‘For Sale’ Sign on a Warehouse Near Frankford Avenue

When carpenter Daniel McClellan bought the old warehouse at 4 E. Palmer St. back in 2001, Fishtown was a very different place than it is today. The neighborhood was still working class, and most of the people that lived there had deep roots in the community. Frankford Avenue was a sleepy local corridor, with a mix of vacant lots, old industrial buildings, and established local businesses. Frankford Hall was still a number of years away, ditto just about [...]
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Handsome Building Getting Work Done Near 15th & Girard

Turn back the clock a hundred years, and North Broad Street was one of the ritziest areas in Philadelphia, home to some of the fanciest mansions you've never seen. We say that of course, because many of those amazing buildings were demolished over the subsequent decades, as the shine came off gilded North Broad Street. The architecture in the surrounding neighborhoods generally paled in comparison to the homes on Broad Street, but across many sections of North [...]
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The Cliffs – Coming Soon to 10th & Callowhill

We were traveling across town the other day and spied a sign posted to an old warehouse building at the southwest corner of 10th & Callowhill which indicated that change is coming soon. If you've noticed the two-tone building at this corner before, you probably haven't thought twice about it, due to its blah appearance. The location actually has a pretty interesting history according to Hidden City, having been the site of a circus around the time [...]
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2201 Washington Will Represent Another Step Forward For the Corridor

For as long as we've been writing about real estate on the internet, we've been ringing the bell for Washington Avenue, west of Broad Street. This corridor was traditionally industrial in nature, lined with factories and coal yards and with railroad tracks running down its middle. Times changed though, and people starting objecting to the idea of living next door iron foundries, and so the corridor evolved to its current light industrial state, where building supply companies [...]
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Five Duplexes Should Appear Near 9th & McKean

Compared to neighborhoods like East Kensington or Point Breeze, East Passyunk has seen hardly any new construction during the development boom of the last several years. Sure, there's the occasional project here and there, but outside of one-off renovations, projects in this part of South Philly are the exception rather than the rule. And this phenomenon is explained quite easily. East Passyunk wasn't considered a particularly cool place to live until Passyunk Avenue experienced a [...]
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Skinny Mildred Street Could Trade a Surface Lot For Three Homes

For whatever reason, Bella Vista seems to have more than its share of narrow little streets that are perfect for pedestrians but miserable for cars. We've explored some of these little blocks over the years, drawing your gaze to the hidden 600 block of Kenilworth Street, and showing off projects on Delhi Street, Schell Street, and most recently, on Percy Street. Speaking from personal experience, these blocks are great to live on, specifically because cars tend [...]
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Redevelopment Authority Looking to Unload Some Spare Parts

For as long as we've been blogging about real estate, we've been complaining about the fact that City agencies own thousands of properties, scattered across town. Don't get us wrong- it's well and good for the City to own certain types of properties, like municipal buildings, parks, rec centers, and the like. Our aggravation is instead tied to all the random properties that the City has acquired over the years and the fact that it has [...]
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Home Furnishers Building on Ridge Demoed by PHA

The Philadelphia Housing Authority is now a few years into a massive redevelopment effort in the Sharswood neighborhood which will eventually result in the creation of over a thousand new units of affordable housing. This plan stands on two pillars- the demolition of the Blumberg apartment buildings in the heart of the neighborhood, and the taking of over a thousand other private properties scattered around the neighborhood through eminent domain. At this time, the towers are [...]
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A Bunch of New Homes Have Appeared in Eastern Pennsport

For most of Philadelphia's history, the Delaware River was its central economic engine, serving as the main hub for goods coming into and going out of the city. Piers lined the river, warehouses and other industrial buildings followed, and then residential neighborhoods filled in behind. As the river has become less important to the city's economic well being, we've seen various types of development appear along the waterfront, including shopping centers, residential projects, public space, and of course, a [...]
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Scrapyard Closes on N. American Street, Now What?

We can't claim to remember the state of South Kensington back in the 1970s, but we have to think that the area around 265 W. Berks St. was quite downtrodden, such that a scrapyard appeared on this 3-acre property which had previously been used as a rail depot. While we can't speak to the state of South Kensington from forty years ago, we're intimately familiar with its current situation, booming with development and transforming in ways [...]
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