News Roundup

Happy New Year! We’re back from a holiday break with a few news stories you should check out if you haven’t already.

Riverview Plaza and Theater are in store for some major changes, as reported by Jacob Aldeman at Some highlights:

  • The theater is set to undergo a $12 million makeover that will include a “4D” experience.
  • 7 to 10 year project, divided into three phases.
  • First two phases will include 260 apartments and 125,000 square feet of retail.
  • Plaza will be rebuilt with buildings lining the sidewalk along Columbus Blvd.
  • Parking will be located within and behind the buildings.
  • First-floor retail including restaurants.
  • Luxury apartments with waterfront views located above the retail.
  • Potential re-use of the historic Engine 46 firehouse at 2nd & Reed Streets.

Changes to recycling rules are in our future. In the meantime, the recycling South Philadelphians put out each week is likely going to the incinerator. That’s according to this report by KYW News which notes: “the city is sending recycling only from parts of the city where there’s little contamination of recyclables, largely the Northeast and Northwest.” The changes are due to an upheaval in the global recycling market. Whatever you do, don’t stop recycling! You can be fined for non-compliance.

The owners of East Passyunk’s newly-opened bookstore, A Novel Idea on Passyunk, were interviewed by Philly Mag’s Clair Sasko. Christina Rosso-Schneider and Alexander Schneider hosted a soft-opening for their shop in December. According to Christina, plans for the new year include “…a book club, classes through Blue Stoop, and an open mic, and I want to start a writing group. We also want to do events with other local businesses, like with yoga studios or a wine and cheese tasting with a local wine bar.” Check out the shop during their new hours.