Monthly Archives: January 2011

Piazza! Piazza!

Everyone who lives in, or has been to, Philadelphia in the last couple of years has likely heard of the Piazza at Schmidts.  For those not familiar with it, the Piazza at Schmidts is a large retail and residential development … Continue reading

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Redeveloping Sharswood

The neighborhood north of Girard Avenue and west of Broad Street is near Temple University, but it is not populated mostly by students like the neighborhood just west of the campus.  This neighborhood, that is too far north to be … Continue reading

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Big happenings

In the past two weeks, several things have happened that will all affect Philadelphia’s economy in a big way for generations.  And all these things involved some sort of approval from government agencies or the courts.  Let’s examine these important … Continue reading

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New highrise at 19th & Arch

At the Planning Commission meeting this past Tuesday, there was an interesting new proposal for a highrise at 19th & Arch Streets.  It’s not the previously proposed American Commerce Center at the same intersection, but a nice proposal that would … Continue reading

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A walk up Passyunk Avenue

Passyunk Avenue, in South Philadelphia, is one of the oldest and busiest shopping streets in the city.  Originally a Native-American trail, the name Passyunk derives from the Native-American term, “pachgesink”, which means “place between the hills” or “in the valley”.  Where … Continue reading

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Mantua Hall becomes Mantua Square

Living in the Powelton neighborhood, Mantua Hall, in adjacent Mantua at 36th Street & Fairmount Avenue, had become a familiar sight over time.  It was an 18-storey highrise housing project visible from University City and the Schuylkill Expressway.  So, of course, … Continue reading

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Some words about the fire at 48th & Walnut

I just wanted to say a few words about the massive fire at the Windemere Court Apartments at 48th & Walnut Streets that happened on Monday.  While no one was hurt, the fire was still tragic because about 100 people lost … Continue reading

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