The Fletcher Twins, Not an Obnoxious Pair of Kids From Your Elementary School

For all of the development that Fishtown has seen over the last decade or so, you'd think there wouldn't be any vacant land left to redevelop. But that's not actually the case, and the neighborhood still has plenty of room to grow. Perhaps counterintuitively, the street with the biggest development potential is probably Frankford Avenue, despite that fact that the corridor is already in pretty good shape already. But if you walk up and down Frankford, [...]
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Thanks to GoPuff, Former Finnigan’s Wake is Going Poof

GoPuff is a true Philadelphia success story. For those unfamiliar, this company is essentially an online convenience store, delivering the stuff that you'd typically get from your local Wawa or 7-11 for a mere $1.95 charge. When it started, the company's approach targeting a the niche market of hookah delivery, hence the name. But they quickly pivoted to the broader online convenience store model, and they've since expanded to dozens of cities and raised over $8M [...]
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Food Truck Garage on the Outs on Christian Street

The Graduate Hospital neighborhood has many qualities that make it an attractive place to live, with the most obvious being that it's the neighborhood right next to the Rittenhouse neighborhood. That proximity gets residents easy access to Rittenhouse Square and downtown shopping and restaurants, but without the associated bustle and congestion. We've argued previously that Graduate is largely a bedroom community, and that it would greatly benefit from additional neighborhood retail. Prevailing zoning and a growing tide of NIMBYism [...]
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Demolition at 3rd & Poplar, Significant Project Should Happen Next

We were in Northern Liberties the other day, and noticed some fairly significant demolition activity on the southwest corner of 3rd & Poplar. There had been a couple of old warehouses/garages on this corner, with a collection of pet-friendly businesses occupying said buildings. Pet store Doggie Style, a veterinarian, and the Saved Me adoption services were all here, along with a large dog run in the rear- obviously that's no longer the case. In the past Current view Earlier this year, [...]
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Wide Home On the Way for Narrow Street in Bella Vista

Last year, we directed your attention to the 800 block of Percy Street, an incredibly skinny block in Bella Vista with some hidden but significant storm water management infrastructure. We noted that most of the lots on the block only go back about 30 feet, making for shallow homes with tiny rear yards. This was a fairly common condition in South Philly a hundred years ago, but as far as modern development standards are concerned, those are some [...]
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New Apartment Building Will Cover Mural at 47th & Chestnut

Real estate development has obviously changed dramatically over the last hundred years, though some aspects of the experience remain the same as they ever were. Today, if a developer gets their hands on a sizable parcel, it's common practice to build a bunch of new homes that look exactly the same or at least strongly resemble each other. This was also true in the past, as you can see on various blocks all over the city. While [...]
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500 Block of Brown Street Getting Two Huge New Homes

Until the early 1960s, the blocks between 5th Street, 7th Street, Brown Street, and Poplar Street were traditional Philadelphia blocks, lined with row homes, apartment buildings, and the occasional mixed-use or industrial building. Of course, that's not the case today, thanks to an urban renewal effort from the Redevelopment Authority. The PRA (then the RDA, still) condemned and demoed all of the buildings on these blocks roughly sixty years ago and sold the properties to Liberty Place Inc., a private developer that's not [...]
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Little Leopard Street Has a Couple Projects On Deck

Leopard Street is such an amazing street name. You know you'd feel amazing about yourself if you had a Leopard Street address. Who wouldn't? So it's kind of a shame that Leopard Street only exists for two blocks in the entire city, running north-south between Front Street and Frankford Avenue, starting at Richmond Street and disappearing after Thompson Street. Exactly 47 property owners have the pleasure of a Leopard Street address, and the way we [...]
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Triangle Home Hates Particle Man

Architects, contractors, and developers all agree that it's easiest to build a new building in the shape of a rectangle. Well, a square probably works too, but the key point is that right angles are desirable, angles create a challenge, and rounded corners look cool but they're a real pain during construction. Thankfully, downtown Philadelphia is built on a grid for the most part, and the majority of the buildable lots are shaped like rectangles. But you still [...]
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Delorean Time Machine: 3900 Market Street

Market Street, as the name implies, has served as a commercial corridor in Philadelphia since the days of Billy Penn. Though plenty of residential and institutional uses exist on various blocks of Market Street, commercial or mixed-use are generally the norm. Going west from Front & Market, it takes until 39th Street to find a totally residential use: the 70 garden-apartment style townhomes on the south side of the 3900 block of Market Street. How did these [...]
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