Historic Old City is the birthplace of Philadelphia, and home to a number of attractions including the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and Penns Landing.   Along with the historic attractions, residents of Old City are within walking distance to numerous bars, restaurants, theaters, art galleries, and clubs.  Weekly and seasonal events keep the streets bustling with activity throughout the year, including concerts at Penns Landing, First Friday art galleries, and cultural activities galore.  With only a 5 minute walk to Center City, residents of Old City are just a few blocks away from the Convention Center, Chinatown, City Hall, Washington Square, Society Hill, Queen's Village, Northern Liberties, and Bella Vista. Old City is also conveniently located in close proximity to all the major highways, I-76, 676, and I-95.

Park at Penn’s Landing Gets Final Design Approval from Art Commission

After first setting our eyes on a vision nearly a decade ago, it appears that a final design is in place for the long awaited Park at Penn's Landing, which will dramatically replace the hot and hardscaped Great Plaza. After several years of updates and iterations, engineering and approvals, the Philadelphia Art Commission recently gave unanimous and resounding approval to the final design to the park. This is a hugely crucial step to turning this [...]
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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: Historical Commission Gives a Thumbs Up to The Ben

It was less than a month ago when we returned to 160-64 N. 2nd St. in Old City, when new plans were revealed for the corner of 2nd & Race, which has had plenty of proposals over the years. When we last checked in, plans were still being finalized after a presentation to the Architectural Committee of the Historical Commission were not approved due to a few design concerns from the committee. While we liked the [...]
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Left at the Altar: No Fairytale Ending for the Painted Bride

Real estate development often comes with its ups and its downs, with the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, for reasons that are sometimes anticipated and sometimes seemingly out of nowhere. What seems like a slam dunk project can turn into a horrific brick (sometimes literally), and it pains us to say that 230 Vine St., now the former home of the Painted Bride Art Center, may soon fall into the latter category. [...]
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Another Proposal for Vine Street at the Northern Edge of Old City

There's a funny little nook at the north end of Old City thanks to the criss-cross of off-ramps and nearby highways, and separated from the rest of the neighborhood by the Ben Franklin Bridge. This area is typically pretty sleepy, consisting of a mix of historic rowhomes, apartment conversions in former industrial buildings, mixed in with the occasional small business that pops up in sometimes surprising places. The lot at 416-24 Vine St. is one [...]
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Update: Preliminary Details Emerge for “The Ben” in Old City

The range of building functions, ages, and styles in Old City is nothing short of amazing. From some of the most treasured places in America to some of the most nondescript low-rise structures you can imagine, this neighborhood has a bit of something for everyone. Today we are returning yet again to a couple of these less exciting buildings at 160-64 N. 2nd St. at the southwest corner of 2nd & Race. There have been [...]
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A Slam Dunk Project Rehabs Former Old City Art Gallery

If you thought that the pairing of director David Lynch and Duke Basketball had nothing to do with Old City real estate development, you would be mistaken! This is an example of that classic tale where art films and alley oops cross paths to reinvent a historic building. OK, we know you're likely confused by now. But with the on-going work at 122 N. 3rd St., we can start to make some sense of all [...]
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Quadplex Ongoing Close to Callowhill Mega-Project

Back in the frigid days of February, we scouted a single-family home going up right next to I-95 on Callowhill Street, just a short jaunt from Old City, Northern Liberties, and the waterfront. That home has been making major progress, though that's not the reason we're back here today. Let's check out where we've been, where we are, and what's coming for this large home from Abitare Design Studio before we get to what's new [...]
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Old City Addition Reaches Its Apex After Redesign

Last July, we filled you in on the plans for an addition to 223-25 Market St., a building constructed in 1960 within the Old City Historic District. While not a contributing building, given its location in the district, any additions require approval of the Historical Commission. As you can see below, the more modern initial version has been updated to reflect the architectural context of the neighborhood. As you can also see below, progress is [...]
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Development Updates Along the Delaware River Waterfront

Today, we're bringing you a new feature for Naked Philly. Come along and join us as lead blogger Jack O'Brien takes us through many of the exciting developments underway along the Delaware River Waterfront. The waterfront is going through a massive reinvention, with the grand opening of the Delaware River Trail taking place just today. Be sure to check out the stories below on each of these projects for all of the exciting details. New [...]
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