Valletta Seems Like An Appropriate Replacement for Tiramisu

We've never been to Malta. Couldn't even tell you where it is without the help of Google Maps, much less tell you the name of its capital city. But we live in the age of information and as such, we can find out all of those things with but a few keystrokes. And we can share that info with you! Malta is an island nation located in the Mediterranean Sea, roughly 50 miles south of [...]
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Gloria Casarez Residence Will Create 30 Affordable Rental Units

Almost two years ago, we drew your attention to a surface parking lot on the northeast corner of 8th & Thompson, having heard about a plan to redevelop the parcel with a total of 71 residential units. We weren't sure about the nature of the new development- would it be a market rate project, representing another western push of South Kensington development? Or could we expect something affordable, given the presence of the 9th Street [...]
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An Architectural Potpourri on Master Street in Brewerytown

Almost two years ago, we told you to expect some new construction on the 2900 block of W. Master St., just a few steps away from the Fairmount @ Brewerytown building. Back then, over a stretch of seven properties on either side of Myrtlewood Street, there were five vacant lots and only two structures. Given the pace of development in this part of town, it should come as no shock that things have changed dramatically in [...]
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Grays Ferry Picks Up Some New Foundations and Homes

Walk down just about any block in Point Breeze north of Dickinson Street, and you'll surely see some kind of construction activity, or at the very least, a building that's gone up within the last couple years. As development in Point Breeze continues to hum along and competition for properties escalates, developers are looking more and more at Grays Ferry as an alternative. In Grays Ferry, land remains plentiful and much less expensive, though sale prices [...]
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Sprouts is Open at Broad & Washington

For more years than we can remember, the huge parcel on the northwest corner of Broad & Washington has been sitting vacant, aside from a historic train shed which dated back to the 1870s and was most recently used as a food and produce warehouse. As you're probably well aware, Alterra Property Group purchased this large property a couple years back and has been diligently working on Lincoln Square, a mixed-use project that includes over 300 [...]
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New Windows Going in at Former South Philly Brush Factory

Several readers have reached out to us over the years, wondering about the old brush factory, a group of rough looking industrial buildings at the corner of 12th & Jackson. While the sight of vacant industrial buildings is quite common in other parts of town (looking at you, Kensington), it's definitely not the norm in this part of South Philadelphia. And with bustling Passyunk Avenue just a couple blocks to the north from here, the continued [...]
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After Years of Vacancy, Look For Three Little Homes at 18th & Carpenter

Way back when, we believe there was a drinking establishment of some kind on the northwest corner of 18th & Carpenter. That was before our time though, because we can only remember a time when the one story building at 932 S. 18th St. was sitting blighted and vacant. But you have to agree, this certainly looks like a place that used to be a bar. View back in 2011 In 2011, we brought this [...]
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Delorean Time Machine: Walnut Street Wendy’s

Like a vestige from another time and place, a one-story Wendy’s sits on a skyscraper-zoned plot of land in Center City, on the northwest corner of 11th & Walnut. How in the world did this happen? Believe it or not, the building was not built as a Wendy’s and it wasn't built all that long ago. In 1967, developer Keefler & Kessler Associates acquired a 19th century commercial building that was in use as a 27-unit rooming house, [...]
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Little Apartment Building Popping Up Near Aramingo

We found ourselves in the River Wards around lunchtime the other day, and as is occasionally our wont we stopped over at Fresh Works, a little sandwich shop on Belgrade Street. As we were trying to decide between a hoagie or a salad, we noticed a chain link fence around 2613 Miller St., the property next door. A beer distributor was located here for a long time, but the business has closed and its former [...]
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Checking in on the First Phase of the Hub at 31 Brewerytown

Westrum Development Company was an early believer in the potential of the Brewerytown neighborhood, building out the Brewerytown Square development over an entire city block about a decade and a half ago. Though Westrum owned several other sizable properties in the area, they didn't move forward with any other projects in this area for quite some time, surely due to the housing crash in 2008 and perhaps because there wasn't enough demand for their initial offering. [...]
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