Disaster Averted as Broad & Spring Garden Shopping Center Gets Canned

With development pressure coming up from Center City and down from Temple, North Broad Street has made some incredible strides in the last decade. Two of the most prominent shifts on this corridor have occurred at the Broad & Spring Garden intersection, with Tower's conversion of the Pennsylvania State Office Building into apartments and EBRM's reuse of the former Thaddeus Stevens school for the same purpose. This additional density, combined with new residents from other projects nearby, [...]
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McGarry’s Building Will Be Torn Down and We Expect Mansions in its Place

McGarry's Jewelers is an amazing local business success story. They've been operating since 1854, and that was so long ago that Old City was just known as "City" back then. Over the course of their history, we imagine they had a few different locations, and as far as we can tell they moved into their space at 312 N. 2nd St. in the mid-1980s. Not only did the business own the double-wide one-story building at the corner of 2nd & [...]
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Hole Appears at 8th & Kimball and That’s a Good Thing

We have mixed emotions about the 800 block of Kimball Street. On the positive side of the ledger, it's located right off the Italian Market and anyone that lives there has easy access to inexpensive produce and tasty meats and cheeses. The other end of the block however, always feels a little choked, probably because 8th Street is a bus route and traffic tends to back up from Washington Avenue. The rarely used triple-wide surface parking [...]
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New Foundations on Hagert Near Frankford Avenue

Developers prefer to build homes on lots that are at least sixteen feet wide, but we live in an imperfect world. A narrower home often means a reduced sale price, but assuming the purchase price is correspondingly lessened, developers will still look to buy and build on skinnier lots. When East Kensington was laid out way back when, the development standards were clearly quite different, as this neighborhood has a ton of lots that only span [...]
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After Addition, Waverly Court Continues to Evolve

Philadelphia has more history than most cities in America, but even its oldest neighborhoods aren't frozen in time. From a real estate perspective, that generally means that old buildings get torn down and replaced by shiny new structures. Sometimes though, we see older buildings preserved, with their use and appearance evolving over the years. Waverly Court at 412 S. 13th St. is a fine example of this very phenomenon. The building was originally constructed as the HK Mulford pharmaceutical [...]
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Demolition on Walnut Street Will Maintain Mid Century Modern Facade For Some Reason

Walnut Street is a central artery in Philadelphia, as it has been since before our parents' parents' parents were born. It was around that time, now that we think about it, that numerous mansions sprung up along Walnut Street, providing wealthy Philadelphia families with well-located and handsomely designed abodes. Some of those buildings have survived the last century plus, while others have unfortunately been lost forever. Others are still around, but their facades have been [...]
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Foundations at 20th & Kimball, And Demolition Up the Street

The gentrification wave that's crashed over the Graduate Hospital neighborhood over the last twenty years has radically transformed the area. Before this surge, Grad Hospital included over a thousand vacant lots and empty buildings, but at this point you don't have to go much beyond your fingers and toes to count every such property in the neighborhood. This being the case, it's reached the point that every little rehab or new construction project is cause for attention in this part [...]
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Building Coming Back to Life at 40th & Spring Garden

Heading north from Penn's campus along 40th Street, it's really striking to observe the number of buildings that have arrived on the scene over the last several years. Turn back the clock less than a decade and there was next to nothing in West Powelton in terms of development. Today though, there are countless new buildings here, with the transformed 4000 block of Baring Street serving as an extreme example of what's happened on surrounding blocks. Through all [...]
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6th Street Warehouse Going Residential?

The east side of the 1800 block of N. 6th St. is a bit of an on-the-nose microcosm of the changes in South Kensington over the last half decade. Turn the clock back to 2014 and the east side of this block contained but three occupied residential properties, an old industrial building that may or may not have been in use, and a ton of vacant land. Things are quite different today, as the development that's [...]
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Phestival Pier Has a Nice Ring to It

It's understandable if you've got baseball on your mind these days. The weather is getting warmer. Bryce Harper has come to Philadelphia. And Citizens Bank Park was rocking all weekend as the Phillies swept the Braves out of town. You're not alone if you've got visions of pennants and parades dancing through your head- but if those good times do indeed start rolling, it seems the reality will be different than what you're seeing in your imagination. [...]
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