We Give Up, What’s Happening With Growing Building at 10th & Arch?

A reader reached out to us the other day, wondering about some ongoing construction near the corner of 10th & Arch. We seemed to remember writing about something in this neck of the woods previously, and wouldn't you know it, we have! A couple times, as a matter of fact. The first time we mentioned 932 Arch St. was as an aside, in a 2012 story about a different project across the street. At the [...]
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A Confusing and Dangerous Passyunk Ave. Intersection Has Gotten Safer

As House Stark says from time to time, "winter is coming." And while the thermometer might suggest otherwise this week, snow is probably on the horizon for Philadelphia. When we think of snow and think of urban planning at the same time (hey, it happens), sneckdowns often come to mind. For those unfamiliar, a sneckdown is a term for a snowy neckdown, or more clearly, an narrowing of a street that's caused by snow. When streets become more [...]
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Say Farewell to a Pair of Buildings on West Girard

Look out, Girard Avenue has two new mixed-use buildings on the way. And these buildings are coming at the expense of some solid, if unmemorable old buildings that have housed who knows how many businesses over the years. First, let's consider 2613 and 2615 W. Girard Ave., which are located right in between the five-story Braverman Building and the one-story Dollar Tree. The buildings have most recently been home to a chiropractor and an insurance company, as [...]
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LOVE Park (Mostly) Reopens For Christmas Village

LOVE Park is one of the most prominent public spaces in Philadelphia, surrounded by municipal buildings and serving as a gateway to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Famously, it has been home to Robert Indiana's LOVE sculpture for decades, the site of many tourist photos and countless marriage proposals. It was also a skateboarding destination until Mayor John Street put the brakes on the practice back in 2002. For such an iconic location, the park was getting [...]
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Townhome Project in the Works on Norris, In Lieu of Old Warehouse

2157 E. Norris St. has us rather puzzled, at least in its current state. The property is huge, clocking in at over 22K sqft, and it's marvelously located, mere steps from Frankford Avenue. There's an old industrial building that covers roughly a quarter of the lot which we're fairly certain was converted to a residential use at some point, making for one of the more unusual homes in the neighborhood. Photos from a recent listing [...]
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Proposal in Point Breeze Shows the Challenges of Affordable Housing Today

Affordable housing is on everyone's mind at the moment, with City Council currently debating a bill that will require developers to provide affordable units in certain medium and large sized projects. The thing is, affordable housing is a really difficult nut to crack, and as the fight continues over the aforementioned inclusionary zoning bill, it's clear that different people and groups have different needs, wants, and desires in this arena. A Point Breeze community meeting [...]
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Suraya is Open and It’s Fabulous

Frankford Avenue possesses an embarrassment of riches when it comes to culinary options, running the gamut of cuisines and price points. This is quite the change from, say, a decade ago, when the corridor was rather depressed and featured an embarrassing quantity of vacant lots and crumbling warehouses. The image that follows shows 1528 Frankford Ave. from less than a decade ago, and provides a useful and timely example of what we're talking about. In the [...]
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Let’s Swap an Old Warehouse for 40 Units on Emerald Street

It's quite possible that the old warehouse at 2601 Emerald St. was once a nice enough building, perhaps in its early days as a dye works, and maybe even when it was used by a bottling company through at least the 1960s. As time has passed though, the building has taken on a rough look, with bricked-over windows and cracked stucco, not exactly the kind of building you'd want on your block. Still, the building [...]
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The Dante Theatre, Hiding in Plain Sight on South Broad

We've made no secret about out fondness for old movie theaters. More specifically, we have a deep and unabiding love for buildings that once housed movie theaters but have been repurposed for other uses. It's usually pretty easy to spot an old movie house, with an old marquee as a pretty reliable dead giveaway. The Five Below building on Chestnut Street is a great example of such a building. Kennedy Printing in West Philly was once the Ambassador Theater [...]
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Wellshaus Could Be the Next Big Thing on Delaware Ave.

If you've eaten a burger in a Philadelphia restaurant, there's a decent chance that said burger originated at George L. Wells Meat Company. Wells is a meat, poultry, and seafood purveyor, and they've been doing their thing for over a century. As far as we can tell, they've operated their business out of a large warehouse at 982 N. Delaware Ave. for the duration, but that era will soon come to an end. View of the building [...]
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