Hello. Pancakes. Hello. The Devil’s Aspirin?

Yesterday was IHOP’s National Pancake Day and Conrad Brenner of Streets Dept fame took some pics of last night’s crowd around Center City’s IHOP. As Brenner says, “seems like a lot of work for a couple of pancakes.” Click here for the Streets Dept Pancake Day post.


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iPads and Recycled-Plastic Uniforms: The Hilton at Penn Reduces Its Carbon Footprint

The Hilton in at Penn has launched a multi-million dollar renovation to modernize the 238 guest rooms and suites. Design firm RD Jones and Associates will spearhead the two-phase project to sustainably remodel the units into something more contemporary. WaterSense shower heads (these save thousands of gallons of water annually) and Apple iPads are two of the featured energy-saving technologies that will be added during the renovation; the iPads will allow guests to access hotel […]


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UJMN Architects Designs Two Spots In U City

UJMN Architects + Designers did such a good designing the new offices for University City’s Energy Plus, that EP wasted no time hiring them to design their expansion at the LEED Silver 3711 Market Street building. The contemporary and open project will be on the heels of Cushman & Wakefield’s new project at 3737 Market Street, the University City Science Center’s recently approved 824,132-square-foot office/auditorium/retail space.


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Lenfest Plaza: Some Love In The Heart Of The City

On Groundhog Day city officials and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts resident and CEO, Dr. David R. Brigham, showed off the new Lenfest Plaza, the future home of what they project to be a creative and serene atmosphere for local artists on what is now East Cherry Street. With tourist traffic around the Convention Center expected to surpass the 1.4M mark, this new plaza (designed by internationally renowned landscape architecture firm OLIN, a client of the […]


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Parking Garage Developers Smoothing Over Issues to Avoid Being Cursed by Neighbors

A new parking garage will be built next to the historic Arch Street United Methodist Church located at Broad and Arch. While the idea had created a bit of controversy and concern, mostly by the church as well as the 150-year-old Masonic Temple, developing team Realen Properties has made steps to appease those concerned; main issues included the possibility that building the garage would cause damage to the 144 year-old church as well as block […]


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401 Race Street Looking to Go Country

The 401 Race Street property spanning from 4th to 5th street between Race and Florist streets has been a huge topic of discussion for those trying to develop the space, as well as for locals who aren’t so sure that the plans in mind for 401 Race Street are what’s in the best interest of the neighborhood. Developer (and Arc Properties CEO and founder) Robert Ambrosi is looking to incorporate Oklahoma-based Toby Keith’s I Love […]


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Philadelphia Art Hotel: You Think You Know, But You Have No Idea

In 2009 Krista Peel and Zak Starer were looking to find a building in Philadelphia where they could open an art organization. They found what they were looking for on Huntingdon Street in East Kensington; a 1,700-square-foot, three-story row house. Every year the space is opened up to artists from all over the world (after being selected during a two-month open call) who are chosen to live in the hotel and given a chance to […]


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When The City Hands You Lemons, Build A Fire

And the award for the best use of a barren city space goes to: art and music venue 5side! The guys at 5side made the best of its digs for a recent benefit party at the Maas Building. “It’s amazing what a campfire and a cypress tree will do to make you feel you are not in the middle of the city.”


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Mariposa Co-Op Moves To Larger Location

West Philly’s favorite co-op, Mariposa, is moving down the block to its new Re:Vision Architecture-designed digs at 4824 Baltimore Avenue this fall. For those who aren’t familiar with the classically run, community-based co-op, let us explain: a cooperative is comprised of group members (it’s $25 a year) and volunteers who want to buy in bulk, want to buy local and aren’t looking for meat and fish (if you are a member at Mariposa’s, you are […]


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Buy The General Lafayette Inn For $1.8M

The fifth oldest tavern in the United States, 279-year-old The General Lafayette Inn, sits empty, cold and alone (was it owned by Scott and Caren Cronin?) at 646 Germantown Pike. The 35,143-square-foot lot that includes the 9,400-square-foot restaurant, five-bedroom bed and breakfast, two-bedroom cottage and two acres of land are all for sale for a little less than $1.8M.


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