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The Corner of 17th & Fairmount Has Two Updates on Tap

Fairmount Ave. west of Broad Street is one of the quaintest commercial stretches in the city. It feels like its own little hamlet, yet it sits remarkably close to Logan Circle and Center City, with the low-rise buildings lining the stretch creating a very human scaled experience. We were here earlier this year at the corner of 18th Street, and now we're shuffling a block to the east to the corner of 17th & Fairmount, [...]
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Get Pumped for the Pump House, Coming Soon to Lehigh Ave.

Drive on Lehigh Avenue, and it's nearly impossible to miss the huge, muraled wall that sits just past Tulip St. at 2157 E. Lehigh Ave., near the convergence of Fishtown, Kensington and Port Richmond. This hulking wall sits immediately adjacent to Lehigh Ave., with nary a sidewalk separating it from the paved lanes of traffic. We were here back in 2019, when we told you about plans for four buildings to rise as part of [...]
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Update: A New Design for an Old City Apartment Building

It is most certainly fun to report on big news, especially when it's the type of news that has the potential to be a positive force within a neighborhood. Other times, it can be enjoyable when there are more subtle issues at hand, which is exactly why 416-24 Vine St. in Old City is back on our radar. It was only a couple months back when we showed you plans to replace a low-rise industrial [...]
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Update: Calder Gardens on the Parkway Looks to Reinvent What a “Museum” Can Be

It was just last week when we dropped the news that things appeared to be moving forward for the Alexander Calder "sanctuary" that had long been planned for the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. We had zoning documents to give us some idea of what to expect, but we are happy to report that thanks to an Inquirer article from Inga Saffron, that blurry vision has now come into focus. We had mentioned that plans from Herzog [...]
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A Surprisingly Large Project Rises Under the Radar at 49th & Spruce

It isn't often when large development projects fall off our radar, but consider 4900 Spruce St. one of those that slipped between the cracks for the last few years. We neglected to mention this project, which sits nestled up against Barkan Park, when we were nearby a couple months back to check on a different project in the works at 48th & Spruce. That project calls for 170 units, and this one at 4900 Spruce [...]
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Another Southern Northern Liberties Tower Close to Commencing

The building standing at 416-38 Spring Garden St. is certainly not one of the more memorable ones you'll come across in this lovely city of ours. Though it has served an important purpose for years while also sporting the lovely The Value of Family mural by artist Eric Okdeh, the low-rise structure is becoming more and more out of place along this suddenly bustling stretch. It was last summer when we first gave a glimpse [...]
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Homes, Smell Ya Later: West Philly Buildings to be Demoed

West Philly has long been one of our favorite parts of the city from an architectural standpoint, and we're not alone in that opinion. The wide variety of older homes and buildings gives this part of town a character all of its own. Like we've said many times, they don't build 'em like they used to. So it was especially heart-wrenching when we got word that demolition is on the way for several structures around [...]
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Urban Axes Getting Axed, More Units Coming in East Kensington

When it comes to East Kensington, we could probably navigate the area walking backwards with our eyes shut at this point, as we keep coming back to this busy little area over and over again. And here we are once more, as there seem to be plans afoot for 2019-53 E. Boston St., the current home to Viking Mill Artist Studios and Urban Axes. This area is so busy, in fact, that we covered the [...]
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Permits Issued for Alexander Calder “Sanctuary” on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

The Benjamin Franklin Parkway is one of the more striking boulevards in the entire country, if we may offer up a rather Philly-centric perspective. It's great, with all the trees and museums and such, evoking the Champs Elysees but lacking a giant arch. Yeah, we know it's a challenge to navigate for cars and pedestrians alike. And it ain't too great for folks on bikes, either. Thankfully, there is a push by the City to [...]
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Arthaus on the Avenue of the Arts Is Looking Even More Move-in Ready

Every now and then, the timing of our site visits can be quite serendipitous, with our arrival coinciding with some sort of fun or cool event (Note: our definition of "fun" and "cool" might be biased towards this sort of thing). It had been a minute since we stopped in at the Arthaus, Dranoff Properties' new luxury condo tower at 301 S. Broad St. along the Avenue of the Arts. Rewind to almost a decade [...]
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