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A Beautiful Day in the Jay-borhood...

by: JayinPhiladelphia

Tue Mar 20, 2012 at 09:41:35 AM PDT


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Took some pics yesterday, of what will be my regular walk home from the train.  Well, a bit of a round-about way, since I'm still exploring the place.  I'm in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia, roughly halfway between the Elevated section of the Market-Frankford El / Subway and the Girard Avenue Trolley line (which due to major track work is now running buses instead of streetcars for at least the next two years, bah!).

There's a bus that can take me almost door-to-door to one of the stations as well, but I think when I have to take the train here I'm just gonna be walking to it for the most part, unless it's pouring buckets.  Just like I did back in Jersey, and when I was briefly in Oakland.  And there's no need to check schedules for the MFL, as trains run every 6 minutes or better between about 7 AM and 7 PM, then every 10 - 15 minutes between 7 PM and 7 AM (Nite Owl buses serve the line between about midnight and 5 AM).

And with that, let's go for a walk around my little corner of North Philadelphia!

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JayinPhiladelphia :: A Beautiful Day in the Jay-borhood...
Moved into my new place yesterday, and had to drop the rental van off at the airport in the morning.  Took the SEPTA Airport Line back to Center City from there, and since it was getting hot(!) I just bought my SEPTA System Map from their store on Market Street and ran right back underground to the subway.  Oh, and I had to be back here for the internet guy to hook my place up, too.

Ten minutes after departing Center City, we come to my choice.  Get off at Berks or York-Dauphin?  Either is pretty much the same distance walk to my place, so I chose York-Dauphin yesterday, just to ride the train an extra 60 seconds or so.  :)

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Going down...

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Yo, Adrian!  This building was used for the exterior shots of Mighty Mick's Gym in the Rocky films...

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Off Front Street and moving east, on my way into the Jay-borhood.  Sorry, couldn't resist saying it again.  :)

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Stoops are for sittin'!  :)

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My new coffee shop...

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And we're getting close!

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Many more walks to come soon...

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Wow (4.00 / 2)
almost all pavement. Next to no green. I'd die.

You're made of tougher stuff than I am Jay.

Normal people scare me.... But not as much as I scare them.


Squares and parks... (4.00 / 1)
...are interwoven here and there, they're nice.  :)

Cemeteries, too.  And once the leaves come back, the streets which have them are nice and shady.  Mine has no street trees, unfortunately, but a couple of the neighboring streets do.  This place is pretty much 100% close to my ideal neighborhood, personally.

You'd probably appreciate Greensgrow Farm, which is about 6 blocks north of here!

I really like that there are only a couple small vacant lots here and there on this side of the neighborhood.  Even abandoned homes (of which there are a few around here, unfortunately, which look like they've been boarded up since the Reagan years) are better than urban prairie, especially rowhouses which make for a nice enclosed living room feel on the sidewalk with their continuous street wall.

I like that for a city of its size, particularly one that experienced a long and at times steep decline in its population (although that's reversed now, the 2010 census showed Philadelphia's first population increase since 1950), Philadelphia never went the way of Detroit or St. Louis and tore down vast swaths of the city wholesale, just to let it sit there forever as nothing, cutting neighborhoods off from each other.  Even though Philadelphia lost an entire Portland's worth of people (lost almost 600,000 people from its peak population of 2.1 million) between 1950 and 2000, even in the hardest-hit areas of the city there isn't anything like the desolate stretches of mistakes that too many other cities have sadly made.


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Different people like different habitats that's for sure (4.00 / 2)
You did move to way nicer weather! It's been snowing here off and on all day. :-(

Normal people scare me.... But not as much as I scare them.

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I'd gladly trade youze 20 degrees or so, though! (4.00 / 1)
80 here tomorrow.  Yuck.

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More than 5 inches of snow from Salem south to Eugene. More to come overnight. (4.00 / 1)
Snow in the west hills, but none down where I live. Still, cold and rainy. I could be very happy with some high 60s maybe 70 degree weather about now.

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They say it's going to warm up into the 50s here in a couple days (4.00 / 1)
We'll see if that actually happens.

In the mean time I've got around 3" of snow here. I'm going to let the CSA members who were scheduled to pick up today to wait until tomorrow or they can skip this week and I'll tack the week onto the back end of their terms.

It'll be good tracking conditions though. I went out around 2am to get the mail and noticed pretty good sized tracks crossing the highway and going down my main driveway. It was either a coyote or a neighbor dog who got out.

Normal people scare me.... But not as much as I scare them.


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I will be visiting Greensgrow and we can meet (4.00 / 1)
I have buckets for you and some compost I rented part of my house to a professional landscaper and came home the other day to my veggie garden filled with leaf mulch courtesy of my new roomie so I have extra compost I just came back from Produce Junction which has  locations everywhere They buy from the distribution center slightly "off" veggies. Not organic but I see stuff there I don't see other places like 6 kinds of eggplant or black garlic And they have a garden center with amazing prices like beautiful herb plants 3 for 5.00 I just came with tarragon and oregano.The Philly seed people are on Facebook I think most of them live in West Philly and you can get interesting stuff from them.

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How close are you to Fishtown? (4.00 / 2)
I saw the Irish flag in one of those pics. Is Kensington an Irish neighborhood?

Oh, yeah... (4.00 / 1)
This part of it is very much Irish. ;)

I've been to South Boston and this place would even give that a run for its money on Irishness.  Definitely one of the largest, and last remaining, ethnic Irish neighborhoods in the US.

There aren't really any 'official' borders, but Fishtown is a sub-neighborhood of Kensington and I'd be just a couple blocks inside of it, or a couple blocks outside of it depending on who you ask.  Or depending on how much the leasing agent wants to charge for rent.  Heh.


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