Monthly Archives: March 2011

Philadelphia 2035

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission is about to complete their long-awaited Philadelphia 2035 Citywide Plan.  Philadelphia 2035 is a comprehensive plan to guide the city’s development and policy planning for the next 25 years.  I recently attended the Philadelphia 2035 Open House … Continue reading

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More redevelopment in Mantua

If you’ve ever been down 34th Street, in Mantua, on the way to the Philadelphia Zoo, then you have passed by Mt. Vernon Manor.  Mt. Vernon Manor is a 125-unit low-income garden apartment complex built in the late 1970s by … Continue reading

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New Cira developments would give University City a new skyline

The Cira Centre building next to 30th Street Station, in University City, is a dramatic presence on the city’s skyline.  It is a 28-storey office building, designed by architect Cesar Pelli, with outer walls and a roof at diagonal angles … Continue reading

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The nation’s largest produce terminal about to open in Southwest Philadelphia

Many people don’t know this, but the Port of Philadelphia is the largest port in the U.S. for the import of fresh produce.  It is, also, the port where the majority of the country’s winter produce from Chile comes in … Continue reading

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Barnes Foundation will dramatically enhance the Parkway

As many people know, the Ben Franklin Parkway has a treasure trove of great museums.  And it is, probably, also well known that the Parkway Museum District is about to get a dramatic and prominent new addition when the Barnes … Continue reading

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New apartments and retail at 21st & South

The 2100 block of South Street has been a little dull for some time now.  While the south side of the street has several little stores and restaurants, the north side is dominated by an unused building that was once … Continue reading

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At long last, Convention Center expansion is finally done

After more than a decade of planning, lobbying the state legislature, and construction, the huge expansion of the Pennsylvania Convention Center is finally complete and open for business.  The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau had an opening event last Friday.  The … Continue reading

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New building for the Curtis Institute of Music is about to be downloaded onto Locust Street

Those who have wandered past the corner of 18th & Locust Streets have undoubtedly seen the fancy historic building on the southeast corner, across the street from Rittenhouse Square Park.  The building is home to the prestigious Curtis Institute of … Continue reading

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New office building on Walnut

At the Planning Commission meeting a couple of weeks ago, Liberty Property Trust unveiled plans for a new highrise office tower on top of the garage at the southwest corner of 8th & Walnut Streets.  Liberty Property is, of course, … Continue reading

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North Broad continues to get swanky

About a month ago, city officials and developer Eric Blumenfeld broke ground for the first of a series of more than half a dozen upscale, market rate residential developments that will start to be built in central lower North Philadelphia … Continue reading

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