New Apartment Building at Franklin & Thompson, Across From an Awesome Church

We found ourselves in the Ludlow neighborhood the other day, which for those unfamiliar, is the section of North Philadelphia that sits between South Kensington and Yorktown. Ludlow hasn't seen as much development activity as the neighborhood to the east, but it has still come a very long way since it reached a nadir at the end of the 20th century. Countless vacant lots have filled in over the last the last several years, with [...]
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Naked Philly Makes Our Predictions for 2021

We wandered through the desert for 40 years in 2020, and now it's finally 2021 and everything is great. Right? As is generally the case, our predictions in 2020 fell way short of the mark. No, the Eagles didn't barely lose in the NFL Championship Game whose name rhymes with Duper Coal, and the Phillies did not make the playoffs. NIMBYs and YIMBYs didn't start warring RCOs. Starbucks never opened on Frankford Avenue. Rather than construction [...]
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“Renovation” and “Addition” For a Long Blighted and Unfortunate Building in South Philly

The property at the southwest corner of 7th & Hoffman possesses plenty of history, having been home to a dry goods store, a women's and children's clothing store, and a furniture store over the years. Its recent history is of interest to us today, as it has a longstanding place in our hearts as one of the ugliest buildings in South Philly. Until 2015, the six properties at 1914-1924 S. 7th St. were stucco-covered examples of [...]
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More Student Housing Will Rise on the 3200 Block of Spring Garden

We've seen numerous examples of Drexel student housing development over the last decade or so, rapidly changing many blocks north of the university. While many properties have turned over during this time, there are still several that are relatively unchanged and have maintained their historic use, for one reason or another. A fine example is the industrial building at 3205-15 Spring Garden St., which has been used for various industrial purposes over the years and [...]
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A Christmas (Eve) Miracle? Painted Bride Facade Could Be Preserved After All

Just two months ago, we provided an update on the status of 230 Vine St., most commonly known as the longtime home of the Painted Bride Arts Center. In case you're late to the game on this one, this building is one of the more interesting and unique buildings in town because local artist Isaiah Zagar covered the whole facade with a mosaic called Skin of the Bride over the course of the 1990s. But Painted Bride is pivoting [...]
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Years Later, a New and Improved Proposal For the Woods Brothers Site on Frankford Avenue

The huge property at 2621 Frankford Ave. has been used for industrial purposes dating back to the 19th century, but times are changing in this part of town. For several decades, the parcel was used in the service of rail cars, initially by the 2nd and 3rd Streets Passenger Railway Company and later by the Philadelphia Rapid Transit Company. In line with American transportation history, this became a truck depot in the middle of the 20th century as [...]
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The WARB Looks Like It’s Pretty Much Finished

Penn's campus possesses several wonderful open spaces, offering students, faculty, and visitors a green oasis in the city. The College Green, for example, sits in the heart of campus and offers a carefully landscaped vista that's tailor made for Penn's marketing brochures. But there are other spaces that are quote unquote open which aren't quite so picturesque. Take, for example, the triangular parcel on the north side of 37th & Spruce. Despite the fact that this [...]
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Big Apartment Building Planned on Amber Street, Just Across the Tracks

Yet another former industrial site in the River Wards is poised to transition to residential use, as 2740 Amber St. came before Civic Design Review earlier this month with a significant redevelopment plan which must first jump over some hurdles. This property has been used for industrial purposes forever, with Thomas Dawson Dye & Yarn making a home here in the middle of the 20th century. More recently, the property was used as a scrap yard, like several [...]
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Plans Change For Two Projects on the 1600 Block of Germantown

Germantown Avenue in South Kensington has undergone incredible change over the last several years, starting at Girard Avenue and running all the way up to Berks Street, where Germantown Ave. is abruptly and temporarily interrupted by a shopping center. We've detailed numerous projects along this street over time, including Liberty Square, countless projects on the 1400 block, and a metal-panel-tastic addition at Berks Street. Today though, we turn our attention to the 1600 block of Germantown, where [...]
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Seeking Safer Schools, SOSNA is Soliciting Slick Street Murals

Remember what life was like before March, 2020? Nobody wore a mask. Kids went to school. Sitting inside at restaurants and bars was a thing. And so on. But folks, the great rebound is coming. The first vaccinations are happening this week and the end of COVID-hell is still at least a few months away, but we can at least start to make out the light at the end of the tunnel. So let's think about [...]
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