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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King of Jeans Replacement Really Changes Things on East Passyunk

It's been a long and winding road for 1843 E. Passyunk Ave. over the last half dozen years or so, so much so that there's surely a whole contingent of people that don't even remember that King of Jeans and its amazing sign called this address home for many years. The old building was demoed back in 2015, but we first wrote about it during the summer of 2011, when it was listed for sale for [...]
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Mixed-Use Building at 51st & Baltimore Will Take Advantage of Affordable Housing Bonus

The triangular parcel at 5050 Baltimore Ave. has been vacant for as long as we can remember, having fallen into a state of decline along with many other properties along this section of the Baltimore Avenue corridor. But as we've shown you over the last several years, there have been several positive developments on this block, including the renovation of a retail space into the bar-restaurant Booker’s, another rehab that created event space Petit Fete, and the construction of a [...]
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Auto Shop is Gone on Frankford, Mixed-Use Building Coming Soon

Traditionally, whenever someone mentioned Frankford Avenue in Fishtown, they were almost definitely referring to the section of the corridor that starts above Girard. If not, then they were probably thinking of the section of Frankford between I-95 and Girard, home to Barcade and Garage. They almost definitely weren't considering the 900 and 1000 blocks of Frankford, between Delaware Ave. and the highway, which have always been the red headed stepchild of the corridor. But things have changed considerably [...]
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What’s With the Warehouse Under Construction at Randolph & Oxford?

A couple of readers have reached out to us of late, wondering about the ongoing construction at the corner of Randolph & Oxford, in South Kensington. This corner is the rear of an old industrial building, and nobody would have claimed that the building possessed much street presence before the work got started. To be fair, you'll be hard pressed to find many buildings with good looking back sides, but the fact that this building backed up to a [...]
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19-Year Old Homes Demoed on Cambridge Street

Ridge Avenue has experienced an avalanche of new construction over the last handful of years, as developers have bought up vacant or blighted properties and constructed modern mixed-use buildings in their place. As we've documented, these are unusually forward thinking projects, as businesses haven't exactly been rushing to fill those commercial spaces to date. But the developers are hoping that if they build it, the retail will eventually come, and maintaining residential density on the corridor will eventually [...]
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Mixed-Use Building Cancelled on Montrose Street, Four Mansions Coming Instead

A little over two years ago, we told you about plans to convert the First African Baptist Church building at 16th & Christian into a daycare and a couple of ridiculous condo units. That plan also included the conversion of the former rectory into a single family home and the construction of an eight-unit condo building on Montrose Street, in the space that had previously been used as a surface parking lot for the church. As [...]
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Inside the Lobby of the New Comcast Technology Center

We were down at L&I the other day and got what we were looking for much more quickly than expected, and found ourselves with some time to kill in the heart of Center City. We took the opportunity to amble over to the new Comcast Technology Center, which was bustling with activity even through it's not yet completely finished. A reminder, in case you don't recall, this 60-story building is the tallest structure in Philadelphia and [...]
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New Building Filling Long Vacant Lot on 2nd Street, With Demo Across the Street

It wasn't so long ago that Northern Liberties was a hip, edgy neighborhood, slowly emerging from its industrial past. With the construction of the Piazza and an avalanche of additional 'for sale' homes over the last decade plus, the neighborhood has taken a turn for the bougie and lost much of its scrappiness. All the while, 2nd Street has taken shape as a vibrant commercial corridor, offering an increasing number of amenities for neighborhood residents and [...]
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