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Continuing Construction on the Evolving 1400 Block of S. Taylor

You'll be forgiven if you've never visited the 1400 block of S. Taylor Street - or any block of Taylor Street, for that matter. For the uninitiated, Taylor is a north-south street which runs between 24th and 25th Streets, disappearing and reappearing with little rhyme or reason. It runs continuously between Mifflin and Oakford Streets in Point Breeze, and then makes a quick comeback between Aspen and Poplar in Fairmount, before showing up off Montgomery, [...]
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An Unexpected and Awesome Addition Upcoming For South Kensington Corner

While South Kensington is home to a number of interesting industrial buildings that date back over a century, it's got more than its share of blah industrial buildings as well. The edifice at 1300 N. Howard St. is one such building, standing just one story tall and covering over an acre of real estate. It could be less interesting, as it at least has a gabled roof to give it the slightest bit of architectural [...]
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Sure, Why Not Another Apartment Building at 42nd & Chestnut?

Since the summer, we've told you about more projects on Chestnut Street in West Philly than we can even remember, off the cuff. These new projects make all the sense in the world, as Penn remains one of the biggest job centers in town, ditto the hospital system nearby, and the University City Science Center continues to grow as the years roll along. Despite the explosion in new construction in the neighborhoods to the north, [...]
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We Wish That Twin Apartment Buildings Near Temple Were a Little Bit Taller, We Wish They Were a Baller

There's a new project coming to 1600 N. 11th St., and it's giving us some seriously mixed emotions. Currently, this property is used as a surface parking lot, as has been the case for about two decades. And we hate surface parking lots! This one is no exception. Current view Looking west at the site from 11th Street This month, developers will present plans at Civic Design Review for a new project at this site, [...]
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Cinema Turned Church Getting Demoed at 12th & Girard

We have always had a soft spot for old cinemas, standing in direct contrast to our feelings about surface parking lots. While we stan buildings with leftover architectural details, like (what's left of) the Boyd or the Leader on Lancaster or the Diamond on Germantown Avenue, we're also fond of the buildings that have little but a whisper that remains of their history, like the Jeffries in Manayunk or even the Roxy in Center City. [...]
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New Building Coming Soon at 13th & Bainbridge, At Long Last

Walking around Philadelphia in 2021, it's difficult to remember just how different things were around here in the relatively recent past. These days, greater Center City extends from Washington Avenue in the south to Girard Avenue in the north, encompassing neighborhoods like Graduate Hospital, Northern Liberties, and Spring Garden. Go back to the late 1990s and even the early 2000s, and those neighborhoods were filled with vacant lots and blighted properties, and frankly it was [...]
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Bah, Another Storage Facility is Planned on Grays Ferry Avenue

Let's face it, Grays Ferry Avenue is no great shakes. Once it goes south of Washington Avenue, it's pretty much a mix of industrial buildings and vacant land, with the exception of the Grays Ferry Shopping Center. This shopping center, incidentally, is a bit of a retail destination in this part of town, containing a supermarket, a post office, and soon enough, a brand new liquor store. Center City it ain't, but people gotta eat, [...]
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Eleven Stories at 44th & Market?!?

It's been a shockingly long time since the southwest corner of 44th & Market was used for anything resembling its highest and best use. Currently, a Conoco gas station operates at this corner, and it was a BP gas station before that. From what we can tell, the property has been used in this fashion dating back to the early 1960s, though there was also an auto repair shop aspect to the business which is [...]
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New Clarity For the True Gospel Tabernacle Family Church Apartment Project

A couple weeks back, we shared the unfortunate news that the True Gospel Tabernacle Family Church would be vacating their longtime home at 1900 S. 16th St., following in the footsteps of countless South Philly congregations in recent years. That being said, this news was tempered by the encouraging caveat that the historic buildings on the site would be preserved and converted to apartments, and not torn down. As we mentioned before, the church was [...]
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So Long, Roxy Theater… It Was Great While it Lasted

Center City has had a movie theater problem for years, which is almost inconceivable considering the history of downtown Philadelphia, where movie palaces were once as common as haberdasheries. These days, it's almost as impossible to see a movie in Center City as it is to find a nice Stetson. Well, isn't that a fine how do you do! At the moment, you have exactly three options to see a movie in Center City. Want [...]
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