We Asked and We Received Renderings For the Gotham Buildings Project

With excitement, we shared a story yesterday about a project planned for the 2000 block of N. 2nd St. that will involve some new construction and the residential conversion of a ten story industrial building. In general, we're always glad to hear about adaptive reuse projects, and this was no exception. You have to agree, this building, which has been occupied by a wicker manufacturer for a number of years, has fantastic bones, and it would be [...]
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We Visited the Newest Section of the Schuylkill River Trail

On chilly days like today, we find ourselves dreaming about hanging out on the Schuylkill River Trail on a sunny summer day. This signature public space has been growing steadily in and around Center City, with the Grays Ferry Crescent section opening in 2011, and the Locust to South boardwalk opening in 2014. With the trail terminating at the South Street Bridge, we've been waiting for a few years for the completion of the next segment, from South to Christian Street. Yesterday, [...]
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New Construction and Adaptive Reuse Coming to 2nd & Norris

A little less than a year ago, we told you about some duplexes that were in the works for the 2100 block of N. 2nd Street. At the time, we noted the presence of a ten story warehouse building on the 2000 block of N. 2nd Street and learned, to our surprise, that the building was in active use by wicker wholesaler Charles Schober Company. We commented that the building would make for a great residential [...]
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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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