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Updated East Passyunk home is just right, asks $329K
Not too big, not too small
A home in East Passyunk has just come to the market after undergoing a renovation that restored the homeâ€™s brick facade and original paint colors. Itâ€™s a classic South Philly rowhome that looks and feels just right.
The home at 524 McKean Street stands out from the rest of the rowhomes on the street with its new bright red front door. Behind the restored facade is a small foyer that opens up to the living room with a brick accent wall. The floor plan here is typical of a South Philly rowhome, with the living room followed by the dining area and kitchen.
The kitchen underwent a big transformation and now has Shaker cabinets, new appliances, a subway tile backsplash, and open shelving. The two and a half bathrooms have been updated, too.
The 1,444-square-foot home also features three bedrooms, including a master and two smaller rooms. Feel tight? Thereâ€™s also a finished basement and a back patio with space to do some urban gardening.
The asking price is $329,000, and thereâ€™s an open house on Sunday, September 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. if you care to peruse the premises in person.
- 524 McKean Street [Michael Pascarella, Keller Williams Realty Center City]
Fri, 22 Sep 2017
Philly bus, subway, and trolley routes to take to get to know the city
These rides offer history, views, and art all along the way
As the fifth most walkable city in the U.S., thereâ€™s perhaps no better way to explore Philadelphia than by foot. But Philly is a big place with a lot to see, so if you really want to cover some ground (without getting stuck on the Schuylkill in a car), your best bet is to see the city by bus, trolley, or subway.
The hard part is deciding which route among SEPTAâ€™s hundreds to take. Even SEPTAâ€™s general manager Jeffrey D. Knueppel couldnâ€™t pinpoint just one. When Curbed Philly asked him to choose, he responded diplomatically, â€œI have no favorite mode, I love traveling on all of them.â€
But other SEPTA employees did weigh in, and weâ€™ve compiled some of their top picks mixed in with other notable rides here that really get to know Philly. From the Market-Frankford Line to the only trolley ride in a historic street car, these routes offer history, views, and art all along the way.
Broad Street Line to AT&T Station (preferably to a game)
Letâ€™s start with one of the easiest rides that exists: The 10-mile-long Broad Street Line. It runs from Fern Rock Transportation Center on North Broad down 22 stops to AT&T Station in South Philly. Itâ€™s SEPTAâ€™s second busiest traveled route, after the Market-Frankford Line.
Yes, tailgating is half the fun of going to a game, but the second half is the ride home after with a whole bunch of other Flyers/Sixers/Eagles fans. â€œWin or lose, I always enjoy the camaraderie on the train with the other fans,â€ says Geoffrey Phillips, a business data analyst at SEPTA.
Philly has one of the oldest trolley systems in the country, but route 15 is the only one that still uses historic street cars. These heritage trolley cars are Presidentsâ€™ Conference Committee street cars that date back to the 1930s. SEPTA brought them back into service along Route 15 in 2005.
The vintage trolley cars shuffle along Girard Avenue between Girard and 63rd in West Philly all the way up to Richmond and Westmoreland in Port Richmond, so itâ€™s a great way to explore dozens of Philly neighborhoods from the window of a piece of history, no less.
Any bus route to and from the 33rd and Dauphin Bus Loop
Bus routes 7, 39, and 54 each offer something a little different, but they all travel to and from the 33rd and Dauphin Bus Loop in Strawberry Mansionâ€”thatâ€™s one of main reasons why you should take this route, says Becky Collins, corporate initiatives manager in SEPTAâ€™s Office of Innovation.
â€œThe 33rd and Dauphin Bus Loop is one of my favorite stops in Philadelphia because the loop has significant historic value to the community,â€ Collins says. With a lot of input from the neighborhood, the stop underwent a major redesign in 2013 that restored one of the cityâ€™s last-remaining trolley barns. Thereâ€™s also a striking brick art installation here that features a quote from John Coltrane, who used to live in the neighborhood.
Chestnut Hill West/East line on SEPTA Regional
The SEPTA Regional Rail lines are dotted with historic train stations, some of which double as architectural gems. Youâ€™ll find a lot of them along the Chestnut Hill east and west lines, which you can hop onto from Jefferson Street Station, Suburban Station, 30th Street Station, Temple, or North Philadelphia.
The charming Chestnut Hill is very much located within city limits, but either of these rides will reveal why itâ€™s often referred to as a suburb within Philadelphia.
Market-Frankford Line, West Philly elevated portion
If you havenâ€™t taken the Market-Frankford Line (also called the El) already, then whatâ€™re you waiting for? The 13-mile stretch is the most frequently traveled SEPTA route and runs from 69th Street Station in Upper Darby, through Center City, up to Frankford Transportation Center.
But if you only ride one portion of the line, make it the elevated stretch in West Philly between 46th Street Station and 69th Street Station. Get a window seat so you can check out the iconic Love Letter murals painted onto West Philly rooftops and walls. The 50 colorful murals are love messages to anyone and everyone and are best viewed from this route.
Bus routes 23 and 45
We saved the best (and longest) for last. Most of Philly knows the 23 as the cityâ€™s busiest surface route and third busiest SEPTA route in general. For many years, it ran 13.8 miles between Chestnut Hill and South Philly.
It was such an iconic and telling ride of Phillyâ€™s urban fabric and history that students at Temple often had to ride the full length for a class assignment. But in 2015, SEPTA decide to separate the route into two: Now, 23 runs from Chestnut Hill to 12th and Walnut, while the 45 picks up at 12th and Noble to Broad and Oregon.
Despite the break in the route, weâ€™d argue that itâ€™s still worth making the trip to really get a lay of the land in Philly. If it helps, the transfer fee to jump between the 23 and 45 buses is free.
Have another favorite route that you think is worth the ride? Please share in the comments!
Fri, 22 Sep 2017
The past, present, and future of the Fairmount Park Trolley
Plus: Watch a rare video of the old trolley moving through the park
At this past summerâ€™s pop-up Oval in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, one of the many soaring printed screens that adorned Eakins Oval featured an image of an ornate, brick bridge and tunnel, surrounded by lush foliage. It was a compelling image, meant to highlight one of the many little-known pieces of history hiding in Fairmount Park.
If you tend to frequent West Fairmount Parkâ€™s many mountain biking trails, chances are youâ€™ve stumbled upon this tunnel, which is a short walk from the historic Chamounix Hostel. But back in its hey day, the impressive engineering work of a art was just one of the many passages part of the Fairmount Park Trolley.
An affordable, fun way to explore the park
Few Philadelphians know that from 1896 to 1946, Philly used to be home to the Fairmount Park Trolley, one of the few passenger trolleys in the world that ran solely through a city park. Passengers could board at 33rd and Dauphin streets, and the open-air trolley would make 16 stops within Strawberry Mansion and West Fairmount Park, bringing residents to the parkâ€™s Woodside amusement park and recreational areas.
As evidenced by this silent video, the Fairmount Park Trolley offered a scenic ride through the park. The natural landscape was only enhanced by the 20 impressive bridges and tunnel structures built specifically for the trolley line, like delicately arched Chamounix Tunnel (or what Hidden City Philadelphia refers to today as the â€œprettiest bridge to nowhere.â€).
The trolleyâ€™s demise
As the story goes, the advent of the automobile killed the need for the Fairmount Park Trolley, and it shut down service in September 1946. The parkâ€™s trails suffered years of neglect and went unmaintained in the post-World War II era, leaving the trolleyâ€™s 10 miles of trails to go unused and inaccessible. The trolleyâ€™s end also played a role in the closure of Woodside Amusement Park, which was a main stop along the rail.
The trolley equipment was ultimately auctioned off, but the bridges and tunnels were left standing throughout West Fairmount Park.
The Trolley Trail
It wasnâ€™t until mountain biking became a popular activity here in the late 1990s and early 2000s that people began to explore and reconsider the abandoned trolley line. As cyclists traversed through the park, they created user-created trails, some of which happened to travel along portions of the trolleyâ€™s original route.
This is about the time that the Parks and Recreation Department and Fairmount Park Conservancy stepped in and began mapping these user-created trails. With the help of PennPraxis, the groups established a master plan in 2014, with the goal of enhancing the park experience for visitors and making its sites more accessible.
The Trolley Trail was one of the projects that came out of the master plan. In efforts to better connect locals with the parkâ€™s trail systems, the Trolley Trail will ultimately be a nearly five-mile loop that will follow portions of the original Fairmount Park Trolley route, taking cyclists, hikers, and runners past, through, and over old tunnel structures and bridge spans.
The first half-mile of the trail is already complete (you can find a map of it here) and work on the second phase of the project is underway. According to the Fairmount Park Conservancy, it will add on an additional 3,400 feet of trail â€œfrom the â€˜elbowâ€™ where the Belmont cross country trail (aka Fire Road) makes a 90-degree turn to the former trolley tunnel under Greenland Drive.â€
Keep an eye out for these changes on your next adventure through the park. You might even have the pleasure of stumbling across one of these impressive pieces of transportation history yourself.
Fri, 22 Sep 2017
Open thread: What transportation project would you most like to see built in Philly?
Tell us your transit wish list (however unrealistic!)
Welcome to Friday Open Threads, wherein we'll pass the mic to readers to speak up about topics of interest, distress, horror, and more. This weekâ€™s topic: What transportation project is on your wish list?
For the past week, weâ€™ve covered all angles of transit in Philly and all over the country in honor of Curbedâ€™s first-ever Transportation Week. We highlighted seven major transportation projects underway in Philly. There were talks of how one highway ruined the cityâ€™s waterfront. There were stories told of what itâ€™s like to be a super commuter.
But really, thereâ€™s only so much we can cover in just one week, so on the last day of Transportation Week weâ€™re opening up the mic to you, Philly. We know Philadelphians could wax on and on about drivers, cyclists, parking, and junky sidewalks for longer than it takes to ride the full length of the El.
We want to know what transportation project you would most like to see built in Philly. Are you all aboard for a high-speed rail connection between Philly, New York, and D.C.? A bike lane in your neighborhood? Another subway line between point A and B?
Weâ€™re all ears, and no dream is too big here, so sound off in the comments below!
Fri, 22 Sep 2017
Philly airport ranks 20th out of 21 big airports in passenger satisfaction
Thatâ€™s actually an increase from last year
Among 21 big U.S. airports, the Philadelphia International Airport ranks 20th in terms of passenger satisfaction, according to the latest J.D. Power North America Airport Satisfaction Study.
The airport received 715 out of 1,000 points. The score is a compilation of passengerâ€™s ratings on terminal facilities, airport accessibility, security, and baggage handling.
Among big airports, John Wayne airport in Orange County, California came out on top. Orlando is the top â€œmega airportâ€ in terms of customer satisfaction.
The Philly airportâ€™s score is actually a bump up from the 2016 rating, when it garnered 688 points. The opening of a new-and-improved Terminal F in late October might have helpedâ€”the American Airlines hub underwent a $35 million renovation that improved passenger connections between the terminal and the rest of the airport and expanded the baggage claim area.
Of the report findings, airport spokeswoman Mary Flannery told the Inquirer, â€œWe take customer service very seriously and work hard every day to improve the passenger experience. We will be reviewing the findings to look for ways to continue to improve.â€
In fact, the airport recently agreed this year to $900 million worth of improvements. Up first is the $32.8 million renovation of Terminal B, which is already underway and will bring updates like iPads for ordering food and new restaurants.
But itâ€™s not just the terminals and runways that the airport wants to improve. The 130 acres surrounding the airport will also be redesigned as part of its Image Maker design competition. The airport and Pennsylvania Horticulture Society (PHS) recently announced the competitionâ€™s five finalists, landscape architecture firms that have been tasked with redesigning the terrain with the goal of leaving a better first and last impression on travelers flying in and out of Philly.
Fri, 22 Sep 2017