Maybe Double Check Those Reservations at the Society Hill Sheraton

We're in the middle of a hospitality renaissance in Philadelphia, with several new hotels opening over the last few years and a few more still on the way. Off the cuff, we can remember the openings of Hotel Monaco, the unfortunately designed Home2 Suites, the Aloft Hotel on North Broad, the Cambria Hotel on South Broad, and the Fairfield Inn in the old Parker Hotel, and there have definitely been others. And like we said, there are additional [...]
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Will a Pair of Six-Unit Buildings Replace an Old Brewerytown Garage?

The 1500 block of N. 28th St. presents an interesting microcosm of the rapidly changing state of Brewerytown. The eastern side of the street is a mix of older homes, garages, and a few sizable vacant lots, while the western side of the block offers a mostly intact collection of older homes, many of which possess some wonderful original architectural details. But changes are happening on both sides, with a triplex under construction on the east side [...]
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Wondering About Four Big New Homes on Waterloo Street

A reader reached out to us the other day, having noticed a quartet of new homes on the 1700 block of Waterloo Street. For those unfamiliar with this street, we feel you. It's one of those north-south streets that appears and disappears as you make your way through North Philadelphia, with the 1700 block being the very first block of the street. It runs between Howard and Mascher Streets, and if we may be more general for people that [...]
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Six Homes Will Fill Long Vacant Space on Trenton Avenue

If you've ever driven through Fishtown or East Kensington, it's possible you've found yourself junking up your alignment on the cobblestoned Trenton Avenue. The lack of traditional paving on this street gives a hint about its history, but you'd be forgiven if you didn't know that Trenton Avenue had rail tracks running down its middle once upon a time, terminating at at a rail yard that's now the site of the Kensington High School for [...]
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Demo Notice Appears at Former Auto Garage on Lancaster Avenue

We've been at this for a number of years, and have written thousands of posts about projects all over Philadelphia. With all that content, we sometimes lose track of whether we've previously covered a property or not. It gets especially frustrating when we find out about something happening with a property and feel like we definitely covered it previously, but can't find any old posts on the subject. Makes us feel like we're going a little crazy, [...]
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A Storage Facility Near Broad & Spring Garden?

Last fall, we told you that the surface parking lot at 1314 Spring Garden St. had shut down, to our surprise. This was an unexpected development because the lot was clearly getting quite a bit of use before it ceased operations. Overhead view from when the parking lot was in use We reached out to the company listing the property for sale, and they explained that the business model didn’t work anymore for this parking lot [...]
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Eight New Homes Under Construction on Hutchinson Street, Near Snyder

As the borders of greater Center City continue to expand farther and farther from City Hall, developers are giving consideration to properties they might have ignored until quite recently. For example, just earlier today, we showed you an old warehouse at 31st & Jefferson which was torn down in favor of a condo building that's now under construction. Even five years ago, an industrial building was the correct use at that location, but today that's no longer [...]
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Otto Brewerytown Shaping Up at 31st & Jefferson

At the end of last year, we directed your attention to 1501 N. 31st St., noting that an old and unexciting warehouse building had been demolished. This structure had been used in recent years by a company specializing in the sale of suspension parts for cars, and was last used for food truck sales and rentals. And this sort of thing made perfect sense in this part of Brewerytown, an area crowded with old industrial [...]
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Double-Wide Building Available on Fletcher Street in East Kensington

We were meandering around the River Wards the other day and spied a 'For Sale' sign on a building on Fletcher Street, between Coral and Emerald. We couldn't tell you what the double-wide property at 2010 E. Fletcher St. has been used for over the last few years- perhaps someone has been living on the 2nd floor and parking on the 1st floor. Or maybe nobody has been living there, and the first floor has [...]
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Delorean Time Machine: The Flamingo Apartments

The Apartments @ 1220 building at 1220 N. Broad St. has a history much more interesting than its boring mid-20th century facade. This apartment tower, originally known as the Flamingo Apartments, was both lauded in its early days for being the first interracial residential tower in the city, but also derided for being part of a famous scandal related to the Federal Housing Administration. Section 608 of the National Housing Act, added in 1941, incentivized [...]
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