Archive for the ‘Innovation’ Category

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/

 
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

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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 6th, 2015

FYI: Could Infrared Technology Eliminate Our City’s Pothole Problem?

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By: Jarek Cotto

 

Fish can get cancer too? Yes they can. Not only that, but the first case ever was recorded right in a PA river! More here.

 

Philly has tons of street festivals every year. What are the 5 rules you need to follow in order to behave during these times? Read below.

 

How do we emancipate ourselves from police brutality? Here are 10 steps that might help.

 

Hoagie fest is back at Wawa, and they’re spreading joy to all.

 

How could infrared technology vaporize potholes? Find out.

 

Did Philly show the nation the right way to protest? Or, did we meet the same fate like those before us?

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/05/05/fish-cancer-pennsylvania-river/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/05/05/philadelphia-street-festival-etiquette/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/05/04/10-steps-end-police-brutality-slave-patrols/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/05/03/wawa-expansion-hoagie-sub-hero-sandwich/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/04/29/infrared-technology-potholes-philly/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/05/01/philly-is-baltimore-philly-protest/

 
Monday, February 16th, 2015

FYI: The DNC Is Coming To Philly in 2015!

 

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/02/12/dnc-democrats-coming-to-philadelphia-tweets/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/02/12/dnc-democrats-coming-to-philadelphia-tweets/

By: Jarek Cotto

A fire broke out this morning at the Locust Medical Center in West Philly. It was around 4:45 a.m. when the fire started and firefighters came to the scene. With the frigid temperatures this morning, and all the water that was used, the whole medical center was in cased in ice. Check out the amazing pictures by clicking below.

 

New York Times has gotten things wrong about Philly a few times. Read about a few of those times below.

 

The Democratic National Convention is coming to Philadelphia! They even mentioned cheesesteaks in their commercial. How typical.

 

The Army will be detonating the Delaware River this year in a massive dredging project. They are attempting to make the river 45 ft deep instead of 40 so bigger ships can get through.

 

Police arrested the man they believe to be behind the robberies at Ubiq on Walnut Street and the Ultimo coffee shop in Point Breeze. He was arrested in Powelton Village on Tuesday by US marshalls. Bail is set at $250,000.

 

 

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/02/16/amazing-pics-west-philly-fire/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/02/13/new-york-times-gets-wrong-philadelphia/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/02/12/dnc-democrats-coming-to-philadelphia-tweets/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/02/11/u-s-army-will-detonate-delaware-river-year/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/02/11/man-arrested-ubiq-ultimo-coffee-robberies/

 
Monday, February 9th, 2015

FYI: Paid Sick Leave Now Gets Mayors Support.

 

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/02/06/10-reasons-paid-sick-leave-great-business/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/02/06/10-reasons-paid-sick-leave-great-business/

By: Jarek Cotto

This Philly politician wants marijuana sold at state stores. Is it a good idea? Jim Kenney, the newly announced mayoral candidate is the one backing this. It would be a good idea, if weed were to be legalized in PA.

 

A Bucks County Wawa was robbed by a man wielding large kitchen knife. Watch the footage showing the robber purchasing something and paying for it, then while the cash register was open, he took out a large knife and got away with an undisclosed amount of money. police are still searching for the suspect.

 

Paid sick leave is looking like it will be coming to Philly very soon. It sounds like a great idea. Here are 10 reasons why it is great for business too!

 

This Jersey man gets over 60,000 people to sign his petition for Chris Christie to pardon him on a gun charge. More below.

 

Lyft launched on Friday and there has already been an impoundment because of a sting operation. Boy, the PPA sure isn’t letting up.

 

Eleven cars out of a 111-car CSX train carrying crude oil derailed over the weekend. No one was hurt and there was no leaks this time, but will we be so lucky the next time?

 

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/02/08/the-best-thing-that-happened-this-week-jim-kenney-pot-state-stores/ http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/02/06/wawa-robbery-bucks-county-levittown-bristol-knife/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/02/06/10-reasons-paid-sick-leave-great-business/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/02/05/steffon-josey-chris-christie-pardon-petition-gun/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/02/02/lyft-launches-philadelphia-differences-with-uber/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/02/02/philadelphia-crude-oil-bomb-trains/

 
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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Monday, January 26th, 2015

FYI: CHOP Gets $50 Million For New 8-Acre Campus.

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/01/22/perelman-gifts-50-million-chop/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/01/22/perelman-gifts-50-million-chop/

By: Jarek Cotto

Philanthropist Raymond G. Perelman has given the Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia $50 million dollars in order to develop an 8-acre campus for health research and scholarship. The new campus will be a hub of pediatric research.

 

A 17-year-old girl was attacked on the 15 trolley while on her way to school. Reports claim that the girls bag kept hitting a man while they were on the crowded trolley. Apparently the man became enraged and struck the girl 3-4 times in the face. She was left with a black eye and a broken nose, while the man ran off the trolley. Detectives are still investigating this incident.

 

Man robs a Center City bank with a fake bomb. He reportedly went to the Republic Bank on Tuesday evening with a note and a box. The note demanded that the teller hand him the money and explained that he was carrying a bomb. He presented the teller a box of wires who then gave him the money. He is still at large.

 

Will we finally have paid sick days? City Councilman Bill Greenlee says it will with, or without Mayor Nutters vote. Read more here.

 

Seven people were arrested in a massive insurance fraud scheme in Bucks County. Apparently, 6 Ferraris, Two Rolls-Royces, and $1.2 million in jewelry have been seized so far.

 

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/01/22/perelman-gifts-50-million-chop/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/01/22/video-girl-attacked-septa-trolley/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/01/22/center-city-bank-robbed-man-fake-bomb/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/01/22/paid-sick-leave-greenlee-nutter-veto/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/01/23/claire-risoldi-insurance-fraud-doylestown-bucks-county/

 
Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

More Awesomeness is Coming to Fishtown.

By: Jarek Cotto

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/fishtown/foundations-for-awesometown-show-up-on-moyer-street

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/fishtown/foundations-for-awesometown-show-up-on-moyer-street

After years in the works, the New Kensington Community Development Corporation finally joined forces with Postgreen Homes to collaborate on a mixed-housing development known as Awesometown. The site is located on the 400 block of Moyer Street, and the plan is to build 14 townhomes in two phases. The homes will include sustainable elements like solar thermal capacities, improved rainwater collection abilities and they will seek LEED Platinum certification. The first phase of the project will include 8 town homes on the 400 block of Moyer St., followed by Phase 2, which will be six more homes with Thompson Street addresses. Six of the homes have sold to date, including four of the homes marked for affordable housing. Postgreen Homes uses the pre-sale of unbuilt houses to leverage with banks when developing new projects.

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The Awesometown website has a full description of this project. It says that it is,

“A unique collaboration between Postgreen Homes and New Kensington Community Development Corporation (NKCDC). These 14 homes located in the heart of Fishtown boast the latest in modern design and sustainable construction. We are happy to be one of the first projects in the city where a local, sustainable developer has partnered with a non-profit CDC in a collaborative effort to provide eco-friendly housing to its friends and neighbors. Additionally, NKCDC will be providing financial assistance to four income qualified buyers, making it possible for everyone to live in Awesometown.”

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Postgreen is already known for its green projects like the 100K House, and the 2.5 Beta House.  According to OCF Realty, It was Postgreen’s “role to create a team that could take the foundation of a project that was already in place in theory, and design a fitting home and sell it to the bank on paper. For that, they turned to ISA Architects.” They also mention that Phase 2 of this project is sort of dependent on the success of Phase 1. Builders are conducting all necessary site work right now. They are pouring foundations for the 14 homes, sidewalks and driveways. Building is planned to begin this winter, and the first homes should be delivered by the middle of 2015.

 

 
Thursday, January 8th, 2015

New Homes Coming To Laurel Street.

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/new-home-coming-in-northern-liberties-hidden-away

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/new-home-coming-in-northern-liberties-hidden-away

By: Jarek Cotto

New Market Street has seen the rise of quite a few projects recently that are currently being built. Three new homes at the corner of New Market & Laurel just joined the ranks and are currently under construction. The homes have progressed some outside, and it looks like they’ve gotten quite a bit of work done on the inside as well. Each unit will have 3 bedrooms/2.5 bathrooms, four floors, a finished basement, a green roof and parking. Christopher Somers is the listing agent for this property. If you want more information on these properties, you can click here to view the project website.

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/new-home-coming-in-northern-liberties-hidden-away

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/new-home-coming-in-northern-liberties-hidden-away

Last month at a NLNA zoning meeting, the community voted to support plans for a new home at 117 W Laurel St. The project was designed by KJO Architecture, and it was recently approved by the ZBA a few weeks ago. In September 2013, the parcel was last acquired for $95K. It is zoned for industrial use, but it was designed to be a 3-story, single-family residential with a roof deck.

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/new-home-coming-in-northern-liberties-hidden-away

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/new-home-coming-in-northern-liberties-hidden-away

The area is only a couple of blocks away from Front & Poplar, the formerly bare block that was transformed into an entirely residential area in just two years. Since it’s kind of tough to access by car, this block of Laurel Street might seem farther away. Despite that, it’s close to a great outdoor space, Liberty Lands at 3rd & Poplar, and right next to the Piazza. The parcel may be zoned for industry, but like so many similar areas in the neighborhood, it’s going residential.

 
Monday, January 5th, 2015

FYI: Temple’s New Stadium Could Be a Big, Expensive Mistake.

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/01/05/temple-university-stadium-100-million-dollar-bad-idea/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/01/05/temple-university-stadium-100-million-dollar-bad-idea/

 

By: Jarek Cotto

The FCC will make a vote on net neutrality in February. If it is approved, it will turn internet service providers into a public service, and not everyone is for that.

 

Want to know what’s in store for Philly in 2015? Well, check out this list.

 

The body of missing college student Shane Montgomery was found in the Schuylkill River on Saturday. The student went missing on Thanksgiving Eve after leaving Kildare’s Irish Pub around 1:45 a.m. His family made a tearful statement after a dive team recovered their sons remains.

 

An Indonesian man tried to board a plane at Philadelphia International Airport on December 19 carrying two concealed blades under his shirt. He tried to make a connection to another plane heading to Miami, but TSA workers noticed two lumps under his shirt. Upon more investigation, the knives were found inside of an empty highlighter and the other in pen. The Department of Homeland Security has gotten involved and is seeking to take him into custody.

 

Driving is going to get a little more expensive. Tom Corbett enacted Act 89 last year which is the transportation funding law. It will raise the state’s tax on gasoline wholesalers by 9.8 cents per gallon.

 

Temple is trying to build a $100 million stadium, and a lot of people think it is a mistake. Find out more below.

 

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/01/05/fcc-plans-net-neutrality-vote-february/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/01/04/philadelphia-2015-predictions/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/01/03/shane-montgomery-body-schuylkill-river/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/01/02/indonesian-man-plane-philadelphia-homemade-knives/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/01/05/temple-university-stadium-100-million-dollar-bad-idea/