A post specifically for the Naked Philly section of the site

North Bank Project Progresses, Evolves, and Grows

The Northbank project is located at 2001 Beach St., and as we've told you before, it's one of the largest private residential developments in Philadelphia history. The property covers roughly 30 acres of Delaware waterfront, and though it's technically located inside of Fishtown's neighborhood boundaries, its size and location on the other side of I-95 and Delaware Ave. make it feel like a neighborhood that's being created from whole cloth. When we last checked in [...]
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Downey’s Replacement Will Be a New Gateway at Front & South

We admit it, we called this one all wrong. Over the summer, we shared the news that 526 S. Front St. would soon be demoed and we were bummed. This building had been home to Downey's Pub from the 1970s through 2016, slowly expanding over the years and eventually operating as one of the largest bar/restaurants in Center City. The building had been for sale and for lease in recent years, but neither a buyer [...]
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New Building at Broad & Pine Will Shrink, But Will Include More Units

The building at the northeast corner of Broad & Pine rises three stories, with the ground floor space that was used for years as a Starbucks and the a small parking garage on the upper floors. While parking garages are certainly a need for Center City, this still qualifies as a rather significant underuse for this 10K sqft parcel. We don't imagine this was the case a hundred years ago, though. View of the building [...]
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Penn’s Landing Park Gets an Updated Plan

Penn's Landing technically runs from Washington Avenue to Spring Garden Street, representing approximately two miles of Delaware waterfront through the heart of downtown Philadelphia. This is some of the most prime real estate in our fair city, and yet it has been beset by controversy, probably since well before you were born. An article from the Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia extensively covers the history of Penn's Landing since the 1950s, noting the twists and turns [...]
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Apartments Will Fill Vacant Lot Near 29th & Diamond

Now more than ever, we are seeing new development in Strawberry Mansion, and it makes all the sense in the world if you think about it. A section of Fairmount Park is located immediately to the west, providing easy access to a huge stretch of green space. Brewerytown is just to the south, and that neighborhood has absolutely exploded from a construction perspective over the last decade, with hundreds of projects spawning new homes, new [...]
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Pretty Little Mixed-Use Building Under Construction Near Eastern State

Back in the day, a neighborhood laundromat operated out of a building at 702 N. 23rd St., with an apartment occupying the upper floors of the building. The laundromat closed at least a decade ago and new owners bought the property in 2012, but it appears they never found another business to take over the ground floor space. The building changed hands again in 2020, with developers purchasing the former laundromat, the vacant lot next [...]
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Condo Building Under Construction on the 1600 Block of Poplar

A reader reached out the other day, tipping us off to some ongoing construction on the 1600 block of Poplar Street, in Francisville. This block has seen a ton of new construction over the last decade - there were only four buildings on the north side of the block back in 2011 and one of them was sitting vacant and blighted. Today, it's a rather different story, with numerous quadplexes rising on both sides of [...]
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Mambo (Movers) Number Sixteen Unit Building

If you've lived in Philadelphia for any period of time, you've surely heard of local moving company Mambo Movers. Their trucks are everywhere, especially during the summer months when most people are doing their moving from one place to another. They have a memorable logo, with a drawing of two guys pushing a rhino into the back of a truck. And in case you've never visited their website, we highly recommend it as a source [...]
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Mixed-Use Coming Next to Confusingly Named West Market Post Office

Fun fact - the US Post Office West Market branch isn't located on Market Street, but instead calls the 5000 block of Sansom Street home. Eh, it's just a half block to the south, so it's close enough, right? For our money, maybe we'd leave the incorrect street name out of the name of the branch and just name it after somebody, but nobody asked us so here we are. This post office fills about [...]
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Dickinson Lofts Turns an Old Convent Into Rental Apartments

A couple years back, we told you about a potential adaptive reuse project at 2922 Dickinson St., more commonly known as the Saint Gabriel convent. This building was constructed in 1914 and and inhabited by nuns for generations, through the heyday of the Saint Gabriel Parish on the north side of the 2900 block of Dickinson. As you're surely aware, the Catholic church isn't quite the presence in Philadelphia that it once was, and even [...]
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