Archive for the ‘Bikeable Cities’ Category

Monday, August 17th, 2015

FYI: Schuylkill River Trail Named Best Urban Trail in Recent Poll.

 

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/08/11/circuit-trails-philadelphia/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/08/11/circuit-trails-philadelphia/

By: Jarek Cotto

Michael and Kevin Bacon are calling for college students and professionals to enter in the Better Philadelphia Competition. The challenge for this year focuses on designing healthy neighborhoods in the Mantua/Belmont section.

 

The UberX driver that was arrested for raping a passenger in July is also a cab driver! More here.

 

Philadelphia Police have finally solved the mystery of why the Eagles lost Super Bowl XXXIX. See why.

 

Phillies’ Franco gets hit on the wrist. X-rays came back negative, so although his wrist is not broken, he will still be out for an undetermined period of time.

 

A huge number of people used the Schuylkill River Trail last year. It was frequented more than any other trail in the city. It has even been named best urban trail in a USA Today’s reader’s choice poll.

 

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/08/14/better-philadelphia-challenge-bacon-brothers/
http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/08/14/philadelphia-uberx-driver-rape/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/08/13/philly-tom-brady-sketch/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/08/12/phillies-franco-hit-on-wrist-x-rays-negative/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/08/11/circuit-trails-philadelphia/

 

 
Monday, June 8th, 2015

FYI: Made in America Will be Staying Exclusively in Philly This Summer.

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/06/08/made-in-america-festival-staying-home-this-year/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/06/08/made-in-america-festival-staying-home-this-year/

By: Jarek Cotto

The “Made in America” festival will be staying in its city of origin this year. The show scheduled for LA was cancelled, but there are rumors of a second free concert in New York.

Pop up beer gardens are rising all across the city. Should they be required by law to get community input first?

Cop stops robbery in Rising Sun pizzeria from a suspect who was literally firing blanks! More here.

University of Pennsylvania has been added to the “most stressful” list College Magazine has created. See more below.

Since Indego has launched, there has been over 65,000 Philly bike share trips. Read more.

PA state police warn of a mass exodus of its older troopers, but why?

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/06/08/made-in-america-festival-staying-home-this-year/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/06/05/pop-up-beer-garden/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/06/05/rising-sun-pizza-robbery/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/06/05/penn-named-to-most-stressful-list/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/06/04/indego-philly-bike-share/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/06/03/pa-state-police-warn-of-mass-exodous/

 
Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

FYI: New Paving Plans Will Make Philadelphia A Safer Place For Bikers.

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By: Jarek Cotto

Do you love Dunkin’ Donuts coffee? Well, you’re not the only one. Apparently, other people in Philly think that it’s our city’s coffee soulmate. See why here.

The FBI is investigating whether the Amtrak train was hit by a projectile when it was derailed recently.

Sarcone’s Bakery was robbed by a masked thief recently in the Italian Market. More here.

New paving plans are set to be completed this year that will greatly increase pedestrian/biker safety in the city.

Home sales are up, and prices are down in Philadelphia suburbs. Read more about it below.

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/05/17/dunkin-donuts-philadelphia-coffee/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/05/15/amtrak-crash-projectile-septa/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/05/18/sarcones-bakery-italian-market/

http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Paving-Streets-Bikers-Safety-Pedestrians.html

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20150518_Home_sales_up__prices_down_in_Phila__suburbs_in_quarter.html

 

 

 
Friday, May 15th, 2015

Six New Homes Coming To Trenton Avenue.

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/fishtown/trenton-stables-two-thirds-framed

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/fishtown/trenton-stables-two-thirds-framed

By: Jarek Cotto

Trenton Stables is the name of the new six home project being built at the intersection of Blair Street and Trenton Avenue. AGA Developers are the ones behind the construction on this “flatiron-shaped” parcel. These are the same developers that have been building the Frankford Square project for the past few years. The homes are replacing a one-story building that was once a stable back in the day. Ironic isn’t it? We must say that it is a drastic improvement than what was there before.

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/fishtown/trenton-stables-two-thirds-framed

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/fishtown/trenton-stables-two-thirds-framed

Four homes are now framed out and will be finished by June according to the project website. These four homes will have a pretty standard layout, with a garage in the back facing Blair Street. According to the project website, “Home features include black-diamond brick exterior, rear garage, finished basement, gourmet kitchen with stone countertop, 4th floor master suite, roof-top deck, an open floor plan with hardwood flooring throughout. Buyers will be able to customize all finishes!” The remaining homes are still waiting to be framed. These will be much more unusual because the lot narrows to a point.

 

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/fishtown/trenton-stables-two-thirds-framed

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/fishtown/trenton-stables-two-thirds-framed

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http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/fishtown/trenton-stables-two-thirds-framed

Don’t think there is still plenty of time left to purchase one of these townhouses. According to OCF Realty, “Three of the homes are already under agreement but the “corner” home is still available.” Even though it is oddly shaped, it will have 3,300 sqft of interior space along with parking. The homes are pricing fairly high near the 500’s but that should not be an issue to interested parties. Once this project is done, it will bring life back to the area.

 
Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

FYI: How Do We Increase Safety For Bike Riders In Our City?

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/05/11/bike-crashes-philadelphia/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/05/11/bike-crashes-philadelphia/

By: Jarek Cotto

 

The Sixers’ new logos carry a retro-ish vibe with them. The team’s new logo is a modern version of their classic insignia. More here.

 

Drunk man tunnels into an Old City karaoke joint and steals alcoholic beverages. How thirsty was this guy?

 

Philly’s new sick leave law goes into effect on Wednesday. What does this new law entail? Find out here.

 

There were a total of 551 bike accidents in Philly in 2014. Even though that number has dropped drastically over the past few decades, city officials still believe that there are still too many accidents. As a fellow cyclist myself, I agree. Now, the question is, how do they go about making our city safer for bikers?

 

A man shoved a gun up his where? You may not want to know where it ended up, but it’s very entertaining to say the least

 

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/05/12/sixers-unveil-new-logos-with-retro-vibe/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/05/12/drunk-guy-tunnels-old-city-bar/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/05/12/philadelphia-sick-leave-law-starts-wednesday/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/05/11/bike-crashes-philadelphia/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/05/11/gun-smuggled-butt/

 
Thursday, May 7th, 2015

New Homes Are Rising Near Konrad Square Park

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/fishtown/new-homes-under-construction-near-konrad-square-park2

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/fishtown/new-homes-under-construction-near-konrad-square-park2

By: Jarek Cotto

 

Konrad Square Park is a beautiful patch of green space in Fishtown a fair distance away from Girard Avenue. With the temperatures rising and things blooming once again, it’s always a great experience to walk through here during this time of year.

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/fishtown/new-homes-under-construction-near-konrad-square-park2

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/fishtown/new-homes-under-construction-near-konrad-square-park2

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2243 Tulip St. is one of the two projects you see making progress here. It’s a stuccoed three story home that at some point in the last couple of years, got demolished. The project even seemed to stall out. Last year, the front of the property was down to two stories of plywood, but now, you can see a new three story home has been framed out in its place. The developers of this project are the Z Home Group. Although, it hasn’t been listed yet, you can bet that this new construction right on the park should fetch a strong price, and be gone quickly.

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/fishtown/new-homes-under-construction-near-konrad-square-park2

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/fishtown/new-homes-under-construction-near-konrad-square-park2

 

Next is the 2300 block of Tulip St. Here, we see that an old yellow two-story home at 2311 Tulip St. has been taken down. One home is under construction in its place and another one is being built on the adjacent vacant lot. The lots are each only 12.5′ wide, making the homes on the skinny side. Even if that’s the case, this area and nearby East Kensington have proven again and again that even if the homes are skinnier than most, the buyers still seem to come out of thin air.

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/fishtown/new-homes-under-construction-near-konrad-square-park2

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/fishtown/new-homes-under-construction-near-konrad-square-park2

We are excited to see the progress of the construction projects here, and can’t wait until they are finished.

 
Thursday, February 5th, 2015

New Project at 2401 Washington Avenue

by: Karley Cohen

A budding project is coming to fruition at 2401 Washington Avenue.  On January 22, plans were presented to South of South Neighborhood Association (SOSNA) Zoning Committee.  Currently the space is a vacant lot on the corner of 24th and Washington Avenue.  The plan is to build a 5 story building that has 113 units in it.  The first floor would be a commercial space and parking.

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There have been a few other proposals for Washington Avenue, and none of them have made it past the idea phase, but the community seems to be supporting this project.

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Harman Deutsch is the building designer for the 2401 Washington Avenue project who have a fair amount of experience building in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood and is happy to, and willing to work with the community and neighborhood associations to create a positive atmosphere for this project’s creation.

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Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

FYI: Beer Can Now Be Delivered With Your Pizza!

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http://blogs.wickedlocal.com/beernut/files/2013/09/pizza-beer-bff-tshirt.jpg

By: Jarek Cotto

There is a steadily growing gap in funding between Philly’s richest schools and its poorest schools. Read the report below.

 

When Philly Bike Share comes back around they will offer a new safety feature, pedal powered lights. This unique feature will be added to increase safety and to limit the number of accidents during those heavy biking months. More below.

 

Uber was sued by 45 Philadelphia cab companies for operating a taxi service illegally. Uber has been under fire from a number of different sources since its introduction to Pennsylvania earlier this year. Will it bounce back?

 

Two police cruisers heading to the same call collided on Tuesday leading to 6 injuries. The crash happened at 22nd and Montgomery Street.

 

You can now order a 6-pack with your pizza! So many peoples dreams have just come true! Read more.

 

A 3-year-old child was struck by a stray bullet in Greys Ferry. It happened after a confrontation lead to shots being fired. A 40-year-old male was also shot. Both victims are reported to be in stable condition.

 

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2014/12/29/report-gap-widens-rich-poor-pa-schools/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2014/12/26/philly-bike-share-bikes-will-feature-pedal-powered-lights/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2014/12/24/uber-lawsuit-philadelphia-cab-companies/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2014/12/24/6-officers-hurt-north-philly-cop-cruiser-crash/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2014/12/24/can-beer-delivered-pizza/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2014/12/22/three-year-old-child-shot-philadelphia/

 

 
Monday, December 22nd, 2014

FYI: Watch Where You Park Your Bike!

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2014/12/19/philadephia-bike-theft-map/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2014/12/19/philadephia-bike-theft-map/

By: Jarek Cotto

If you are a biker, you may want to take a look at this map of where bikes are stolen most frequently. Most of the thefts occur in Center City and University City.

 

Someone left over $14,000 of jewelry in a car overnight and guess what? It got stolen. Click below to watch the video of the thief in action. The only question I can think of is why would you leave all of that in a car?

 

What do you think Philly wants for Xmas? Find out what’s on the list by clicking the link below.

 

Man was abducted by masked men and beaten. They tried to ransom him off for $10,000. Police found the man in a warehouse in Olney. One man is in custody, and the victim is in critical, but stable condition.

 

The SS United States isn’t going anywhere, for now. The SS United States Conservancy group has entered into a partnership to redevelop the ship for the time being.

 

Police are looking for the man who robbed a Dollar Tree on 15th and Chestnut. The suspect reportedly gave a threatening note to the cashier asking for the money. He then casually strolled out of the store counting the cash. Watch the video below.

 

According to the AMA Journal, men are more idiotic than women. Find out why.

 

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2014/12/19/philadephia-bike-theft-map/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2014/12/17/someone-14500-jewelry-stolen-car-queen-village/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2014/12/21/philadelphia-christmas-list/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2014/12/22/man-abducted-found-beaten-philadelphia/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2014/12/16/ss-united-states-safe-now/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2014/12/16/cops-seek-center-city-dollar-store-robber/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2014/12/22/ama-journal-says-men-idiotic-women/

 

 
Monday, November 17th, 2014

FYI: This Man Wants To Make The “Batsuit” A Reality.

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2014/11/12/batman-batsuit-kickstarter/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2014/11/12/batman-batsuit-kickstarter/

By: Jarek Cotto

Philadelphia’s recycle rate has increased 155% in just 6 years after Mayor Nutter took office. A few things are the cause of this increase like the weekly recyclables collection, the Recyclebank rewards program, single stream collection, and tickets to those who do not recycle.

 

Philly Jesus had a run in with the law when he was arrested at love park for disorderly conduct. He claims that the arresting officer threatened to drive to a secret location and beat him up. He was only arrested for 2 hours and now says that a “famous Philadelphia Lawyer” wants to take his case.

 

Uber Black employees are ratting out UberX drivers because they are stealing all of their customers. The PPA has issued a statement saying that Uber Black drivers can call and report UberX drivers to get them fined and impounded. It has been working too. The PPA has been getting call after call reporting UberX drivers.

 

The Trump Taj Mahal has released their tentative closing date of December 12th. The employee union is fighting a court-ordered cost saving measure that is voiding their health and pension plans. Owners of the resort say that if something doesn’t happen soon, then they will most certainly close its doors.

 

Man stabs McDonalds employee after being told to leave during closing time. The suspect followed the employee to the parking lot where he was stabbed in the back and chased. Police have no suspects in custody.

 

Philadelphia man started a kickstarter to help him create an actual batman suit. He says that he wants it to be actual combat armor. Read more below.

 

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2014/11/17/philadelphia-recycling-improvement/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2014/11/15/philly-jesus-love-park-arrest-philly-cop/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2014/11/14/ppa-uber-uberx-philadelphia-parking-authority/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2014/11/13/trump-taj-mahal-announces-closing-date/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2014/11/13/employee-stabbed-odb-mcdonalds-philadelphia/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2014/11/12/batman-batsuit-kickstarter/