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Northern Liberties: The Nuance Behind The Neighborhood

Northern Liberties: The Nuance Behind The Neighborhood

Someone walking down American Street through Northern Liberties would see many sleek, modern homes mixed with niche places to shop and eat. They might hear echoes of thumping and clanking from new construction and definitely a few barking dogs. The neighborhood wasn’t always a hub of expansion. Similar to small towns along the Rust Belt, […]

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Northern Liberties: Out With the Old, In With the New

Northern Liberties: Out With the Old, In With the New

Like other parts of the city, Northern Liberties’ housing market has rapidly expanded in recent years. It seems as if every other street is restricted by orange construction barricades. By the time the seasons change, they’re gone, a new building is up and an old brick home is being demolished. New construction often comes with […]

 

Hawthorne and Graduate Hospital: Two Broad and Washington Developments Envision ‘Gateway’ to Center City

Hawthorne and Graduate Hospital: Two Broad and Washington Developments Envision ‘Gateway’ to Center City

One mile from the hustle and bustle of Center City and the Avenue of the Arts, sits as an underused intersection. Instead of boasting buildings blending with the structures synonymous with Center City, two large parcels of land at the intersection of Broad Street and Washington Avenue sit vacant. One lot is fenced-in and trash-strewn, the other […]

 

South of South Street: Five Improvements in the Works

South of South Street: Five Improvements in the Works

Residents living south of South Street have witnessed rapid change over the last decade. From Ori Feibush’s new construction and rehabilitated homes to closing shops and bars, the area has been in a constant state of flux. According to census data, the area’s African-American population decreased more than 25 percent between 2000 and 2010, while white residents have nearly doubled […]

 

Casino: Potential Casinos and Their Impact on City Planning

Casino: Potential Casinos and Their Impact on City Planning

The recipient of the second Philadelphia casino license has yet to be named by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. While a second casino could increase tax revenue for the city, it is unclear what will happen to the proposed locations that are not awarded the second license. When the license was revoked from the Foxwoods […]

 

Callowhill: Community Organizations Stand Up Against The Provence

While we slowly inch closer to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board announcing the location of Philadelphia’s second gaming license, opponents of the five potential locations are making themselves heard. Local real-estate mogul Bart Blatstein’s The Provence, a 424,000-square-foot entertainment project planned for the old Inquirer building at Broad and Callowhill streets is generating a lot […]

 By Alexis Sachdev and Dominique T. Johnson

Logan: After 25 Years, Plans to Redevelop Triangle Still Sunk

Weeds burst through cracked sidewalks and ivy sprawls up telephone poles. Rubble of what once held homes together – fiberboard, insulation and brick – forms small mountains at the streets’ edges. Strewn books, spilled spice jars, abandoned work boots and winter coats, broken toilets and rusted electronics collect mildew under fallen leaves. This is what […]

 By Jillian Mallon

Spring Garden: Businesses Revitalize North Broad Street

Spring Garden: Businesses Revitalize North Broad Street

[vimeo 63984846] The portion of North Broad Street which runs along side the Spring Garden neighborhood now hosts a business district with a variety of restaurants and residential properties. The addition of these establishments within the last decade has transformed the streetscape. The idea of revitalizing North Broad Street was initially proposed by the Philadelphia City Planning Commission […]