warehouses into upscale apartments (called Pennthouses at Penn Treaty Village). The goal of Penn Treaty Village is to combine 4 areas of focus: 1) Redevelop vacant land, 2) Combine both rehabbed and newly constructed buildings, 3) Forge connections to the Delaware River Waterfront, and 4) Turn Canal Street into a "Signature Philadelphia Street" (one that would eventually allow for pedestrian access only, which would be pretty sweet).

So although this may seem like just another project, there are larger implications for Fishtown, the Delaware River Waterfront, and the City of Philadelphia.