Trolley Car Station is Open and It Looks Fantastic

If you've ever taken a trolley to or from West Philadelphia, you've likely passed through the 40th Street Trolley Portal, the location where the 11, the 13, the 34, and the 36 lines emerge from underground (or start their trip underground, depending on which way you're traveling). Roughly 5,000 people board or get off a trolley here, at the spot where Woodland Avenue splits off from Baltimore Avenue, with tens of thousands of additional people [...]
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Cumberland Commons Coming, Just Beyond East Kensington

We've documented, over the last several years, countless projects in East Kensington that have truly changed the face of a neighborhood previously suffering from years of disinvestment. As time has passed, projects have pushed further and further into the neighborhood, starting on Amber Street, moving along to Coral, and then up to Emerald and Jasper Streets. More recently, we've even seen several projects on the blocks between Jasper Street and Kensington Avenue. While the neighborhood to the south has [...]
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Residential Conversion Coming Soon For Former Economy Building

For much longer than we've been alive, 2nd Street in Old City has been the place to go downtown if you're in the market for restaurant supplies, be it a couple cases of glassware or a 6' griddle. Thanks to a combination of the internet and natural attrition, we're now left with just two restaurant supply stores in Old City, Economy and Swift. A little over a year ago, we were worried that both stores were looking at [...]
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Mixed Use Coming Next to Reanimator Roastery?

An individual named Negesh Aberra purchased the roughly 3,400 sqft vacant lot at 304 W. Master St. back in 2003, paying $20K for the property at sheriff's sale. At the time, this probably constituted a reasonable price, considering the state of the real estate market in South Kensington at the time. To put a finer point on it, things were still transitioning in Northern Liberties back then, with the Piazza still roughly 6 years away from opening, so [...]
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New National Building Evokes Its Predecessor

109-131 N. 2nd St. was home to the National Products Company, a restaurant supply business, for the better part of the 20th century. Sometime in the middle of that wonderful century, they clad their building’s facade in orange tiles, making it one of the more unique structures in town. In the early 2000s, after the store closed, developers started looking at redevelopment opportunities for the sizable property, per Hidden City. The possibility of demolition resulted in the building getting [...]
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Years Later, Plans Change for Drexel Bindery Building on Girard

You might think that a company called Drexel Bindery would be located somewhere in West Philadelphia, perhaps near Drexel's campus. But you'd be incorrect! In fact, Drexel Bindery operated out of a building at 1308-10 W. Girard Ave. for decades, just a few blocks from the Temple campus. But you already know this if you've been following this blog for awhile, as we told you about this property five years ago when the owners of [...]
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Nemi Mexican Restaurant, Coming Soon to a Port Richmond Corner

In fits and starts, we're seeing real estate development make its way past Lehigh Avenue, over the railroad tracks, and into Port Richmond. We've covered a handful of larger projects over the last couple years, but the vast majority of the action in this area is in the form of a one-off new construction homes, and even more commonly, the rehabbing of existing homes. As such, the neighborhood has largely maintained its character and personality, even [...]
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Valletta Seems Like An Appropriate Replacement for Tiramisu

We've never been to Malta. Couldn't even tell you where it is without the help of Google Maps, much less tell you the name of its capital city. But we live in the age of information and as such, we can find out all of those things with but a few keystrokes. And we can share that info with you! Malta is an island nation located in the Mediterranean Sea, roughly 50 miles south of [...]
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Gloria Casarez Residence Will Create 30 Affordable Rental Units

Almost two years ago, we drew your attention to a surface parking lot on the northeast corner of 8th & Thompson, having heard about a plan to redevelop the parcel with a total of 71 residential units. We weren't sure about the nature of the new development- would it be a market rate project, representing another western push of South Kensington development? Or could we expect something affordable, given the presence of the 9th Street [...]
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An Architectural Potpourri on Master Street in Brewerytown

Almost two years ago, we told you to expect some new construction on the 2900 block of W. Master St., just a few steps away from the Fairmount @ Brewerytown building. Back then, over a stretch of seven properties on either side of Myrtlewood Street, there were five vacant lots and only two structures. Given the pace of development in this part of town, it should come as no shock that things have changed dramatically in [...]
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