Vegan Starbucks Planned Near Broad & Reed

Philadelphia is pretty much drowning in caffeine. Starbucks locations dot Center City, with Dunkin Donuts possessing an impressive footprint as well. Don't forget the national chains with smaller footprints, like Au Bon Pan and Saxby's. Then there are some local chains, like La Colombe, Rival Brothers, and OCF Coffee House (shameless plug!). Filling in the gaps are the little neighborhood shops, which generally serve a hyper local clientele and often serve as place makers in their [...]
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24 Units Planned For an Unusual Block of N. 8th Street

If you're anything like us, you've never been to the 900 block of N. 8th Street. And why would you ever find yourself on this block, which runs between Poplar and Girard Avenue, a few blocks west of the bulk of Northern Liberties development, and a few blocks east of West Poplar development? Be that as it may, this block has some pretty unique features, including a baseball field, a gym, a dance studio, a [...]
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NW Corner of 20th & Kimball Should Soon Get Redeveloped

Roughly five years ago, we directed your attention to a pair of blighted buildings on the northwest corner of 20th & Kimball. We noted at the time that the buildings were owned by the Philadelphia Housing Authority, and we also pointed out that the corner building had a violation for being in danger of collapse. We begged PHA to either repair the buildings so that they could be inhabited, or tear them down in the interest [...]
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Changes Coming For Small Green Space at 29th & Wharton

A reader reached out to us last week, having noticed some zoning notices at the southwest corner of 29th & Wharton. For those of you that have never visited this corner, the property at 2900 Wharton St. has served as a little neighborhood green space for at least a decade, along with the adjacent properties stretching to Hollywood Street. As little neighborhood green spaces with no funding go, this is one of the better ones we've [...]
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New Owners For Red Bell Brewery, Redevelopment Should Happen Soon

Brewerytown's most prolific developer is set to take on the neighborhood's largest white elephant. A little less than two years ago, we told you that a developer had purchased the old Red Bell Brewery at 1500 N. 31st St. and we believed that redevelopment was on the horizon. Then we waited around for awhile, until a community meeting at the end of last year, at which developer John Wei presented plans for a 147-unit apartment building with [...]
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What’s In Store For the Former Industry Bar?

For about half a decade, the Industry Bar held down the southeast corner of Moyamensing Avenue and Reed Street, occupying a double-wide, one story building in bustling Pennsport. The Industry was a great spot, not only providing tasty food and drink to folks in the neighborhood, but also serving as a tailor made place that specifically targeted people working in the restaurant business (hence the name). The owners also own Good Dog in Center City, and [...]
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New Schoolyard Officially Opens at Stanton School

The Graduate Hospital neighborhood has two traditional public schools, Chester A. Arthur at 20th & Catharine and E.M. Stanton at 17th & Christian. A few years back, the Arthur school got a new playground which eventually morphed into a full schoolyard renovation in the summer of 2016. Last year, we told you that Stanton was getting a new schoolyard of its own, with play spaces, educational spaces, and a bunch of stormwater management infrastructure. Needless to [...]
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Like the Cheese, House on Laurel Street Stands Alone

There are countless homes under construction around Philadelphia at any given time, and in an effort to avoid driving ourselves crazy, we try to limit our coverage of one-off projects. Simply put, there's usually not a whole lot to be said about a single family home getting built on a random lot in town, so we generally don't waste anyone's time reporting about those sorts of developments. Sometimes though, a small project crops up that demands coverage, [...]
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New Homes Sprouting Up on a Couple Blocks of Emily Street

Just last week, before the Eagles were SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS, we visited the 600 and 700 blocks of Dudley Street and told you about all the new homes on those blocks. Just a bit to the south of Dudley Street is Emily Street, where we see a similar phenomenon playing out. First, let's peer eastward on the 700 block of Emily. Looking east on the 700 block Halfway down the block Check out this cool home [...]
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Discovering the Diamond Theatre on Germantown Avenue

We've been spending time in the southern section of Norris Square lately, picking up on a few different development projects either ongoing or in the works. And because we've found some coverage-worthy projects in this part of town, we've been cruising around the neighborhood, looking for more stuff to write about. Last week, we were on the 2100 block of Germantown Avenue and happened upon a property that's not actually getting developed at the moment, but [...]
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