No More Soft Pretzels on Frankford Avenue

We all have our guilty pleasure snacks, and if you're anything like us, you have several. A Philly soft pretzel has always been near the top of our list, thanks to the blissful combination of chewiness, maltiness, and saltiness. We're not especially picky when it comes to Philly soft pretzels, but when we have our druthers, we'd always prefer a pretzel fresh out of the oven from a local bakery. Regrettably, independent pretzel bakeries are becoming a bit [...]
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Boring New Facade For Famous Former Hot Dog Stand

For anyone that grew up in downtown Philadelphia through the 1980s, Levis Hot Dogs at 507 S. 6th St. was on the same level of Pat's Steaks or Ralph's- a restaurant that's been around for so long that you take it for granted. As you might imagine given the name, this establishment was founded by a gentleman named Abe Levis. Mr. Levis only emigrated to America to avoid serving in the Czar's army, and that gives you a pretty good indication of how [...]
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Two Sizable and Unexpected Residential Developments for 25th & Dickinson

Sometimes, boundaries between different neighborhoods feel quite arbitrary. What makes South Street so special that it divides Grad Hospital from Rittenhouse or Hawthorne from Wash West? When wide streets like Washington Avenue or Broad Street separate neighborhoods, that at least makes a little sense. But perhaps the clearest dividing line for neighborhoods are elevated rail lines, like the way the El on Front Street delineates Fishtown from South Kensington. Another fine example is the 25th Street viaduct, [...]
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Funky Mixed Use Building Appearing at 40th & Lancaster

The 40th & Lancaster intersection is best known for two things- the chaotic traffic pattern that's produced by the intersection of 40th Street, Lancaster Avenue, and Haverford Avenue, and the handsome and historic West Philadelphia Title and Trust Company building which is now home to a hoagie spot and a check cashing business. A less heralded but still noticeable aspect of this intersection is 3965 Lancaster Ave., a roughly 4,600 sqft parcel that's been sitting vacant for a [...]
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Mixed-Use Plus Offices Coming Soon at Germantown & Cecil B Moore

About a year and a half after we first told you to expect a sizable new project at 1700 Germantown Ave., plans are coalescing into one of the most unique developments to date in South Kensington. You'll recall that this property was used for many years by a family business called Pallets Plus, which has been supplying pallets in the area for three generations. Not only did this business successfully capture a large share of the local pallet [...]
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Exploring the History of a Unique Building on West Girard

The 2800 block of Girard Avenue in Brewerytown is a living example of a commercial corridor created from a former row of stately homes. While many on the row stand out in their own way, 2826 W. Girard Ave. is quite noticeably unusual. This building was built in 1874, just like the rest of the old homes on the south side of the 2800 block, and was once no different in appearance to the others. [...]
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Clarity At Last at 2nd & Monroe

It feels to us like we've been fixated on the property at 718-24 S. 2nd St. for a long time, and this feeling has a fairly strong basis in reality- we've covered it at least five times over the years, starting way back in 2011. At that time, the property was sitting blighted and vacant, a stalled project from a developer out of Brooklyn. This caught our attention since Queen Village doesn't typically suffer from this sort [...]
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Demolition For Good Shepherd Community Church

46th Street between Pine and Spruce is a charming West Philadelphia block which includes about a dozen handsome twins, a few apartment buildings, a number of mature and wonderful trees, and the Good Shepherd Community Church. This church, located at at 314 S. 46th St. was built in 1930 as a Latter Day Saints congregation and has held up quite well over the years. But as the title of this post suggests, this building will likely [...]
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We Spied a New Foundation Near 20th & Snyder

The West Passyunk neighborhood isn't one we cover too frequently in this space, since it doesn't see a whole lot in the way of development activity. The neighborhood's boundaries, for those unfamiliar, go from 18th to 25th Street from east to west, and Mifflin Street to Passyunk Avenue to the south. Point Breeze gentrification hasn't generally made its way this far to the south, Girard Estates is to the south and has barely changed in decades, [...]
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Co-living Building Will Be a Step Up From Beer Distributor Near Girard Avenue

It was roughly ten months ago that we told you that the Global Beer Distributor at 1150 N. American St. had moved on to the keg cooler in the great beyond, as developers had purchased their 17K sqft parcel for $2.8M. This transaction made sense on a number of levels. Northern Liberties has pretty much finished its transition from spunky up and comer to established and high-priced neighborhood. A single-purpose one-story building on a sizable lot might have made sense [...]
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