A post specifically for the Naked Philly section of the site

120 Units Coming to the Banks of the Schuylkill River in Manayunk

As you make your way through the heart of Manayunk, you will come across a somewhat hidden and easily forgettable property at 3900 Main St., where a low-rise structure and a surface lot are surrounded by trees right along the Schuylkill River. We actually visited this site previously, first in 2011 when there were plans for a nine-story apartment building to go up on this site, then owned by television pioneer Dorothy Brunson. Back in [...]
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Jefferson’s Honickman Center Close to Completion as Final (?) Phase of East Market

One of the biggest projects in Center City has been on-going for some time as it's transformed the face of Market East. In fact, the giant East Market project from National Real Estate Development took its name from the neighborhood as a series of low-rise buildings and parking garages have been replaced by a thriving mixed-use neighborhood. Apartments, commercial space, and a hotel are already finished, and the newly-named Honickman Center is the newest addition [...]
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Newly Designated Historic Buildings Will Stick Around at 17th & Race

We here at Naked Philly like to bang the drum for increased density, increased height, increased commercial presence, and basically increased everything when it comes to land use, especially in Center City. However, not all proposals that would lead to these outcomes are built the same. Nary a tear is shed when a surface parking lot disappears or a dilapidated building is demolished and replaced with a good-looking project that better serves the needs of [...]
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46 Cubist-inspired Units on the Way Next to Warehouse on Watts in West Poplar

The other day when we were at the corner of Broad & Girard to visit a to-be-demolished McDonald's and some other close by action, we decided to weave our way through the northern section of West Poplar to check out any goings on. We made our way to the corner of N. Watts & Cambridge St., which sits surprisingly hidden for being so close to the nearby crossroads and being just to the north of [...]
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A New Dish Will Be Served Up at 3rd & Cherry in Old City

The array of architectural styles, the mix of businesses, and the pedestrian-scaled streets and buildings collectively make Old City a wonderful place to visit or live, and that's before we even get to the more touristy historical options. N. 3rd Street, with its charming storefronts and tree-lined sidewalks, is perhaps our favorite stretch of all. And thanks to plans that were provided to the Philadelphia Historical Commission, we know that one particular corner is set [...]
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Seven Stories Sneaking up at 1100 Ridge Ave. in the Loft District

While making our way around the city, it is rare when we catch a glimpse of a construction site that isn't on our radar. So, color us surprised as we made our way east on Spring Garden Street the other day, only to see a prominent tower peeking up behind some of the buildings close by. Curiosity killed the cat/attracted the real estate blogger, so we couldn't help but make an unplanned turn to check [...]
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2400 E. Huntingdon Making Its Mark in Olde Richmond

As Fishtown and Olde Richmond blend together near the intersection of Lehigh & Aramingo, there is a convergence of the industrial heritage, the rowhome past, and the autocentric present. A mix of older industrial buildings, traditional rowhouse-lined streets and the arterial churn of Aramingo form an interesting and changing pocket of the neighborhood. Unsurprisingly, as the development momentum from Fishtown has continued to creep north and east, not everyone has been thrilled with the changes. [...]
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Major Progress at 12th & Sansom, Little Progress Close By

123 S. 12th St., despite its Sesame Street-sounding address, is growing up rapidly after we last stopped over back in August. But me oh my, the scene sure is different here just five months later. Formerly a parking garage, this project (now called Jessup House, thanks to the sliver of Jessup St. on the site's eastern edge) from global developers Greystar and designed by STUDIOS Architecture and BLTa will rise 20 stories, adding to the [...]
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Exploring the Heart of uCity Square in University City

Covering the entirety of the site of the former home of University City High School in West Philadelphia, uCity Square is one of the largest developments in the entire region. A joint venture between the Science Center and Wexford Science & Technology, this ZGF-designed master plan encompasses over 10 million square feet of development across labs, offices, residential, and hotel proposals, and has been in the works since we first told you about it way back [...]
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Demo for McDonald’s near a Development Boom at Broad & Girard

The Broad & Girard intersection is one of the major crossroads in the city, and not just because two wide roads happen to meet at this location. Featuring both the Girard Ave. stop on the Broad Street Line as well as the returning-in-September Route 15 trolley line stop, you might envision a grand intersection with towering buildings. That's not so much the case, with a shuttered fast-food restaurant on the northeast corner representing perhaps the [...]
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