Building Coming Back to Life at 40th & Spring Garden

Heading north from Penn's campus along 40th Street, it's really striking to observe the number of buildings that have arrived on the scene over the last several years. Turn back the clock less than a decade and there was next to nothing in West Powelton in terms of development. Today though, there are countless new buildings here, with the transformed 4000 block of Baring Street serving as an extreme example of what's happened on surrounding blocks. Through all [...]
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6th Street Warehouse Going Residential?

The east side of the 1800 block of N. 6th St. is a bit of an on-the-nose microcosm of the changes in South Kensington over the last half decade. Turn the clock back to 2014 and the east side of this block contained but three occupied residential properties, an old industrial building that may or may not have been in use, and a ton of vacant land. Things are quite different today, as the development that's [...]
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Phestival Pier Has a Nice Ring to It

It's understandable if you've got baseball on your mind these days. The weather is getting warmer. Bryce Harper has come to Philadelphia. And Citizens Bank Park was rocking all weekend as the Phillies swept the Braves out of town. You're not alone if you've got visions of pennants and parades dancing through your head- but if those good times do indeed start rolling, it seems the reality will be different than what you're seeing in your imagination. [...]
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No More Soft Pretzels on Frankford Avenue

We all have our guilty pleasure snacks, and if you're anything like us, you have several. A Philly soft pretzel has always been near the top of our list, thanks to the blissful combination of chewiness, maltiness, and saltiness. We're not especially picky when it comes to Philly soft pretzels, but when we have our druthers, we'd always prefer a pretzel fresh out of the oven from a local bakery. Regrettably, independent pretzel bakeries are becoming a bit [...]
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Boring New Facade For Famous Former Hot Dog Stand

For anyone that grew up in downtown Philadelphia through the 1980s, Levis Hot Dogs at 507 S. 6th St. was on the same level of Pat's Steaks or Ralph's- a restaurant that's been around for so long that you take it for granted. As you might imagine given the name, this establishment was founded by a gentleman named Abe Levis. Mr. Levis only emigrated to America to avoid serving in the Czar's army, and that gives you a pretty good indication of how [...]
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Two Sizable and Unexpected Residential Developments for 25th & Dickinson

Sometimes, boundaries between different neighborhoods feel quite arbitrary. What makes South Street so special that it divides Grad Hospital from Rittenhouse or Hawthorne from Wash West? When wide streets like Washington Avenue or Broad Street separate neighborhoods, that at least makes a little sense. But perhaps the clearest dividing line for neighborhoods are elevated rail lines, like the way the El on Front Street delineates Fishtown from South Kensington. Another fine example is the 25th Street viaduct, [...]
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Funky Mixed Use Building Appearing at 40th & Lancaster

The 40th & Lancaster intersection is best known for two things- the chaotic traffic pattern that's produced by the intersection of 40th Street, Lancaster Avenue, and Haverford Avenue, and the handsome and historic West Philadelphia Title and Trust Company building which is now home to a hoagie spot and a check cashing business. A less heralded but still noticeable aspect of this intersection is 3965 Lancaster Ave., a roughly 4,600 sqft parcel that's been sitting vacant for a [...]
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Mixed-Use Plus Offices Coming Soon at Germantown & Cecil B Moore

About a year and a half after we first told you to expect a sizable new project at 1700 Germantown Ave., plans are coalescing into one of the most unique developments to date in South Kensington. You'll recall that this property was used for many years by a family business called Pallets Plus, which has been supplying pallets in the area for three generations. Not only did this business successfully capture a large share of the local pallet [...]
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Exploring the History of a Unique Building on West Girard

The 2800 block of Girard Avenue in Brewerytown is a living example of a commercial corridor created from a former row of stately homes. While many on the row stand out in their own way, 2826 W. Girard Ave. is quite noticeably unusual. This building was built in 1874, just like the rest of the old homes on the south side of the 2800 block, and was once no different in appearance to the others. [...]
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Clarity At Last at 2nd & Monroe

It feels to us like we've been fixated on the property at 718-24 S. 2nd St. for a long time, and this feeling has a fairly strong basis in reality- we've covered it at least five times over the years, starting way back in 2011. At that time, the property was sitting blighted and vacant, a stalled project from a developer out of Brooklyn. This caught our attention since Queen Village doesn't typically suffer from this sort [...]
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