After a Pause, Mixed-Use Building Progressing at 9th & Wharton

We've been pondering the vacant lot at the northeast corner of 9th & Wharton for years. We lived around the corner for awhile in the mid-aughts, and wondered about it almost every time we walked past. We wrote about it back in 2012, explaining that the Slovak St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church once stood there, but the congregation merged with another church in the 1970s and the building was demoed in the early 1990s. Then there was a [...]
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Farewell to a Garage on Ellsworth? Not So Fast.

We were in the neighborhood the other day (grabbing a tasty to-go beverage from Burg's Hideaway, if you must know) and a Demolition Notice caught our eye on the 2100 block of Ellsworth. The sign was posted on the home at 2128 Ellsworth St., but we naturally assumed that it actually applied to the double-wide garage next door. This garage has always been an outlier on this residential block, and surprisingly dates back to the 1920s. [...]
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Unfinished Business in a Blight-Filled Part of Mill Creek

We were looking at some aerial images of West Philly last week, which is of course a very common activity that normal people do all the time. Right? Hey, stop looking at us like that. Aerial view of the area As we were saying, we were looking at some aerial images and something caught our eye near 43rd & Fairmount. This area simply doesn't see much new construction and we saw what looked like a number [...]
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What’s Up With the Vacant Lot at Front & Spring Garden?

We were in the area recently (dropping off a mail-in ballot, if you must know), and we were pleased to see some nice progress on a new apartment building just north of Front & Spring Garden. A little more than three years ago, we told you that developers had purchased the little building at 614 N. Front St. and were planning to tear it down in favor of an apartment building. It took a little longer than [...]
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The Pavilion Casts a Sizable Shadow as HUP Steps Up Capacity

Philadelphia is a first class city, home to several large corporations and a host of small businesses, but "Eds and Meds" are the biggest drivers of the local economy. The eds are the local colleges and universities, like Penn, Drexel, Temple, and University of the Arts, to name a few. The meds are the local hospitals, med schools, and health care systems, including HUP, Jefferson, CHOP, Temple (making a second appearance of sorts), Tower, and [...]
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Staggering Changes For the 1900 Block of N. Orianna

At this point, it's well worn territory that South Kensington has changed dramatically over the last several years. In its heyday, this neighborhood was part of a larger section of town known as the Workshop of the World, home to numerous factories which produced goods that were used locally and, uh, all over the world. But industry changed through the 20th century and American urban factories fell out of favor as production moved to less [...]
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New Building Coming Soon, Around the Corner From Jewelers Row

A reader reached out to us recently, wondering about some nearly completed demolition activity near the corner of 8th & Walnut. Needless to say, this is not an area that typically sees buildings get torn down, so our first assumption was that we were losing a wonderful historic structure. In reality? Not so much. In the past As anyone might expect, the north side of the 700 block of Walnut Street is quite historic, with buildings dating back [...]
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Sweet Renderings For Francisville Apartment Building

About a month ago, we asked you to direct your gaze to 1723 Francis St., a sizable and handsome building at the intersection of Francis and Perkiomen Streets. As we told you then, the building was once known as the Tilden Home For Aged Couples, and was used for senior housing as far back at the late 1800s. As the years rolled along, it eventually became a rooming house. A little over a decade ago, a proposal [...]
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Homes Are Under Construction on Fernon Street, A Sign of Things to Come

Counterintuitively, the 2200 block of Fernon Street isn't visible from 22nd Street, thanks the the diagonal orientation of Point Breeze Avenue. Coming down Point Breeze Avenue, however, this block is quite obvious to anyone. The block particularly sticks out these days due to the three new construction homes currently under construction, all of which are rising on lots that were previously vacant. A fourth home is under construction closer to 23rd Street, where a third floor addition has [...]
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Funky Addition at Front & Susquehanna

We were making our way through East Kensington the other day and as we approached the Front Street from Susquehanna, we spied some construction activity just on the other side of the El. The construction in question was taking place at 100 W. Susquehanna Ave., a mixed use building that's had a variety of uses over the years. Per old zoning records, this building has been used as a drug store, a candy shop, a [...]
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