Just north of Old City and Washington Square and west of Northern Liberties, this historic neighborhood offers a bustle of activity including well known restaurants, shopping, and more.  Walking distance to UARTS, Art Institute, Temple University, and public transportation.  Chinatown offers affordable rentals in the heart of downtown Philadelphia. Other close neighborhoods include the Loft District to the north and Fairmount to the west.

New Renderings for 51 Units of Affordable Senior Housing at 9th & Vine

For over five years, we've been following the up and downs at 800-30 Vine St., where a city-owned parking lot bound by Race, Vine, 8th, and 9th Streets was tapped for redevelopment. Years ago, we told you that the Equal Justice Center was planned at this location. Had it happened, would have housed multiple legal services in one transit-accessible spot, which would have been terrific. Alas, that plan has seemingly fallen through, but an update [...]
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Something New on the Horizon for Former Equal Justice Center Lot?

The surface parking lot at 800-30 Vine St. is one that has had high hopes for a while, including back in 2017 when the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority issued an RFP for a socially conscious development of the site. This was a first for the city, as they asked for proposals to describe the social impact on the community and city. The winning proposal from Pennrose, an affordable housing developer, planned for a mixed-use program centered [...]
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Sixers Likely Moving to the Fashion District, But We Had Another Thought

If you've been reading Naked Philly for a while, you know we like to check in on the Sixers from time to time (or as often as possible). After an April Fool's tease, we reported on a potential waterfront arena for the Sixers at Penn's Landing two summers ago. In what we view as a victory for the waterfront, the Sixers' proposal to add an arena as part of a mixed-use project was rejected by [...]
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Update: New Renderings and Progress for Chinatown Projects

In December of last year, we had a busy couple of weeks on 12th Street in Chinatown. First, we filled you in on two projects already underway at 225-27 N. 12th St. and 245 N. 12th St., just down the block from each other. We had elevations at the time, and a little bit later, we saw a massing rendering from RM Development. Let's start on these first, as we have a rather exciting update. [...]
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Changes Coming For Chained-off Chinatown Greyhound Station?

We've visited 10th & Arch countless times over the years, mostly thanks to the now-closed Trocadero Theatre. We're still slightly devastated that we can no longer stage dive at the Troc, the former opera house/theatre/burlesque club/iconic punk venue that operated just to the northwest of this corner for over a century. Let's quickly hop in the way back machine to give ourselves a reminder of what this stretch used to look like and how it [...]
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Yo, Wanna Live in an Apartment Over a Funeral Home?

You might recall, just last week we told you about a pair of new buildings on the 200 block of N. 12th Street. In case you don't remember the story, the tldr version is this: developers purchased two long vacant lots on this block which have been used by the adjacent surface parking lot for years, which is great because surface parking lots stink and these lots didn't really add that many parking spots anyway. [...]
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25 Units Coming in Two Buildings Near 12th & Vine

A few years back, we told you that a rather skinny surface parking lot at the southeast corner of 12th & Vine would be redeveloped by local developer Callahan Ward into a six-story apartment building with views of I-676. And we must give credit where it's due, the development team, which included ISA, was able to successfully execute a 7-unit building on a 12'-wide lot, a feat we confess we didn't imagine possible. The project [...]
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Plans Afoot to Combine a Couple Properties and Build a Hotel at 10th & Arch

A historic building that was once the home of the Methodist Episcopal Board of Church Extension and more recently art collective Space 1026 could soon undergo a rather massive evolution. 1026 Arch St. is a pretty awesome building which is difficult to photograph because of the sizable tree out front. Looking at a historic image, we see the building in its High Victorian Gothic beauty. Even though the first floor has been significantly modified over the years, [...]
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Project at 12th & Vine Will Combine Old and New

Almost five years ago, we had a story about the northwest corner of 12th & Vine, sharing some upcoming plans. The corner was, at the time, a surface parking lot, having been used as such for decades. Next door at 1209 Vine St. was the Jarvis Building, a handsome edifice that dated back about a century, originally housing the Quaker City Cab Company. For anyone of a certain age reading this, taxi cabs are like Ubers, but [...]
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Hotel Weirdness Continues at 10th & Arch

932 Arch St. has certainly experienced a strange decade. We first covered this property back in 2012, sharing the news that the one-story building would be growing by five stories, with the newly renovated building containing 20 apartments and some office space. It didn't take long before construction got started, but for whatever reason, work froze for a couple years. We checked in on the building in 2017, and the facade of the building had [...]
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