A Plan for Washington Avenue Finally Moving Forward?

For as long as we can remember, traveling on Washington Avenue has been like the wild west. Cars parked in the median, commercial deliveries double parking seemingly every other block, with cars speeding through intersections in hopes of catching the light. Washington Avenue isn't safe for drivers, pedestrians, or cyclists, and this problem has slowly worsened over time as the population on either side has grown, increasing the number of people using the street. Recently [...]
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Looking Back at 2021 and Peering Into the 2022 Crystal Ball

2021 is in the books, and it was far from business as usual. Covid looked like it was going away, then not, then yes, now no. Streeteries never went away though, except in the areas where they've been arbitrarily declared illegal. The Eagles were terrible, then not so bad, then awful, and now they're going to the playoffs. Schools were closed to start the year, and have thankfully remained open since last spring. Street sweeping [...]
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Philadelphia Has a Preservation Problem and No Idea What to Do About It

It's another day, and there's another downtown demolition in the works. A story in the Inquirer details that demolitions permits are in place for 730-32 Chestnut St., a pair of four-story buildings at the southeast corner of 8th & Chestnut. In place of these rather handsome edifices, developers are planning a seven-story building with 42 apartments and ground-floor retail. In a vacuum, this is rather exciting news, as one larger retail space is better than two [...]
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Naked Philly Makes Our Predictions for 2021

We wandered through the desert for 40 years in 2020, and now it's finally 2021 and everything is great. Right? As is generally the case, our predictions in 2020 fell way short of the mark. No, the Eagles didn't barely lose in the NFL Championship Game whose name rhymes with Duper Coal, and the Phillies did not make the playoffs. NIMBYs and YIMBYs didn't start warring RCOs. Starbucks never opened on Frankford Avenue. Rather than construction [...]
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The Results are in From the Washington Avenue Survey

Like we told you a few months back, Washington Avenue is getting repaved in 2021. This is rather monumental, since the last paving will be legally able to buy cigarettes and lottery tickets when this repaving occurs, which is to say that Washington Avenue will be getting paved for the first time in 18 years. Given the width of Washington Avenue and its role as a commercial corridor and transportation artery, there are many considerations that [...]
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Put in Your Two Cents About the Future of Washington Avenue, Probably

Washington Avenue is many things to many people. For contractors, it's a centrally located hub where they can pick up building materials and illegally park in the median with relatively little fear of getting a ticket. For the building supply companies that sell stuff to those contractors, it's a wide street that's accessible for eighteen wheelers and allows for easy double parking when customers are picking up materials. For pedestrians and bikers, it's a terrifying [...]
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Naked Philly Predicts What’s to Come in 2020

Christmas is over and New Years has come and gone- it's 2020 in Philadelphia! Let's make some predictions for the coming year, shall we? We've been spending a lot of time meditating and thinking prognosticating thoughts, so hopefully we can do better than our middling performance in 2019. Here we go... What do we see? January: A new City Council is inaugurated, and it's the most progressive legislative body in the history of Philadelphia. Even though the Mayor [...]
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Looking Back at Our 2019 Predictions, We Should Bet on Sports More Often

Nostradamus had the right idea, living in the 16th century and making predictions many years into the future. In giving himself that kind of lead time, it afforded him a certain flexibility that we simply don't exactly have when we make annual predictions for happenings in the sports and real estate worlds in Philadelphia. And so Nostradamus is widely regarded as one of the greatest seers in history, if you believe in that sort of thing. [...]
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A Home Fit For a President in the Hudson River Valley

Okay, we know the Hudson River Valley isn't in Philadelphia. But last night, we saw a series of tweets from @lindsaykap about a listing in Wappingers Falls, New York, and we feel compelled to pass it along to the universe. On its face, the $2.8M listing for 126 Old Hopewell Rd. looks like a fairly straightforward mansion in the woods. Overhead view of the home Looking at the first images from the listing, the interior doesn't seem all that unusual. The [...]
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Naked Philly Looks Forward to 2019

The ball has dropped, the fireworks have exploded in the foggy distance, and your hangover is almost definitely gone. You walked into the office today and it's a full house for the first time in weeks. And your co-workers are ready to... get to work? Wow, this feels weird. Yes folks, the holiday season is officially behind us, which means it's time to buckle up and get ready for a wild and crazy 2019. With the new year [...]
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