This Philadelphia neighborhood, adjacent to Center City, puts you in close proximity to Northern Liberties, The Art Museum area, Center City, and Temple University.  The Loft District, is close to I-95, 76, the Broad Street Line, shopping, restaurants, and night life.  This area is perfect for professionals and students seeking to find a loft or condo near Center City. Close neighborhoods include Art Museum, Fairmount, and Logan Square to the west, Chinatown and Washington Square to the south, and Northern Liberties to the east.

The Cliffs – Coming Soon to 10th & Callowhill

We were traveling across town the other day and spied a sign posted to an old warehouse building at the southwest corner of 10th & Callowhill which indicated that change is coming soon. If you've noticed the two-tone building at this corner before, you probably haven't thought twice about it, due to its blah appearance. The location actually has a pretty interesting history according to Hidden City, having been the site of a circus around the time [...]
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A Storage Facility Near Broad & Spring Garden?

Last fall, we told you that the surface parking lot at 1314 Spring Garden St. had shut down, to our surprise. This was an unexpected development because the lot was clearly getting quite a bit of use before it ceased operations. Overhead view from when the parking lot was in use We reached out to the company listing the property for sale, and they explained that the business model didn’t work anymore for this parking lot [...]
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New Spot for Elixr in the Goldtex Building

Last week, Michael Klein sounded the alarm that Elixr was opening a 2nd location at 315 N. 12th St., in the first floor space at the Goldtex Building. The story indicated a soft opening on Thursday, and that they were giving out free coffee. We enjoy free stuff as much as anyone, so we jetted over there to grab a cup of the good stuff. And as we've experienced many times at Elixr, the stuff was [...]
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The New Rail Park is One of the Less Shady Places We’ve Visited

The Philadelphia and Reading Rail Road Company was one of the most significant companies in US history, emerging as the largest company in the world shortly after the Civil War. This company not only controlled rail road lines, as the name suggests, but also owned an enormous coal interest, primarily focusing on mines in central and northeastern Pennsylvania. You might have heard of the Reading Rail Road from Monopoly, or maybe you remember that Reading controlled [...]
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Sixteen Stories For Long Vacant Triangle on Spring Garden Street?

There's 30K sqft triangular lot that's bounded by Ridge Avenue, Buttonwood Street, and 12th Street, but the address is 1126 Spring Garden St. because it's got a little bit of frontage on Spring Garden Street as well. It's been sitting vacant for as long as we remember, but back in the day it was home to a lumber yard and before that, a brass works. We wondered about the property back in 2013, noting that it had been [...]
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Development Opportunity in Callowhill, But Historic Fight Could Loom

Walk around Old City long enough, and you'll eventually encounter some people touring the area in a horse drawn carriage. We've always found this phenomenon to be a little strange, and after a couple of unfortunate incidents, we learned that it's extra important to look down when crossing the street in this neck of the woods. Further, we suspected that the lifestyle wasn't exactly wonderful for the horses, who surely didn't enjoy walking around town as [...]
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Popular Parking Lot Closes on Spring Garden Street

A reader tipped us off that the parking lot at 1314 Spring Garden St. closed down recently, as we confess, we were caught by surprise. You can see, this parking lot got plenty of use when it was operational, and it seems strange that the owners would shut it down. Overhead view from when the lot was operating Alas, now the parking lot is sitting empty and unloved. Empty parking lot You'll notice, there's a [...]
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Apartment Building in the Works on an Ugly Spring Garden Corner

The 900 block of Spring Garden Street is really odd. It's home to Roy Pitz Barrel House, Sazon, and W/N W/N, three quality restaurants, and also a gun range. The block is bisected by the tail end of the Reading viaduct, and the former Spring Garden Station sits vacant and blighted on its northern side. It never occurred to us that there would be a viable parcel on the south side of the block, to the east of [...]
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Union Transfer Getting a New Neighbor?

The commercial corridor on Spring Garden Street, east of Broad, has made some major strides over the last several years, as the neighborhoods to the north and south have improved. The biggest changes have been Union Transfer, the music venue that took over the Spaghetti Warehouse space on the 1000 block a few years back, and 990 Spring Garden, the government building turned office loft space which is also home to Roy Pitz Barrel House. There's [...]
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Vacant Callowhill Building About to Come Out of “Heiding?”

We've seen an increasing amount of development activity in the Callowhill neighborhood, but some prominent vacancy remains. One example is the Heid Building, at 325 N. 13th St., which has been sitting empty for over a decade. According to Hidden City, the eight-story building was originally built in 1927, after an amazingly short 7-month construction schedule. It's known as the Heid building because it was once home to the Frank P. Heid & Company, a hat manufacturer. [...]
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