Is Bok Driving a Boom on Surrounding Blocks?

A shuttered school is pretty much always bad news for the community that lives near said school, for reasons that are rather self evident. Unfortunately, we saw this story play out in numerous neighborhoods across Philadelphia, as the School District closed a couple dozen schools back in 2013. Most of the former school buildings have changed hands at this point, leading to a few different outcomes. Some of the school buildings have been torn down, with sizable projects planned [...]
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Will Creative Signage Sell a Home in Brewerytown?

As a creative exercise, let's pretend that you're looking to buy a new home. In this, the age of unlimited information, you have many ways to attack this problem. You can search online, looking for new listings every morning and night. But that sounds exhausting. You can find yourself a realtor and outsource the research (and it just so happens that we know a place to find some very solid real estate professionals). Or you [...]
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Lovely White Brick at 19th & Poplar

The area surrounding the intersection of 19th & Poplar has changed dramatically over the years, with new buildings appearing all over the place. We've seen duplexes replace a church at the southwest corner. We've seen a large tract of vacant land filled up on nearby Ginnodo Street. Developers tore down some blighted buildings just south of the intersection and built a couple dozen new homes. And the 1800 block of Poplar has seen some infill, as [...]
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Garage Gutted on Marston Street, Across From Other Construction

Forgive the obviousness of the following statement, but the vast majority of Philadelphia's housing stock was built in a radically different era than the one we find ourselves living in today. Even for simple row homes, architect often designed elaborate facades, and the individuals building those homes were willing to pay the extra money for those details. So yeah, that was great. On the other side of the coin, many homes were built close to [...]
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Zoning Notice Posted to Long Vacant Building at Point Breeze & Wharton

Historically, Point Breeze Avenue was a hugely important commercial corridor for the neighborhood, with so many types of stores that residents didn't have to go to Center City to do their shopping. Over time though, Point Breeze Avenue experienced a significant decline, consistent with the trend in the rest of the neighborhood. As Point Breeze has seen an unprecedented amount of new construction over the past several years though, the potential of a refreshed commercial corridor has become more and [...]
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Total Renovation For Hagert Playground

A reader reached out to us the other day, wondering about some ongoing construction on the 2000 block of E. Hagert which stretched all the way to E. Boston Street. Thinking that a large residential project was underway, we went to take a look. But we quickly realized that this was not a major residential project, but instead a major renovation effort at the Hagert Playground. In the past Current view Back in 2014, the [...]
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Shmancy Looking Homes Planned For Half the Foxwoods Site

Most people would agree that a large casino would have been a pretty terrible use for the large tract of land on Columbus Blvd. between Reed and Tasker Streets. And thankfully, after years of legal challenges and community pushback, the ill advised Foxwoods project fell through in 2010. The site that would have been Foxwoods has been sitting vacant ever since. Current view Tower Development bought the property back in 2014, and at the time, we wondered [...]
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Homes Under Construction A Block Past Norris Square

As the years have passed, we've increasingly seen development push northward in South Kensington, with Berks Street generally serving as a stopping point. We'd posit that as things continue to change, we'll increasingly see construction push into the Norris Square neighborhood. We didn't realize the extent to which it's already happening, at least on the 2200 block of N. Howard Street. Looking up the 2200 block of N. Howard This block runs from the northeast corner of [...]
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Apartment Building and Public Space Planned For Columbus Boulevard

The eastern side of the Schuylkill River waterfront in Center City is one of the best public spaces in town. On days warmer than today, the Schuylkill River Trail is abuzz with joggers, bikers, walkers, picnickers, and folks that are just looking to spend some time sitting in the grass, staring at the water. It's a bit of a different story along the Delaware River. Pedestrian access is limited by Delaware Ave. and I-95. There are [...]
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Clarity For a Long Awaited Project at 2nd & Girard

For Northern Liberties residents, the large vacant lot just south of 2nd & Girard has surely been a source of frustration for many years. And those that aren't annoyed by the vacant lot have surely at least experienced some aggravation from the blighted building right at the corner. For many people, especially those traveling by car, this intersection is the gateway to Northern Liberties. And not to put too fine a point on it, but nobody likes [...]
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