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New apartment building, at 1601 Washington Avenue, may be the beginning of change on Washington Avenue

Washington Avenue, west of Broad Street, is a historically industrial street.  For decades it was lined with active factories and warehouses, the largest industrial corridor in South Philadelphia not adjacent to the waterfront.  As time went by, most of the … Continue reading

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Long vacant Mt. Sinai Hospital buildings to be renovated into apartments in Pennsport

Last summer I wrote about the Pennsport neighborhood in South Philadelphia.  Pennsport is south of Washington Avenue and just east of Columbus Boulevard, and it includes Jefferson Square and Dickinson Square Parks.  While the neighborhood is solidly middle-class and has … Continue reading

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Museum Towers II is another big apartment development in Fairmount (Franklintown), but also has some townhouses

Another major rental housing development is about to be built in the Fairmount (Franklintown) neighborhood, just north of the Ben Franklin Parkway.  This new development will be an extension of the Museum Towers apartment building at 18th and Spring Garden and … Continue reading

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New apartment development, with a major grocery store, could be transformative for Chestnut East

A new apartment and retail development, on the 1100 block of Chestnut Street, could lead to a long-awaited transformation of this stretch of Chestnut Street, adjacent to Thomas Jefferson University and Hospital.  Chestnut Street East has been somewhat depressed for … Continue reading

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Folsom Powerhouse will add some of the most modern and sustainable housing in the Francisville neighborhood

My second article on this blog was about the up-and-coming Francisville neighborhood, just north of the Spring Garden neighborhood.  Francisville is the oldest neighborhood of North Philadelphia and the original streets were laid out to be parallel and perpendicular to … Continue reading

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FringeArts creates new performance and artistic hub on the Delaware waterfront

The Philly Fringe/Live Arts Festival is a unique, avant-garde arts festival held in the city every September.  Fringe festivals have become popular, in some cities, as a way to show unusual and avant-garde performances that wouldn’t normally be seen in … Continue reading

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Rodin Square, a large apartment complex with a mega-sized Whole Foods in Fairmount, will begin construction soon

Another large apartment complex, this time with a one acre-plus sized Whole Foods supermarket, is going to break ground soon in the Fairmount neighborhood.  This complex will be called Rodin Square and it will be behind the Rodin Museum, and just … Continue reading

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Liberty Square, another large, new apartment complex in South Kensington at 1203 Germantown Avenue, to be built soon

Another new apartment complex is planned for South Kensington, between Germantown Avenue and American Street, across the street from the future site of Soko Lofts.  This new complex, to be called Liberty Square and being developed by Blackstone Development and designed by … Continue reading

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Hub II to begin construction at long last

If you’ve been to 40th & Chestnut Streets in University City, you’ve likely seen The Hub, a multi-colored apartment highrise, which is home to Jose Garces‘s restaurant, Distrito, on the northeast corner of the intersection.  The Hub was built a … Continue reading

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New luxury apartment tower at 1919 Market Street, in Center City, is about to begin construction

Another highrise luxury apartment tower is soon to break ground in Center City, at 1919 Market Street, on the corner of 20th & Market Streets.  This new tower is on the site of a conspicuous lawn right in the middle … Continue reading

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