As development has continued unabated in Northern Liberties, some of the good vibes have made their way up to the southern section of Kensington. This neighborhood is a bit of a mixed bag. Some blocks are pretty much intact. Other blocks have a significant amount of vacant land. Still others have old warehouse buildings which are in either in use and well maintained or sitting vacant. In the last couple of years, this area has seen all kinds of redevelopment. Vacant lots are slowly being filled in, warehouses are being converted to apartments and offices, and a couple of very large projects are on the boards that could transform the neighborhood. This is definitely a neighborhood to watch in the years to come, and will become an ever more interesting place to live as more development occurs and additional amenities arrive.

A Holiday-appropriate Check-in Along N. American St.

Given the recent holiday weekend, we couldn't help but think of N. American Street, one of many patriotically named streets in the city. This street in South Kensington has seen an influx of development that is rivaled by few other areas in town. North American Street north of Girard Ave. was one of the least pedestrian-friendly streets in the city forever, with its width seemingly more suitable for a parking lot than a through street. [...]
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Final Phase of Avenue V Planned at 5th & Cecil B. Moore

If you haven't been down Cecil B. Moore Ave. in South Kensington recently, you may struggle to place yourself given the massive changes to the area. One of the biggest differences is due to the first two phases of Avenue V, a project we first covered back in 2018, brought to us by the Riverwards Group. As you can see below, Phase I is complete and Phase II is getting very close to the finish [...]
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Update: 150 W. Berks St. Plans Come To Light

We admit it: we are in fact human. Despite our best efforts, we sometimes don't nail it when we look into our development crystal ball. Details can change, information can be out of date, but we always try to keep our guess rate above a certain former Sixer's free throw percentage. And we don't mean Dwight Howard, folks. Pondering our development orb As we mentioned earlier this month, plans have trickled in for a large [...]
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11 New Neighbors For Refreshed Norris Square Park

Norris Square Park is wonderful park squeezed up against the meeting point of Fishtown and East Kensington. This public space was inspired by Franklin Square, one of William Penn's original five parks for the city, and has been a part of its namesake neighborhood since 1859. The low-rise lined park gives off an approachable, neighborly vibe that's missing from some of the parks with more famous names (though sign us up for any and all [...]
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A Larger Approach for Warehouse Turned Vacant Lot in South Kensington

150-64 W. Berks St., former home to Peter Woll & Sons Manufacturing Company and a very awesome ghost sign, has kept us on our toes over the last several years. After initially calling for 27 townhomes and 2 mixed-use buildings, we told you how plans changed to 23 homes and 2 small mixed-use buildings, per the details presented to CDR back in 2018. Shot of the site and some ghost signage back in 2018 Past [...]
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The Clay Studio’s New Home Is Molded in South Kensington

The Clay Studio has been a staple of the Old City neighborhood since its founding in 1974 by a collection of artist classmates.  Over the last 48 (!) years, it has become a beloved institution, engaging with various communities across the city and offering a place to create and learn. This organization has been in their current digs at 137-39 N. 2nd St. at the west end of Elfreth’s Alley since 1990, when they shared [...]
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Freshness Coming to Front Street, Near Norris Square Park

The momentum we’ve seen over the last few years on N. Front St. has shown no sign of slowing down. Development keeps creeping further north as more and more people flock to the convenience of a major transit corridor, with the El literally over your head. Oh, and being sandwiched between the South Kensington and Fishtown neighborhoods certainly doesn’t hurt either. So all aboard, as we have yet another mixed-use project coming down the pike, [...]
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An Unexpected and Awesome Addition Upcoming For South Kensington Corner

While South Kensington is home to a number of interesting industrial buildings that date back over a century, it's got more than its share of blah industrial buildings as well. The edifice at 1300 N. Howard St. is one such building, standing just one story tall and covering over an acre of real estate. It could be less interesting, as it at least has a gabled roof to give it the slightest bit of architectural [...]
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Two Projects Adding Units Around 7th & Cecil B Moore

Two new projects will soon change the corner of 7th & Cecil B Moore in a dramatic fashion, and these projects will take very different forms. This location is on the edge of South Kensington, in an area that's full of PHA homes and vacant land. But as South Kensington has continued to develop and as Temple to the west has grown as well, this area is seeing increasing interest from developers, typically with smaller, [...]
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Duplexes Will Fill a Sizable Lot at 6th & Cecil B Moore

In covering just about any new project in South Kensington, we're legally obligated to mention the neighborhood's industrial past, even as that history relates less and less to the neighborhood's present and future. As we're generally believers in abiding by the laws of the land, let's look together at 1643 N. 6th St., which is currently a large and vacant grassy lot that measures about half an acre. Looking at some historic maps though, we see [...]
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