Growth and consequences

We missed covering a number of stories while we were on hiatus.  Here’s the first of several news round-ups in which we play catch-up.

The population of Philadelphia neighborhoods east of Broad Street have grown at a faster pace than neighborhoods west of Broad, including in South Philly, reports Curbed Philadelphia. South Philly’s 19146 zip code (generally Broad to the Schuylkill, Lombard to Tasker) increased by 9.8% from 2000 to 2017.  The 19147 zip code (generally Broad to the Delaware River, Lombard to Tasker) increased by 20.6% during that same period. Each zip code boasts around 40,000 people, with 39,917 in 19146 and 40,490 in 19147.  

Chart courtesy of JLL Philadelphia via Curbed Philly.


Some of the population growth west of Broad Street has resulted in the displacement of long-term residents. Point Breeze needs “development without replacement,” writes Claudia Sherrod, a Point Breeze resident and South Philadelphia H.O.M.E.S., Inc. director, in an op ed on  “Over the past decade, Philadelphia has lost a fifth of its housing units that rent to low-income families. I understand real estate is a business but I believe there is a way to conduct business while respecting people of this community.”

And speaking of growth, over in Pennsport there’s Southwark on Reed. The 95-townhouse project built on the site of the former Mt. Sinai Hospital is “…rapidly approaching the finish line,” reports Naked Philly and “the development is completely sold out.”  Demolition at the hospital began in February of 2016.

5 thoughts on “Growth and consequences

  • April 24, 2018 at 8:43 am

    Clauidia’s last name is Sherrod. Zelda Simpkins is also a member of SPHINC.

    • April 25, 2018 at 12:23 am

      Thank you, we’ll fix that. We took it from the post.

  • April 24, 2018 at 9:01 am

    Are there growth #’s available for 19148 and 19145?

    • April 25, 2018 at 12:25 am

      Great question, we’ll look into that.

  • April 24, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    Where is the proof that were seeing development come in the form of replacement? Many of the developments being built in PB are on vacant lots of land (which until recently had been vast). I’ve lived in this neighborhood now for over 6 years, in 3 separate homes/apts. Any and all neighbors, pre-existing, are thrilled to see their neighborhood and quality of life improved with more attention from: City Services, trash reduction, crime reduction, and all around new friendly neighbors.

    The persistent negativity from Claudia needs to stop.

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