Philly School Awarded Nation’s First Platinum Level LEED Certification

Philly takes another huge step in the green direction last week as the Kensington High School for Creative and Performing Arts was certified by the U.S. Green Building Council as the first public high school in the nation to reach LEED‘s Platinum level. Yes, I’ll say it again, Kensington CAPA is the first public high school in the entire country to have a Platinum level LEED certification. It deserves a little reiteration. The Platinum level, […]


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FINAL PHASE TWO OF DESIGN FOR JULIAN ABELE PARK IS REVEALED

The Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation has announced its final Phase Two redesign of Julian Abele Park, located at 22nd and Carpenter Streets. After seeing the intended design, we can rest assured that this is something to get very excited about. Julian F. Abele (1881-1950) was a prominent African-American architect and Philadelphia native who was employed by fellow architect Horace Trumbauer. Abele is famous for having contributed to the design of the Philadelphia Museum of […]


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Hit List: Aria Tenant Pays For Home To Look More Like Home. Also Custom Wallpaper.

The client who purchased this unit in the Aria Condominium at 1419 Locust Street did so because they fell in love with the Busybee-staged unit. After moving in, they wanted Busybee to come back and make it feel more like home, which included some custom wallpaper work. “Sometimes potential buyers get emotionally attached if a unit is staged well,” says Anna Powers of Busybee. ” They trusted BB to make it unique. In this case, the […]


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Delorean Moment: 1300 Block Of Pine Street

There are no special stories to tell about these properties on the 1300 block of Pine Street. I am pointing them out because I find this to be a prime example of preservation and restoration. These properties maintain the integrity of their 1961 counterparts, while improving upon a decrepit exterior to bring them forth into the modern day. This is excellent restoration at work – and it does its part to make Philly look good. […]


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Dairy Queen on South Street Being Replaced By New “Take-Out Restaurant”

Ali Tifrani just applied for the permit for a take-out restaurant for 514 South Street, the old home of Dairy Queen, and was authorized for the demolition of the interior partitions. We hope our readers can shed some light on what will be coming to this little red-awning spot, because the most important thing we can tell you right now is that whomever covered up the windows just made our day. Lindsay Lohan and anime. […]


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Cherry Street Gets 3 in 1 with appRenaissance, BizEquity and Gallery 309

Scott Wasserman, owner of appRenaissance, moved his office from Wayne to 309 Cherry Street, in January 2011.  The space is collaborative, BizEquity and Gallery 309 sharing with appRenaissance. Co-functioning spaces like this are popping up all over Old City and Northern Liberties, with Devnuts and Indy Hall, we’re seeing a surge of commercial real estate shared as art and technology production houses. Wasserman says that the newer addition to his space, 309 Gallery, is his way […]


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PHILADELPHIA PLAYGROUND PROJECT: ALL-INCLUSIVE MAP OF PHILLY’S PLAYGROUNDS

Are playgrounds an essential part of our youth? Judging by their blog, the Philadelphia Playground Project would seem to think so. The project’s goals are simple: “(1) compile a centralized list for other parents who are looking for playgrounds, and (2) give some guidance on what each one has to offer.” This blog project seeks to provide the users with an all-inclusive map of the playgrounds in the Philadelphia area and since its inception in […]


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Architect Shout-Out: Jeanna Gang’s Aqua Tower

We had to take a moment this morning to share Jeanne Gang‘s ingenious work on the Aqua tower in Chicago. The undulating balconies at 225 N. Columbus Drive protect the 82-story tower from strong winds. Gang’s portfolio also includes Oculus in Taipei and the Blue Wall Center in South Carolina.


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1899 Fairmount Park Mansion Undergoing $8M In Renovations For The Fam And Kids

Through a good part of the fall and all winter, skilled builders from RC Legnini Building Contractors, the firm responsible for renovating the interior at Boyds in Rittenhouse, have been working to restore and modernize the interior at Smith Memorial Playhouse in Fairmount Park. The mansion, built in 1899 and designed by Philadelphia architect James H. Windrim, the mind behind the designs of the Masonic Temple across from City Hall and the Academy of Natural […]


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Commuter Challenge Dares Philly Companies To Leave Cars At Home

Ah, there’s nothing Mr. Fox hates more than friendly competition (patience was a virtue that we never learned); we prefer the animalistic kind with a clear winner. However, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, AAA and ZipCar‘s first Commuter Challenge for Philadelphia is something we can support. The challenge begins next Friday, May 20, on National Bike to Work Day, but companies can start creating teams now. Organizations will log their employees bike- and walk-to-work miles and […]


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