Philadelphia’s Blooming Roofs Are Booming

 

“Workers are busy installing greenery on the roof of the Philadelphia condo complex near the Art Museum.” | Photo: David Swanson, for The Inquirer

“Workers are busy installing greenery on the roof of the Philadelphia condo complex near the Art Museum.” | Photo: David Swanson, for The Inquirer

  • Following the installation last week of a green roof atop The Philadelphian condos on the Parkway, The Inquirer delves into this burgeoning phenomenon of urban sustainability. According to the Water Department, the number of green roofs has tripled in the last half-decade; there are currently 111, with another 64 ready for installation. Those combined 25 acres offer tangible benefits to the environment, skyline, and market: the reduction of stormwater runoff, lower building maintenance costs (heating and cooling the building, the roof itself), recreational parkland, research opportunities for local universities, and rising property values.
  • The Daily News revisits the corner of 52nd & Market Streets, which eight years ago it had written off as a “death row,” overwhelmed by the din of the Market-Frankford El’s renovation and unnerved by overt drug deals and the violence that follows. Now, more sunlight finds its way through the tracks to the streets below, and additional policing has restored the calm necessary to the promotion of a more cooperative sense of community. “There’s a sense that the area could be on the cusp of generating real momentum, of finally coming back from the dead as so many other distressed neighborhoods have in recent years.”
  • Solo Realty is excited to contribute to tomorrow’s launch of the Indego bike share program. One of the firm’s properties, a warehouse on South Kensington’s North 5th Street that had sat vacant since 1983, has been selected as the headquarters for the nascent Bicycle Transit Systems. Solo worked with “[General Manager Peter] Hoban and Indego every step of the way from obtaining a use variance for light industrial and commercial use, to retrofitting the space to create the ideal hybrid of warehouse and industrial-chic office space.”
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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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  1. Don’t want to go too far mowing the roof, it’s a long ways down! I think that is so neat to put grass on roofs. Thanks for the article.

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