Fishtown Says Farewell to Xynatech and Will Say Hey to a New Apartment Building

It wasn't so long ago that an enterprising manufacturer or artisan could easily and inexpensively set up shop in Fishtown, in one of many old industrial buildings scattered around the neighborhood. With the rapid gentrification of the neighborhood and the influx of retail to Frankford Avenue, this area has transitioned into a neighborhood where people want to live and work and hang out, and are willing to pay good money for the privilege. As a result, [...]
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Three Homes Near 23rd & Wharton, On Lots Long Owned By the City

Did you know that a few different agencies associated with the government of the City of Philadelphia own several thousand vacant properties, scattered across the city? The City is set up to own specific types of properties, including government buildings, parks, recreation centers, police stations, and the airport. Things are far less streamlined when it comes to the staggering number of vacant lots the City owns. Remember, when you own property you are responsible for its upkeep, including [...]
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Will We See a New Apartment Building at Belgrade & York?

The stretch of E. York Street between Frankford and Aramingo is a unique animal, different from just about any block we can think of in town. It's extra-wide, and a section of the street had a rail line running down the middle back when this part of town still had a strong industrial presence. Today, the street is a mixed bag. Some blocks are filled with homes with corner commercial, while others still maintain large commercial or even industrial [...]
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Rainbow Row of New Homes on Salmon Street

We really enjoy a good pierogi, and perhaps the best in town are made Czerw's Kielbasy in Port Richmond. This family business has been operating out of a storefront on Tilton Street since the late 1930s, and apparently makes a pretty good kielbasa too. Unfortunately for us, the secret is out about this place and it's not so easy to get pierogi anymore- per their website: DUE TO THE OVERWHELMING DEMAND FOR OUR IN-HOUSE, HANDMADE PIEROGI, WE [...]
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Naked Philly Predicts What’s to Come in 2020

Christmas is over and New Years has come and gone- it's 2020 in Philadelphia! Let's make some predictions for the coming year, shall we? We've been spending a lot of time meditating and thinking prognosticating thoughts, so hopefully we can do better than our middling performance in 2019. Here we go... What do we see? January: A new City Council is inaugurated, and it's the most progressive legislative body in the history of Philadelphia. Even though the Mayor [...]
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Looking Back at Our 2019 Predictions, We Should Bet on Sports More Often

Nostradamus had the right idea, living in the 16th century and making predictions many years into the future. In giving himself that kind of lead time, it afforded him a certain flexibility that we simply don't exactly have when we make annual predictions for happenings in the sports and real estate worlds in Philadelphia. And so Nostradamus is widely regarded as one of the greatest seers in history, if you believe in that sort of thing. [...]
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Duplexes Under Construction on Howard Street, Beyond Cumberland

As Northern Liberties development spilled over to Fishtown and as Fishtown development spilled over to East and South Kensington, the trend is continuing as development is slowly pushing further into North Philadelphia as investors look for the next hot neighborhood. Perhaps Norris Square will be that neighborhood and in the coming years we'll kick ourselves for not getting in there while the going was good. It's also possible that it will remain fringy in terms of development [...]
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Mixed-Use Project Will Fill a Remaining Gap in 2nd Street Corridor

North 2nd Street has come a long way over the last couple decades, transitioning from an industrial artery into a vibrant commercial corridor, one building at a time. Over the years, blighted buildings have been renovated or demolished and numerous lots that sat vacant for quite some time have been replaced by new mixed-use buildings. At this point, only a few properties are still sitting empty or underused on N. 2nd St., and in the coming months, we [...]
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‘Tis the Season For a Miracle on South 13th Street

There are a handful of blocks in Philadelphia that have their own thing that makes them just a bit different from the rest. For many of those blocks, this is the case because of their location- things are just a little different if you live on a street that's across from a school or a park, and we're not just talking about the extra natural light. Along those lines, the folks lucky enough to live on Madison [...]
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Changes Abound on 20th Street Below Wharton

Like so many other blocks in Point Breeze, the 1300 block of S. 20th Street has experienced numerous changes over the last several years. For whatever reason, compared to some of those other blocks, this block of 20th Street just feels like it's undergone a more noticeable change. Maybe it's because it's on a bus route. Maybe it's because our office has sponsored multiple projects on the block. Maybe it's because we work two blocks away. [...]
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