Coming Soon to 40th & Sansom, Tangen Hall

It's true that there's very little room for Penn to expand its footprint on the edges of campus, though the university has continued to build new buildings over the last several years. Two of those buildings, the creatively named New College House and the rather derivatively named New College House West, have gone up on land that students previously enjoyed as open space. 3901 Walnut St., on the other hand, took a property that was underused as [...]
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Howard Street Losing a Cool Industrial Building, Gaining a Bunch of Apartments

Like countless other properties in South Kensington, the buildings at the northeast corner of Howard & Norris were used for industrial purposes for decades, dating back to the 19th century. Way back when, the site was used by a few different carpet mills, and into the middle of the last century, American Brass Company made its home at this location. We couldn't tell you exactly when the brass company moved on, but most recently, the unique [...]
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Will a New Apartment Building Replace Millcreek Tavern?

Given its location at 4200 Chester Ave., a stone's throw from both Penn and University of the Sciences, you might expect that Millcreek Tavern would lean heavily into the neighboring student population and work hard to attract that demographic. And sure, students find their way through the door, but the bar/restaurant is probably better known as a spot for locals, attracting a diverse group of guests from different walks of life in the neighborhood. If that sounds [...]
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Plans Afoot to Convert St. Gabriel’s Convent into Apartments

St. Gabriel’s is a Catholic Church at the corner of 29th & Dickinson whose story echoes many houses of worship in Philadelphia. The attractive building dates back to the beginning of the 20th century, and in its heyday the church was surely packed to the gills for Sunday mass, let alone on holidays. But times and demographics have changed, and despite the fact that the Archdiocese has consolidated two other parishes into St. Gabriel's, attendance isn't [...]
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Long Overdue, Spruce and Pine Streets Getting Repaved in Center City

For reasons we can't begin to get into here, the budgets for the City of Philadelphia experienced severe shortfalls during the early part of this decade, resulting in various cuts. The Streets Department was not immune to those cuts, and one result was a dramatic reduction in street paving activity. Per a story from Philly Voice, national standards would have Philadelphia resurface 131 miles of roads per year. We were getting to maybe 25% of that number for [...]
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New Building at 20th & Spring Garden Will Fit In With Its Surroundings, Mostly

There are over a dozen historic districts in Philadelphia, most of which are centered around a collection of buildings whose architecture makes them worthy of designation. But there are always stragglers in each district which don't clear the historic bar, generally because they are new compared to their neighbors or they're of a similar age but have been altered beyond recognition. Those buildings are considered "non-contributing" buildings within a historic district, and these structures are afforded considerably [...]
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Good Shepherd Community Church Likely Sticking Around, After All

It was just a few months ago that we directed your attention to the Good Shepherd Community Church building at 314 S. 46th St., noting that the church was moving on from its longtime home and that developers had the property under agreement. This is an incredibly common story in Philadelphia in 2019, especially in neighborhoods where population shifts have resulted in diminished congregations and increased property values. We told you that the developers intended to demolish the [...]
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Coming Soon to 43rd & Chestnut: The Next LVL

It wasn't so many years ago that Penn students seeking to live close to campus had a very limited number of options that ranged from dorms to off-campus apartments that hadn't been renovated in a generation. Times have changed, and it's been quite dramatic. Developers have built countless duplexes, triplexes, quadplexes and the like to the north and west of campus, radically changing numerous blocks in Spruce Hill, Walnut Hill, and Cedar Park. Closer to [...]
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Two Homes Under Construction Next to Mifflin Square

Frangelli's Bakery opened at the corner of 9th & Jackson in 1947, moving to the corner of 9th & Ritner in 1994. In case you've never heard of this amazing place, they make delicious donuts, and their most recent creation is the Franolli, a donut/cannoli hybrid. It's a little spot which you could easily miss, but now you know it exists and you have no excuse not to go check it out. Plus, if you [...]
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Hahnemann is Closing – Now What?

Hahnemann University Hospital was founded in 1848, and according to a Philly.com report that came out this morning, it will be closing in 2019. We are sorry to say that we predicted that this might happen a little under two years ago. At that time, an investor group had a deal in place to purchase Hahnemann and Saint Christopher’s Children’s Hospital for $170M after both hospitals underperformed during two decades of Tenet ownership. When the deal was struck, Hahnemann was losing money to [...]
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