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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…

    • Rickey Turner, 21, plays the violin outside the Made in America festival.

Vendors keep working despite L&I crackdown at Made in America

The Made in America music festival, featuring some of pop music’s biggest names, boosted the city's side hustle economy as Philadelphia vendors took advantage of thirsty crowds to make some extra…

    • A rendering of the Laborers' District Council Education and Training Center proposed for 1333 North Broad St.

Philly's only majority black building trades union planning move from the 'burbs to North Broad

If all goes as planned, Philadelphia’s only majority black building trades union and one of the only construction unions with a majority of members who live in the city will soon…

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With Wayne Junction's historic district come questions: Some old, some new

For the better part of a century, Wayne Junction was home to dozens of factories and mills. Most of that manufacturing is gone today, and the Philadelphia Historical Commission has just…

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Looking at Philadelphia from the prism of `The Divided City'

Author Alan Mallach will appear in conversation with PlanPhilly's Jake Blumgart from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 26 at Pipeline Philly, 30 S. 15th St.  I recently published a book called…

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81 new tax-free sites OK'd by City Council committee

City Council’s Finance Committee has quickly and quietly approved a bill that would create 81 separately listed, tax-free Keystone Opportunity Zones (KOZs), many of them covering multiple parcels, spanning a total…

    • A 2011 view of the elevated Reading Viaduct in the Callowhill neighborhood

In the emerging Callowhill neighborhood, making their bid for a Business Improvement District

The old factory district between Vine Street and Spring Garden is one of the last Center City-adjacent neighborhoods pocked by empty lots and vacant storefronts. Many have tried to name the…

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Eyes on the Street

The Whitewashing of Center City: Where have all the black businesses gone?

By Erica Atwood Philadelphia has been my home for more than 20 years. Born and raised right across the bridge in Camden, NJ, I have spent my entire life cheering for…

    • Starbucks chief executive officer Kevin Johnson and chief operating officer Rosalind Brewer emerge from a meeting with Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney that they said was

By admitting fault in arrest of two black men at Rittenhouse Starbucks, company may spare itself long-term damage to brand

The coffeeshop soundtrack is usually a reliable mix of inoffensive indie rock, porcelain clinking on countertops, and the caffeinated chitter chat of customers. But over the weekend and continuing on Monday,…

    • Forgive, Grow. Kensington Ave. Credit: Tishara Grayson
Eyes on the Street

Stop talking about Kensington Avenue like it’s a wasteland

By Sam Woods Thomas During my three years managing commercial corridors for the The New Kensington Community Development Corporation (NKCDC), on Kensington Avenue and several other business thoroughfares,  I got to…

    • Developer MMPartners buys the former Red Bell Brewery in Brewerytown. Credit: Colliers International Philadelphia

Developer behind West Girard revival expands its Brewerytown footprint

Brewerytown's MMPartners has purchased the former Red Bell Brewery for a tasty $4.12 million, Curbed Philly reports. The West Girard Avenue-headquartered developer plans to convert the long-vacant factory into apartments with…

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A tweak to the city's plumbing code on tap to lower housing costs, but will Philly politics stand in the way?

On Thursday, the city took a first step towards modernizing the city's plumbing code in ways that development industry insiders say could lead to more affordable housing and lowered construction costs across…

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Philadelphia a hot spot among Millennials? Not so fast, researchers say.

Philadelphia’s ability to attract millennials has fueled plenty of boastful headlines and civic booster chatter in recent years, but a new study by the Brookings Institution raises concerns about how well…

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The Navy Yard unveils new addition to Philly's first energy "microgrid"

The Navy Yard can now power itself with a new $11 million natural gas-fired peaker plant designed to keep the growing commercial district lit and live even in emergencies, Hidden City…

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

In next round of Amazon HQ2 competition, Philly's strong pharma industry may give the city an edge

When Amazon announced, last fall, that it was looking for a city to host a second headquarters, the company said it wanted pretty much what everybody wants in a home. Something …

    • Lancaster Avenue, James Wright
Eyes on the Street

How West Philadelphia businesses answer MLK's call to action

By Jabari K. Jones “We’ve got to realize that the moment is before us!” Those are the words that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. used to energize a thunderous, cheering crowd at…

    • PREIT/Macerich conceptual plans for the Gallery

January 8: Comcast buys Wilco | Kiosk designs | Turnpike toll increase

Comcast has purchased Wilco Electronics Systems, the city’s only black-owned cable provider, Technically Philly’s Roberto Torres reports. Of significance, the 40-year old company provides communication services to PHA residents and low-income…

    • Mixed-use infill on North 2nd Street, Northern Liberties, January 2016

Northern Liberties could get new business improvement district in 2018

Northern Liberties is hot. But even as new condos and townhouses multiply in the trendy neighborhood, new business growth has stagnated. The slow pace of commercial development has left residents frustrated…

    • Recyclables being dumped at a recovery facility in Grays Ferry.

December 22: Catholic school redesign | HQ2 public doc available | Devil’s in the data

Hey what all did Philly end up submitting in the HQ2 bid? Jacob Adelman recaps the “heavily redacted” public document that outlines how the city would accommodate Amazon’s office space needs,…

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December 14: Abate and switch | Blatstein & Super Wawa | Voices on stop-and-go

Bart Blatstein’s plans for a “Super Wawa” at Columbus and Dickinson directly counters the pedestrian-friendly goals of the city’s Central Delaware waterfront master plan, Inga Saffron writes. Saffron criticizes Blatstein’s proposed…

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