Philadelphia Man Forecloses On Wells Fargo, Looks Like Jafar

Patrick Rodgers has just stuck it to the proverbial man. Rodgers had initially questioned the bank as to why he had to pay a $1M home insurance premium on his 3-story $180K Victorian home. Thanks to Rodgers’ smarts for reading The Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, the contents of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage’s offices at 1341 North Delaware Avenue are scheduled for a March 4 sheriff’s sale.


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16th and Ridge is Going Green

If you’ve passed by the intersection at 16th and Ridge Avenue, you’ve probably noticed that it is very, very vacant. However there are plans in the works to change that. The development, formally Vineyards at 16th, will be LEED-certified (a nationally accepted program for the construction and operation of high-performance green buildings). The City of Philadelphia approved The Vineyards building permits in October. The locale will include 20, three-family townhomes all which will possess amenities […]


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Eat Soup, Pay With Dirt

Philly is full of sites that used to be industrial spots where the soil is now completely contaminated by hazardous wastes (yay community gardens). A pop-up project will be made on one of these sites in Northern Liberties for the first week in April. This seems like a project we’d see pop-up in Brewerytown or Kensington, a place where land comes cheap and young residents are open to a more sustainable city-living attitude. The Soil […]


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Tehran Inspired By Liberty Place?

There is a new building in Tehran, Iran, that looks strikingly like Liberty Place in Center City, which was designed by Helmut Jahn of Murphy/Jahn Architects. The resemblance is obvious, and we can’t help but think the inspiration came from our very own Philadelphia landmark, as the architecture and design are incredibly similar. While there is really no proof deeming this as a copycat, we can certainly jump to our own conclusions. A tad bit […]


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Detective Work: Which South Philly Bar Is Closing?

Let’s play a game. “A cozy Bar/Restaurant located in a busy South Philly neighborhood” is up for sale for a cool $349,000 (complete with fixtures and furniture). The bar in question was established in 1961, has four flat screens, an 80-inch projection screen, 7 beers on draft and beer to-go. Our guess? A particular bar that is also a grill and is also in South Philly that is near Pat’s and Geno’s. Your guess?


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Real Estate More Profitable Than Religion

Just kidding. But seriously. Developers are demolishing more churches than we can count on our idle hands. The Metropolitan AME Church at 731 S. 20th St. is in the process of being razed (as you can see) and Dawn Tancredi has wasted no time in applying to create six homes at 723 and 731 S. 20th Streets. According to the zoning board, the lot will be home to six four-story 42’-homes with roof decks, second-floor […]


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The Neighborhood’s First (and MTV-Worthy) Music Video

Philadelphia’s most creative entertainment industry workers are at it again. Designing a studio on 1600 North 5th Street, the founders of The Neighborhood set up both a physical workspace and a professional network to help new Philly productions launch. The studio is literally a Truman Show-esque reproduction of suburban houses (used as offices) complete with streets and street lamps. The environment is an atmosphere where artists can feel inspired and collaborative. The Neighborhood allows production companies […]


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Play Hipster City Cycle On Your Phone, In Your Skinny Jeans

Weren’t we just whining about the lack of Philly-specific apps? We whined too soon: Hipster City Cycle is a new iPhone application that lets you explore Philadelphia as a hipster cyclist (gotta’ love bike messengers) as you bike around the city, in all it’s Atari-pixilated detail, and explore important landmarks and neighborhoods within Philly as a local hipster. Users are challenged with races and downtown-traffic maneuvering (definitely challenging!) and big track stars get posted on […]


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O Sandwiches Up For Sale

We knew, even with its amazing Thai iced tea, that O was two blocks too south for it’s kind, shadowed by the glowing neon signs of Pat’s and Geno’s. The 3000-square-feet of first-floor space is up for sale for $5000 a month (that’s a lot of Thai iced teas). Nestled between La Lupe and Geno’s, we think this would be the perfect spot for a bar-centric establishment (this area of the Italian Market already has […]


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Borders Files Chapter 11; KOP Store Closes

“Struggling book and media retailer Borders Group Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in New York on Wednesday, and said it plans to close two of its 20 locations in the Philadelphia area as part of its restructuring.” Read more at BizJournals.com.


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