South Street Loses Another Store

Beyond The Wall poster store on South Street is closing at the end of March. This doesn’t surprise us seeing South Street is full of more “For Rent” signs than “Open” signs. We’re not sure if it’s tourists and locals, or just locals, that have come to view South Street as a place full of nothing-to-write-home-about stores. We need some more unique destinations over there, but if Gap couldn’t even survive, who knows. Either way, […]


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220 More Affordable Housing Homes Become Available

Philadelphia just received $149M in grant money for affordable housing developments. The new housing will go up at Fairmount Gardens, 1900 West Allegheny Avenue, near 1221-25 South 15th Street in South Philly and West Philly among others. Read more here.


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Krispy Kreme to Sabotage Any Ideas We Had Regarding a Summer Beach Body

Center City is about to get its very own 478-square-foot Krispy Kreme donut shop at the old Rite Aid locale at 1535 Chestnut Street (Children’s Place will take the 1729-square-foot corner lot), part of Philly brothers’ Brian Zaslow and Keith Morgan plan to bring 21 Krispy Kremes to Philly. Gardener/Fox is running the project and has plans for a visible-from-the-street area of the kitchen where street-goers will have the opportunity to watch the best part […]


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Hello. Pancakes. Hello. The Devil’s Aspirin?

Yesterday was IHOP’s National Pancake Day and Conrad Brenner of Streets Dept fame took some pics of last night’s crowd around Center City’s IHOP. As Brenner says, “seems like a lot of work for a couple of pancakes.” Click here for the Streets Dept Pancake Day post.


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iPads and Recycled-Plastic Uniforms: The Hilton at Penn Reduces Its Carbon Footprint

The Hilton in at Penn has launched a multi-million dollar renovation to modernize the 238 guest rooms and suites. Design firm RD Jones and Associates will spearhead the two-phase project to sustainably remodel the units into something more contemporary. WaterSense shower heads (these save thousands of gallons of water annually) and Apple iPads are two of the featured energy-saving technologies that will be added during the renovation; the iPads will allow guests to access hotel […]


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UJMN Architects Designs Two Spots In U City

UJMN Architects + Designers did such a good designing the new offices for University City’s Energy Plus, that EP wasted no time hiring them to design their expansion at the LEED Silver 3711 Market Street building. The contemporary and open project will be on the heels of Cushman & Wakefield’s new project at 3737 Market Street, the University City Science Center’s recently approved 824,132-square-foot office/auditorium/retail space.


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Lenfest Plaza: Some Love In The Heart Of The City

On Groundhog Day city officials and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts resident and CEO, Dr. David R. Brigham, showed off the new Lenfest Plaza, the future home of what they project to be a creative and serene atmosphere for local artists on what is now East Cherry Street. With tourist traffic around the Convention Center expected to surpass the 1.4M mark, this new plaza (designed by internationally renowned landscape architecture firm OLIN, a client of the […]


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Parking Garage Developers Smoothing Over Issues to Avoid Being Cursed by Neighbors

A new parking garage will be built next to the historic Arch Street United Methodist Church located at Broad and Arch. While the idea had created a bit of controversy and concern, mostly by the church as well as the 150-year-old Masonic Temple, developing team Realen Properties has made steps to appease those concerned; main issues included the possibility that building the garage would cause damage to the 144 year-old church as well as block […]


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401 Race Street Looking to Go Country

The 401 Race Street property spanning from 4th to 5th street between Race and Florist streets has been a huge topic of discussion for those trying to develop the space, as well as for locals who aren’t so sure that the plans in mind for 401 Race Street are what’s in the best interest of the neighborhood. Developer (and Arc Properties CEO and founder) Robert Ambrosi is looking to incorporate Oklahoma-based Toby Keith’s I Love […]


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Philadelphia Art Hotel: You Think You Know, But You Have No Idea

In 2009 Krista Peel and Zak Starer were looking to find a building in Philadelphia where they could open an art organization. They found what they were looking for on Huntingdon Street in East Kensington; a 1,700-square-foot, three-story row house. Every year the space is opened up to artists from all over the world (after being selected during a two-month open call) who are chosen to live in the hotel and given a chance to […]


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