We've got an interesting development for you in Manayunk... With all of the hubbub about juveniles running amok in the city, Manayunk is getting rid of their 1960's-era Venice Island Rec Center rather than trying to fill it with kids and activities that will keep them off the streets.
But before I point a finger and get all hot under the collar, this article by Amy Z. Quinn for NewsWorks, explains that bigger and better plans are in store for this landmark site. According to the article, within two years we will be looking at "The Big Tank" -- a four million-gallon, underground stormwater basin for the Philadelphia Water Department; the creation of a first-of-its kind performing arts center, and restoration of the athletic courts and play areas."
It is projects like this that make us more and more excited to live and be business owners in Philadelphia. If you have been considering moving to Philadelphia or investing in Philadelphia, contact us for information and resources.
[venice island plan via www.manayunkcanal.org]
3 Bedroom Home for Sale in Roxborough/Manayunk, Philadelphia
This is a fantastic Short Sale opportunity in a fantastic location close to shopping, dining, and Main Street Manayunk.
Welcome to this raised ranch style, stone front home for sale in the Roxborough/Manayunk neighborhood of Philadelphia. As charming inside as is outside.
This property has an attached garage and driveway as well as convenient street parking. There is a walk up to the main level of the house from the side or you can enter by the garage.
The formal side entrance opens to the living room. Living room has vaulted ceilings and the beautiful hardwood floors will be the first thing you notice. This home offers plenty of natural light throughout. Well maintained eat-in kitchen with plenty of cabinets and counter space. Spacious bedrooms are on the same level as the living area and kitchen. The basement is finished, making a large family-room fit for entertaining particularly with direct access to the rear yard, and let's not forget the conveniently located powder room.
This 3 bedroom home for sale in Roxborough/Manayunk shows extremely well and we welcome your visit.
Remax Access, Northern Liberties
We love the look of a few choice antique objects placed in a contemporary setting. At Three Potato Four, a home decor shop that opens tomorrow in Manayunk, you'll find such items along with vintage hardware, prints, signs, and more. The shop, which started out online, is located in an old mill along Shurs Lane, to add to the charm. It will be open on Fridays and Saturdays and by appointment only.
If you're interested in the Shops at Schmidts plan that we mentioned in yesterday's post, then make a point to read Inga Saffron's article in today's Inquirer about the revitalization of Northern Liberties and Bart Blatstein's influence and future plans.
We were most intrigued by the Reader Feedback poll, an insightful question that asks which neighborhood is the most revitalized in Philadelphia. While we see a lot happening in the Northern neighborhoods and in South Philadelphia, there's also no doubt that Manayunk has indeed experienced huge growth. An impressive percentage of voters agreed, but most gave it up for the Northern Liberties makeover. Fishtown and Old City both came in with with a steady stream of votes.
We'll keep our eyes posted on the totals, but who will you vote for? Are there any neighborhoods that you can think of that have barely experienced change and development at all? And which enclaves do you think are primed for some redefinition?
If it's quiet in Fairmount on a Sunday, that's because everyone is at Mugshots Coffeehouse. Med students cramming in one last hour of study, a deejay recovering from Saturday night, we're all here. And there's definitely some volume in the room.
The Fairmount Avenue hub expanded last year to accompany all of the locals that flocked there for lattes and bagels. They pumped up their menu and kept the dessert case full. On this particular afternoon, the one item everyone ahead of me seemed to be ordering was the chocolate peanut butter bombe from Vegan Treats.
But it's not just a cafe, either. Mugshots hosts film nights on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 7 P.M. They work with Equal Exchange to provide fair trade coffee, which you can buy at their shop in a bulk coffee section. Their local food buying club allows residents to pick up fresh farm food at affordable prices.
A second, smaller Mugshots serves Manayunk, just off of Main Street. It, too, has been a successful resource for the community there. Next, owners Jill Fink and Angela Vendetti hope to open a third shop in Brewerytown, at 2831 W. Girard Avenue.
We wish them luck in spreading the joy that is stellar coffee and peanut butter bombe to neighborhoods throughout the Philadelphia area.
21st and Fairmount Avenue
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