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Percy Street Goes Green: Another Philadelphia First
Another piece of the City of Brotherly Love's stormwater management puzzle has been put into place, this time on the 800 block of Percy Street in South Philadelphia's Bella Vista neighborhood. The city's first porous "green street" replaces traditional impervious asphalt and reduces the amount of polluted runoff entering city sewers by allowing stormwater to infiltrate the surface and be stored in a stone bed until it can be absorbed by the soil. The project was a collaboration between the Philadelphia Water Department and the Philadelphia Streets Department and has the added benefit of keeping homeowners basements dry where in the past, flooding often occurred.