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March 2012

There are 17 blog entries for March 2012.

Shadow and action: The delicate dance of development twists its way home

The process of development is at once a story of creation and loss. For everything that is gained, something is given up, and the process of balancing gain and loss can get intricate and complicated at times. Just how intricate and complicated was on display at the March 27 meeting of the Center City Residents' Association's zoning committee. Architect's drawing of Lombard Street facades The committee's docket included review of a zoning variance request by the team behind a new development at 1803-29 Lombard Street, dubbed “Lombard Estates”. The site, now a surface parking lot across from Graduate Hospital, will sprout 11 four-story townhouses ranging in size from 3100 to 4100 square feet, with two custom houses of 5500 and…
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New restaurant takes the place of The Witch in Pennsport

Pennsport in South Philadelphia is about to get a taste of something new!  Dave Garry and Heather Gleason, owners of Center City pub and hangout Good Dog, are teaming up with business partner Tom Darby to open a new restaurant in Pennsport called The Industry.  This new restaurant and bar will be serving up American dishes, creative mixed drinks and craft beers, and adding more flair to Pennsport nightlife.  The Industry will be taking the place of Witch, the bar at 1401 E. Moyamensing Ave. that closed last June. After several months of being boarded up, Gleason, Garry and Darby, obtained the Witch and began renovations to the property.  Wood furnishings and other natural elements have been…
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Green homes with room to grow, coming to Graduate Hospital in September 2012

Carpenter Square, looking south from 17th and Carpenter streets Plans for the mixed-use development dubbed Carpenter Square (1001-35 South 17th Street) continue to move along. While some kinks need to be ironed out—current plans call for a structural height slightly taller than the permitted 35 feet—this complex of homes for sale in Graduate Hospital is focusing on spaciousness and green living to stand apart from the crowd. The project is owned by a partnership that includes real estate agent and project designer Michelle Ashley. Ashley and the other team members pride themselves on forward thinking and hope to see their development pave the way for future green communities in Philadelphia, pride that shone through the presentation by…
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For Pete's Sake is Still Open for Business

For Pete's Sake renovations With its 10-year anniversary approaching fast, For Pete's Sake pub in Queen Village is undergoing a facelift. The main goal for this project is to remove more permastone from the storefront in an effort to restore the pub to its original historic brick state. Several years ago, the permastone from the first floor was successfully removed, revealing beautiful red brick walls.  Owner Peter Quinn, under the advisement of the Philadelphia Historical Commission, is hoping to make continued renovations wherever needed to bring the building back to its quintessential Queen Village look. At the moment, it is unknown how long the renovation will take as it is difficult to judge what lies beneath the permastone.  The…
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A cafe could be on the menu for Abele Park lot

2132 Montrose Street, current What to make of 2132 Montrose Street? That's the question Ilker Ugur, Philadelphia real estate developer and owner of Divan Turkish Kitchen, posed at last evening's South of South Neighborhood Association (SOSNA) meeting. During a laid-back informational presentation, Ugur proposed his vision for either a dual-level cafe or restaurant, or a first-level cafe and a second-level yoga studio. After sharing his proposal, he encouraged ideas and open discussion with the crowd, asking residents what they would like to see in the space. 2132 Montrose Street, Scheme 3 His plan was met with some hesitation and concern from neighbors--mainly regarding neighborhood congestion, trash disposal and noise issues. Ugur defended his plan by…
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Featured Home of the Week: 1034 Shackamaxon St.

Just off Girard Avenue in the hot Fishtown section of the city lies this charming Colonial townhome with plenty of space, features and amenities, inside and out. Rehabbed in 2008, this home for sale in Fishtown is thoroughly up-to-date inside, with new hardwood floors, cabinetry, appliances and fixtures. On the main floor are a living room with ceiling fan and pellet stove, large eat-in kitchen with granite countertops, mosaic tile backsplashes and energy-saving stainless steel appliances, laundry/utility room with second sink and a light-filled sun room. The second floor contains the bathroom and two bedrooms, both with ceiling fans. The master bedroom also has a ventless gas fireplace. A stairway in the…
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A few of the "50 Best Places to Eat" in Philly: Rittenhouse/Logan Square

Ordinarily, we would give these two western Center City neighborhoods their own blog posts for a survey like this. But with only one of Philadelphia magazine's "50 Best Places to Eat Right Now" - the Fountain Restaurant - located in Logan Square, it makes just as much sense to include it in the roundup for Logan Square's tonier neighbor to the south. Mural at Butcher and Singer/a Mural at Butcher and Singer[/caption] Butcher and Singer, 1500 Walnut Street, 215-732-4444. Step through the doors of this former brokerage - Stephen Starr dusted off its name - and you're transported back in time to Hollywood in the 1930s, when plush luxe was the order of the day. Steaks and chops are the things to order now -…
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A few of the "50 Best Places to Eat" in Philadelphia: Wash West

Mercato/a Mercato[/caption] The next stop on our quick review of Philadelphia Magazine's current crop of "50 Best Places to Eat Right Now" is Washington Square West. While the density of eateries is not as high as in Old City, the variety and quality are just as high. Folks living in Washington Square West have access to many great places to eat within a short walk of their Wash West home. The only question, then, is: In which direction does one start walking? "Towards 13th Street" looks like the best answer, for six of the eight "50 Best" eateries in Wash West are either on or within half a block of that street: Amis, 412 South 13th Street, 216-732-2647. All three of Marc Vetri's Italian…
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A few of the "50 Best Places to Eat" in Philadelphia: Old City

  Fork/a Fork[/caption] Living in Philadelphia gives you access to a wealth of great places to eat, from greasy spoons to gastropubs to gourmet Nirvanas. Entire industries exist to weigh through the dazzling array of dining options available to Philly folk and recommend that they eat here, not there, and eager diners hang on the words of either top reviewers like the Inquirer's Craig LaBan or the crowds whose collective wisdom gets distilled into Zagat Guide blurbs. We're sure some of you reading this may quibble with these choices, but the food editors and restaurant reviewers at Philadelphia magazine  decided to settle a bunch of arguments once and for all - for now - when they picked their…
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The Callowhill Loft District, from a skewed angle

"Images from the Eraserhood" postcard Or, as photographer and urbanophile Bob Bruhin calls it, the Eraserhood. Yes, that's a reference to David Lynch's 1977 debut feature film, which is set in an urban industrial quasi-wasteland not unlike Callowhill today. Bruhin, who works in the neighborhood, has spent several years capturing the mix of deterioration and rejeuvenation that characterizes the area, along with its institutions both surviving and emerging. His images capture, and twist, the district's grittiness and its potential. The Photographic Society of Philadelphia has selected several of Bruhin's images for its March 2012 Solo Show. The photos are on display through April 30 at Cafe Twelve, 212 South 12th Street in Washington Square…
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