Rainbow Row of New Homes on Salmon Street

We really enjoy a good pierogi, and perhaps the best in town are made Czerw's Kielbasy in Port Richmond. This family business has been operating out of a storefront on Tilton Street since the late 1930s, and apparently makes a pretty good kielbasa too. Unfortunately for us, the secret is out about this place and it's not so easy to get pierogi anymore- per their website: DUE TO THE OVERWHELMING DEMAND FOR OUR IN-HOUSE, HANDMADE PIEROGI, WE [...]
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Naked Philly Predicts What’s to Come in 2020

Christmas is over and New Years has come and gone- it's 2020 in Philadelphia! Let's make some predictions for the coming year, shall we? We've been spending a lot of time meditating and thinking prognosticating thoughts, so hopefully we can do better than our middling performance in 2019. Here we go... What do we see? January: A new City Council is inaugurated, and it's the most progressive legislative body in the history of Philadelphia. Even though the Mayor [...]
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Looking Back at Our 2019 Predictions, We Should Bet on Sports More Often

Nostradamus had the right idea, living in the 16th century and making predictions many years into the future. In giving himself that kind of lead time, it afforded him a certain flexibility that we simply don't exactly have when we make annual predictions for happenings in the sports and real estate worlds in Philadelphia. And so Nostradamus is widely regarded as one of the greatest seers in history, if you believe in that sort of thing. [...]
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Duplexes Under Construction on Howard Street, Beyond Cumberland

As Northern Liberties development spilled over to Fishtown and as Fishtown development spilled over to East and South Kensington, the trend is continuing as development is slowly pushing further into North Philadelphia as investors look for the next hot neighborhood. Perhaps Norris Square will be that neighborhood and in the coming years we'll kick ourselves for not getting in there while the going was good. It's also possible that it will remain fringy in terms of development [...]
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Mixed-Use Project Will Fill a Remaining Gap in 2nd Street Corridor

North 2nd Street has come a long way over the last couple decades, transitioning from an industrial artery into a vibrant commercial corridor, one building at a time. Over the years, blighted buildings have been renovated or demolished and numerous lots that sat vacant for quite some time have been replaced by new mixed-use buildings. At this point, only a few properties are still sitting empty or underused on N. 2nd St., and in the coming months, we [...]
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‘Tis the Season For a Miracle on South 13th Street

There are a handful of blocks in Philadelphia that have their own thing that makes them just a bit different from the rest. For many of those blocks, this is the case because of their location- things are just a little different if you live on a street that's across from a school or a park, and we're not just talking about the extra natural light. Along those lines, the folks lucky enough to live on Madison [...]
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Changes Abound on 20th Street Below Wharton

Like so many other blocks in Point Breeze, the 1300 block of S. 20th Street has experienced numerous changes over the last several years. For whatever reason, compared to some of those other blocks, this block of 20th Street just feels like it's undergone a more noticeable change. Maybe it's because it's on a bus route. Maybe it's because our office has sponsored multiple projects on the block. Maybe it's because we work two blocks away. [...]
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Small Pocket of East Kensington Turning the Corner From Blight to Development

From the late 1800s through the early decades of the 20th century, the triangular parcel bounded by Front Street, Jasper Street, and York Street was home to several buildings associated with the Bromley Carpet Factory. This made sense, since this part of town was then known as the Workshop of the World and was home to countless factories, producing all kinds of consumer and industrial goods. As Kensington has transitioned away from being an industrial hub, old [...]
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Bryant Coal Building at 10th & Washington Will Grow By a Few Stories

It was way back in 2013 that we wondered about 943 Washington Ave., a clearly reused industrial property that was home to a discount furniture store. We did a little digging and learned that the property had been used by coal interests since the late 1800s, eventually owned by the William Bryant Coal Company and used in concert with a large coal yard across the street. As downtown coal became less of a thing into the middle of the [...]
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Plans Coming Into Focus For Redevelopment of Municipal Complex at 1100 Wharton

The sizable property at 1100 Wharton St. has been used for municipal purposes for well over a hundred years. This surely made sense when the Moyamensing Prison was in operation across the street. But in the decades since then, as Passyunk Square has thrived as a residential and commercial community, it has become increasingly clear that the property could be improved considerably with careful planning and redevelopment. Currently, the property features a police station at the corner of [...]
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