Drone Research Coming Soon To Washington Avenue

Several readers have reached out to us over the last few weeks, wondering about some construction activity on the 2100 block of Washington Avenue. Now before you get too excited, we should mention it's on the south side of the street, and there's still nothing happening at the long dormant Chocolate Factory, at least for the time being. Instead, the construction is taking place at 2118 Washington Ave., an old warehouse that was formerly home to [...]
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Four Homes Will Fill in Vacancy on Sears Street

We've found ourselves in the Forgotten Bottom neighborhood a handful of times over the years, most prominently when the Dupont Crescent section of the Schuylkill River Trail opened back in 2011. As the name suggests, this small neighborhood is off the beaten path, and it covers only a handful of blocks west of 34th Street and south of Grays Ferry Avenue. Despite its lilliputian size and the fact that most people have never heard of it, [...]
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Second Phase of Edison Square Will Restore an Old School Building

The north side of the 700 block of Lehigh Avenue is home to a suburban style shopping center with a Save-a-Lot, a Family Dollar, a Kicks USA, and a Burger King. Generally, we wouldn't care for such a shopping center, as we prefer smaller businesses that are integrated into the urban fabric that don't include a sea of parking. From what we understand though, people who live nearby deeply appreciate the existence of this shopping [...]
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Wilde Yarns Lofts Project Finally Making Good Progress

Across the street from the Main Street UA 6 sits a collection of old industrial buildings that, until relatively recently, looked like they had been sitting abandoned for years. Workshop of the World tells us that this property, 3737 Main St., was home to the Wilde Yarn Mill, with the first building constructed back in 1884. Remarkably, the mill was still in operation, though in a limited capacity, until 2008. As we said, from looking at the [...]
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Condo Building in the Works at Broad & Pine

Dranoff Properties has played a significant role in redeveloping South Broad Street over the last decade, with Symphony House, 777 South Broad, and Southstar Lofts all adding height and density to Philadelphia's most famous thoroughfare. Tonight, near neighbors will learn about another proposed Dranoff project, this time at the corner of Broad & Pine. The low rise building that's currently at the corner functions mostly as a parking garage, and has a Starbucks on the first [...]
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Mural Missing From Hahnemann Hospital

Thanks to roughly three decades of work from Mural Arts, Philadelphia possesses an embarrassment of riches in terms of public visual art. We're no fans of vacant lots or surface parking lots, but when they're adorned by a mural, we tend to find them much more acceptable (it's just when people argue against development in favor of keeping a mural that we get aggravated). Such is the case with the surface parking lot at the northwest [...]
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A House on Madison Square is Giving You a Thumbs Up

The Graduate Hospital neighborhood is home to three garden blocks, the 2300 block of Saint Albans Place, and the 2200 and 2300 blocks of Madison Square. If you live in the area, you're probably aware of these blocks simply from walking around the neighborhood, and if you don't live nearby it's possible you remember seeing the 2300 block of Saint Albans as Cole's house in the Sixth Sense. These blocks are unlike any others in [...]
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Chinese Cultural and Community Center is Under Agreement

125 N. 10th St. stands as a unique example of a building that has been designated historic both locally and nationally, even though its defining features only date back to the 1970s. According to the nomination to the local register, the building dates back to the 1830s, but none of the original facade is currently visible. T.T. Chang founded the Chinatown YMCA on the second floor of this building in 1955, providing services to Chinese immigrants [...]
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A Conceptual Pivot As Gallery Renovation Proceeds

Market East was a commercial center in Philadelphia in the early part of the 20th century, but as the decades rolled along, increased competition from the suburbs and other factors resulted in a diminished status for this shopping district. The Gallery opened its doors in 1977, in an effort to beat back this phenomenon, creating a suburban shopping experience in an urban setting. And people were really into it! The first phase of the mall [...]
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Falls Bridge Lofts Project Is Finished

The last few years have brought major changes to 4328-44 Ridge Ave., a property that we first told you about almost exactly three years ago. At the time, the property was listed for sale for $1.5M and we were hopeful that a developer would buy the 42K sqft lot and build something "big, dense, and residential." At the very least, we were hoping that whoever bought the property would change up the looks of the buildings on the [...]
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