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    • sprouts

Grocery stores are popping up in Philadelphia. Don't be fooled, the boom is over

As the sun peaked over the High School for Creative and Performing Arts across South Broad Street, a crowd of more 200 people stood on line in front of a new…

    • Properties in the neighborhoods surrounding Drexel University offer apartments for a burgeoning student population.

As Drexel transforms University City, communities nearby prepare for gentrification

When Schuylkill Yards was first announced – Brandywine Realty Trust’s proposal to turn 14 acres of largely empty, Drexel University-owned land between the college and 30th Street Station into 7 million…

    • The cost of residential construction is high in Philadelphia, the fourth most expensive building market in the U.S.

As Philadelphia considers scrapping tax abatement, new report provides debate fodder for both sides

As City Hall debates how best to find more money for Philadelphia’s schools, a new report from the real estate firm Houwzer aims to dissuade politicians from cutting the 10-year property-tax…

    • Kensington

Recent court ruling opens a door for homeowners to appeal tax bill

Taxes and lawsuits are unpleasant things. Most of us would prefer to avoid them all together and begrudgingly pay an accountant or lawyer to handle them if we must. Most of…

    • Garnet Street resident Alison Stohr introduces Betty Beaufort during a rally in front of Beaufort's home

In ongoing fight over Smith School site, RCOs get an F from both neighbors and the developer

Friday afternoon, around 30 Point Breeze residents gathered on the 1300 block of Garnet Street to air recriminations aimed at the developer converting the former Smith School site into nearly 100…

    • A skyline photo of Center City taken from West Philadelphia.

“Quality of Life” is Philadelphia’s biggest selling point. Can it survive an Amazonian invasion?

Like nearly every other city in North America, Philadelphia is putting the final touches on its bid to convince Amazon to build its second headquarters here ahead of Thursday’s deadline. The…

    • Drew Nugent and his band play while the Peek-A-Book Revue gets ready to start dancing the Charleston at a realtor's open house in East Kensington.

As Philadelphia’s housing market booms, economists warn the city may be in a bubble—or something worse

Stephanie Somers knows how to throw a party. At an open house for a set of townhouses built out the shell of an 105-year-old rectory, the realtor picked a Prohibition theme.…

    • Conceptual rendering of Drexel Square at JFK Boulevard

Community leaders hopeful as Brandywine and Penn Medicine commit to local and minority hiring for upcoming projects

Philadelphia’s leaders gathered Tuesday under the gilded trim of the Mayor’s reception room in City Hall to celebrate a job well done on work that’s yet to begin. Joined by city…

    • Sidewalk closed | Hammed Mu'min, EOTS Flickr Group

Council advances bill aimed at unblocking sidewalks

On Friday, Philadelphia City Council’s streets committee advanced a bill to address a frustration for Philadelphians: sidewalks shut down by nearby construction. Blocked sidewalks are one of those “good problems” for…

    • reading viaduct city branch

Reuse of the City Branch for transit or trails unlikely, but proposed development isn't to blame

When plans for a new mixed-use development at 15th and Hamilton streets in Spring Garden were posted online in advance of this month’s Civic Design Review, the project caused a stir…

    • Two Flags | Michael Klusek, Flickr

Investor green card program that has greenlit Philly’s building boom faces uncertain future

Not all immigrants arrive tired, poor, or huddled in masses. Some are quite wealthy and rely on a program that trades green cards for massive investments—foreign dollars that have helped spark…

    • Jewelers Row

Past mistake: Preservationists hope city will learn from Jewelers Row threat

A developer’s proposal to replace five properties on Jewelers Row with a 16-story, 80-unit luxury condominium has Philadelphia’s small preservation community up in arms. While preservation advocates aren’t ready to concede…

    • Rendering of Lincoln Square | Alterra

Mixed-use proposals for Washington Avenue west advance at City Council amid mixed community support

A pair of large, mixed-use developments proposed for the western half of Washington Avenue stepped a bit closer to reality yesterday as a city council committee advanced legislative rezoning for the…

    • City Council should approve a new zoning code on Thursday.

O’Neill bill to codify councilmanic prerogative amended, but opposition remains

Councilman Brian O’Neill’s bill requiring a district councilmember’s support for any proposed subdivision was amended during a Rules Committee hearing on Tuesday, but the proposed changes failed to ameliorate the bill’s…

    • 13th & Washington | Cope Linder

Councilman Johnson introduces bill to stop Bart Blatstein’s proposed Broad and Washington development

Councilman Kenyatta Johnson has listened to the critics and he’s doing something about it. Not his critics, though: Bart Blatstein’s, who have lambasted the real estate developer’s plans for a massive…

    • Rendering of the proposed pedestrian bridge over Lancaster Avenue

Villanova is going dancing… on a new pedestrian bridge over US 30

No matter what happens in tonight’s Sweet 16 matchup against Miami, Villanovans have cause to celebrate: the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) approved $4.5 million in state funding for a…

    • Rendering of the new entrance to reopened tunnel between 30th Street Station and SEPTA's subway and trolley station

30th Street Station District draft plan: Reopen SEPTA tunnel by 2020, cap rail yards by 2050

The 30th Street Station District team released a draft plan for overhauling the station and the surrounding area in advance of the plan’s penultimate public feedback meeting, which will be…

    • Conceptual rendering of Schuylkill Yards, a site being put forth for Amazon's second headquarters | Brandywine Realty Trust

With new Schuylkill Yards, Drexel and Brandywine promise development without displacement

Standing before a room packed with Philadelphia’s preeminent businessmen, power lawyers, labor leaders, and politicians, Drexel University President John Fry unveiled Schuylkill Yards, a 14-acre, $3.5 billion plan to create a…

    • Formerly a Horn & Hardart, 1025-29 Chestnut St has sat empty since 1999

Parking Authority and Brickstone in talks for two more buildings in booming Market East

For decades, most of the neighborhood surrounding Market East has been an urban desert, a sad, gray stretch of moribund office spaces, vacant storefronts, discount retail, and not much else. It…

    • Rendering of 9th Street Station in Lansdale

New SEPTA station in Lansdale set to spur transit-oriented development

The opening of a new SEPTA station has developers and officials planning new high-density apartments over ground floor retail, full of new gastropubs, artisanal cafes and independent breweries attracting highly mobile…

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