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.

Could You Would You on Wood Street?

The 1000 block of Wood Street doesn't seem like a natural fit for development at first glance. It's half a block from the Vine Street Expressway. The block is lined with warehouses that contain, among other businesses, a food distributor, an art gallery, and a tofu factory. Though the viaduct nearby might soon become a park, it more looms over the area than benefits it right now. On the other hand, the Goldtex building is […]


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A Noble Development Next to the Viaduct

In March, we told you about plans for a bunch of apartments on the 1200 block of Noble Street, a block that we'd bypassed in the past on numerous occasions. It actually extends over 13th Street and has an entrance to the Reading Viaduct which should someday be a wonderful park, Philly's version of the High Line. In the past, this parcel was a large parking lot. Now a bunch of buildings have risen. New […]


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Delorean Time Machine: Packard Motor Car Building

In the late 1800s, North Broad Street was a collection of retail outlets, residences and industrial use-buildings.  The small stretch of Broad between Wood and Pearl Streets is a perfect demonstration of this mix.  The photo below, taken from the Philadelphia Department of Records shows the East side of this stretch in 1895.  Assorted retail and industrial buildings occupying 315-321 N. Broad St., 1895 Like much of the surrounding North Broad Street area, the block would spend […]


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Brightening Up the Callowhill Substation with Art

Aside from the excellent Trestle Inn, the intersection of 11th & Callowhill is all kinds of rough. Up above you'll find the old Reading viaduct. While it may someday be a wonderful elevated park, it will never be great to pass underneath. Just to the north is the Callowhill substation, a fenced-in area that contains a bunch of electrical equipment that we have to think makes electricity happen in a big chunk of the city. […]


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Unexpectedly, a Single Family Home Coming to Callowhill

When you think of Callowhill, you probably first think of tall buildings that were formerly warehouses or factories that have (or have not) been converted into offices or apartments. Or maybe the Reading Viaduct, which will hopefully become a park someday soon comes to mind. What you probably don't think about is the development of single family homes. Who thinks of such a thing? But that's exactly what's happening soon at 1211 Wood St., where […]


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A Bundle of Apartments Getting Started on Noble Street

We confess, we'd never been to the 1200 block of Noble Street before yesterday. If you'd like to visit this block, you can only access it via Broad Street or 12th Street- it actually runs above 13th Street which is probably why we've repeatedly missed it over the years. Perhaps the most interesting thing about this block is that is contains an access point for the Reading Viaduct and may (hopefully someday soon) become an […]


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Apartments Coming to Buttonwood Street

We got an email the other day from a reader with news about a new project in the works for the 1300 block of Buttonwood Street. A couple months ago, we updated you on two projects on the 1200 block of Buttonwood Street and a couple years back we wondered whether a large parcel on this block could see massive redevelopment. Still hasn't happened, sadly. While the corner lot on this block remains vacant, 1325 Buttonwood […]


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Visiting the Bumpin’ 1300 Block of Buttonwood

It's been many months since our last visit to the 1300 block of Buttonwood, where two projects have been ongoing for most of the year. It's an interesting study on this block at the northern end of Callowhill, where a rehab project sits adjacent to a new construction building. In the past For years, 1231-35 Buttonwood St. was a blighted mess. The three properties were boarded up and looked like they should have been condemned. […]


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You Too Can Buy and Redevelop a Building in the Loft District!

Since before it opened last September, we’ve been talking up Union Transfer and the neighborhoods that surround it. Along Spring Garden Street, restaurants have sprung up, along with a neighborhood coffee and tea spot. To the north, the “Spring Arts” neighborhood continues to see rapid redevelopment, with even more on the horizon. And to the south, the Loft District has seen some new construction and adaptive reuse, but additional development opportunities remain. Which brings us to […]


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Another Nice Project Coming to Buttonwood Street

Last week, we told you about plans to construct a large building on the 1200 block of Buttonwood Street, next door to the most excellent Prohibition Taproom. Well, it seems like the development spirit is alive and well on this block, as we have news today about another development that’s apparently coming to this block, after being approved by the ZBA in January. This project will take place on the vacant lot at the southeast […]


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