Hidden Braddock Street Picking Up Some New Homes

You'd be forgiven for never having heard of Braddock Street, as it exists for exactly one block on the edge of East Kensington and then comes and goes in Harrowgate before disappearing forever at Glenwood Avenue. Today we look at the one block in East Kensington, which we have incidentally covered relatively recently. You may recall, Streamline is currently building 40 units at 2601 Emerald St., on a parcel that was used by various industrial businesses over [...]
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Economy Restaurant Supply Moves Away… To a Space a Few Blocks to the North

It felt like the end of an era a couple years ago, when we shared the news that the longtime homes of Swift Food Equipment and Economy Restaurant Supply were listed for sale. For decades, 2nd Street in Old City was the place to go to buy restaurant equipment, with Swift and Economy being the lone holdouts after competitors closed their doors over the years. With these businesses looking to sell their buildings, we simply assumed that [...]
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Naked Philly Looks Forward to 2019

The ball has dropped, the fireworks have exploded in the foggy distance, and your hangover is almost definitely gone. You walked into the office today and it's a full house for the first time in weeks. And your co-workers are ready to... get to work? Wow, this feels weird. Yes folks, the holiday season is officially behind us, which means it's time to buckle up and get ready for a wild and crazy 2019. With the new year [...]
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How’d We Do? A Mixed Bag For Our 2018 Predictions

We like to start every year by making a series of predictions about what's to come in Philadelphia real estate, development, and sports. As we're now at the end of 2018, it seems worthwhile to look back and see just how well we were able to predict the future. Please remember, if we were perfect at divination, we'd be living in a much fancier house (when not hanging out at the sports book, that is). Coming [...]
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Drexel’s Calhoun Hall Will Make a Comeback This Fall

As a function of their longevity, colleges and universities in Philadelphia possess a diverse collection of architecture, from the sublime to the subpar. Penn has the Quad and Houston Hall, but it also has Williams Hall and the high rise dorms on the western side of campus. Drexel has its Main Building and Millennium Hall, but also once ranked as the most unsightly campus in America, per US News and World Report. To Drexel's credit, the university [...]
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Triple Addition on Thompson Street in Brewerytown

Brewerytown obviously has a historic connection to industry, as its name strongly suggests. These days, industrial uses are pretty much absent around these parts, but the neighborhood's urban environment serves as a regular reminder of its past. To wit, several large scale projects have appeared within the neighborhood over the last several years on parcels that were used for industrial purposes once upon a time. Without those sizable properties allowing for sizable projects, we believe [...]
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We Put on Our Tourist Hats and Explored the New Flagship Wawa

It wasn't so long ago that it felt like Wawa was abandoning downtown Philadelphia in favor of suburban gas station locations, as several longtime locations were closing down and no new stores were opening. C'mon, let's walk together down memory lane and pour one out for the Wawa at 20th & Locust. And 11th & Arch. Remember 2nd & Christian? How 'bout 17th & Walnut? Fine places, all of them, forever lost but never forgotten. We may be mistaken, but [...]
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3rd Street Warehouse is For Sale, Demolition Seems Likely

Roughly half a year ago, we noticed a City violation poster on an old warehouse at 1139 N. 3rd St., which gave us pause because at first we thought it was a zoning notice. Upon closer examination though, we realized that the poster on the building was not an indication of upcoming development, but instead a public service announcement about violations on the property, a vehicle for shaming the owners of the property into making [...]
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Take a Breath Bella Vista, Your Parking Lot is Back

We've been pretty direct in our complaints about surface parking lots over the years, lamenting that they never represent the highest and best use for a property. To be clear, this isn't just a matter of us spouting urbanist rhetoric, though most urbanists would surely agree that surface parking lots are bad; surface lots are also a loser from a public policy standpoint. Parking lot operators have to pay 22.5% gross tax on parking revenues to [...]
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Point Breeze Avenue is Picking Up a Sandwich Shop

A couple of readers have reached out to us over the last couple months, expressing hope for a new business on the horizon for Point Breeze Avenue. You may recall, about a year and a half ago, we shared the news that the triangular building at 2101 Reed St. was listed for rent. This was an encouraging development for this property, as it had been sitting blighted and vacant since a check cashing place closed [...]
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