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July 2013

There are 141 blog entries for July 2013.

Tivoli Condominiums Philadelphia: Living with Privacy

Tivoli Condominiums Philadelphia by Philly Living /aExperience city living with the feeling the privacy of a suburban community at the Tivoli Condominiums Philadelphia. This luxury high rise condominium building is located in the center of Philadelphia’s historic and vibrant Art Museum area. Its location gives residents an easy walking opportunity to experience Philadelphia’s top cultural sites, as the condos are situated minutes away from the Philadelphia Art Museum, Logan Square, The Franklin Institute, Barnes Foundation, and the Free Library of Philadelphia. This luxury development offers residents plenty of amenities and features, making it one of the more coveted condominiums in the city.

Features of the Tivoli Condominium Philadelphia

Located…
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Lunchtime Quick Hits

The latest news from the dead strip-mall front - the retail component of the Chesterbrook development goes belly up; the new zoning code won't make development easier until the zoning map is redrawn, builders say - and that task won't be completed until 2016 at the current pace; it was the best of times, it was the worst of times on West Rockland Street in Germantown this past weekend; and architect Jason Lempieri offers a reassessment of an early Post-Modernist landmark in Spring Garden, currently being restored to good-as-new condition 50 years after it was built: Chesterbrook shopping center in foreclosure (Philadelphia Business Journal) City needs remapping before impacts of new zoning code are felt, builders say (Plan…
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Your Guide to Washington Square West Schools

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="240"]Gen. George A. McCall School Washington Square West shares with Society Hill the George A. McCall School, one of the best public elementary schools in the city.[/caption] Washington Square West is one of Center City's most eclectic and diverse neighborhoods, which makes it a great place to raise children. And if that's what you're planning to do, then you want information about Washington Square West schools, right? Read on, then. Below you will find links that will give you all the facts about Washington Square West schools so you can make an informed choice about the best school for your children: Washington Square West Schools

Public Elementary: Gen. George A. McCall

Public High

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Details emerge on Dranoff's One Riverside Park

One Riverside in context, view to the north up the Schuylkill If you don't obsessively scour the development news blogosphere like we do, you might not know that Dranoff Properties is proposing to construct a new residential tower in Center City called One Riverside Park. The new 21-story development will feature 167 apartments, 1,000 square feet of retail, 86 parking spaces, mostly underground, and space for amenities such as a fitness center, game room and club room. If all goes according to plan, the tower will rise on the current parking lot just north of the Schuylkill River Park's community gardens and just east of the Schuylkill Trail  at 25th Street between Locust and Manning streets in Fitler Square. View of One Riverside Park looking northeast towards Center City More recently, we have learned that Dranoff plans to put…
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Rebuilding for the better on Belgrade Street

326 Belgrade St

There are some major alterations going near the corner of Belgrade and East Oxford Street. This three-story, single family house is getting flipped after new owner stepped in last fall. While the Office of Property Assessment says the house is valued under $200,000, Fishtown prices are still swimming upstream.

EMJM Holdings III LLC of Rydal, Pa., purchased 326 Belgrade Street in September of last year for only $85,000. The home resides on a 720-square-foot lot, and the developers have 1,350 square feet of living space to redesign. In March of this year, Licenses and Inspections issued permits to begin the renovations. EMJM Holdings III LLC plans to install a new staircase and put in new flooring. They are

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Rybrew opening delights thirsty Brewerytown

Beer and sandwich   After much anticipation and many bad possible names on our part, Rybrew in Brewerytown has finally opened. The second establishment from the folks who own the Fairmount sandwich cafe Rybread opened July 22 to serve two things Philly loves—beer and a good sandwich. We first reported on the impending sandwich shop, located at 2816 W. Girard Avenue, back in February. The then-unnamed cafe was a response to Fairmount patrons pleading for more room to enjoy a tasty sandwich or salad. Owner Ryan Pollock did a little more than just add a few tables. Pollock opened a second location and added beer. Rybread storefront Rybrew features sandwiches, paninis, salads, and other goodies like locally made peanut butter. Where the cozy yet…
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One more civic group backs Wynn casino proposal

Riverwalk Whatever it is the folks at Wynn Resorts are doing, they're definitely scoring with the residents of the River Wards. On Monday, the Olde Richmond Civic Assocation (ORCA) voted overwhelmingly - 191-20 - to support the proposed Wynn Philadelphia casino resort on the Delaware riverfront. With the vote, ORCA joined its neighbors in Fishtown to the south in casting formal votes in favor of the project. Haven't heard of Olde Richmond? Neither had we. Besides being unique in actually using the Colonialish final "e" in its name, the neighborhood seems not to have a distinct identity, even among its residents. Bounded on the west by Trenton Avenue, on the south by East York Street, on the east by the Delaware…
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Lunchtime Quick Hits

A popular real-estate craze that swept the country in the housing bubble years finally comes to Philly, and at least one commentator is less than thrilled over its arrival; Philly's latest building collapse is also yet another warning about the dangers of smoking, it turns out; G-Ho gets ready to welcome its first community arts studio; and the City Controller reports that tax revenues rose 8 percent in the last fiscal year: Philadelphians Embrace House-Flipping, Because What Could Go Wrong? (The Philly Post|Philadelphia magazine) Councilman Squilla: Contractor's Lit Cigarette Led to South Phila. Rowhome Explosion (CBS Philly) Ready to hand: Saori, a community textile studio, to open in Graduate Hospital (Flying Kite) City Tax…
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Three more reasons Philly isn't Detroit

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="350"]Temple University Philadelphia's colleges and universities have helped promote both economic growth and neighborhood redevelopment. Would that Detroit had places like them. Photo by Rusty Kennedy.[/caption]

Why has Philadelphia avoided Detroit's fate? There are many reasons, but according to at least one observer, three loom large.

In rough order of importance, they are: Penn, Temple and Drexel.

Though one of these three is now quasi-public, all three began as private universities, with Penn focused - not always successfully, according to the late Penn sociologist Digby Baltzell - on educating the region's elite and Temple on its working folk.

They are the 800-pound gorillas in

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Ellsworth Street home gets facelift, one brick at a time

2006 Ellsworth St A crew of workers is currently working on removing the red brick masonry facade at 2006 Ellsworth Street in Point Breeze with incredible care. As part of a a major renovation, workers are disassembling the three-story home's facade brick by brick, moving as delicately as possible to deconstruct the facade. Eventually, when this stage of the work is complete, the facade will be replaced with another, also masonry and also red. Doors and windows will stay in the same location, and the front will be constructed on the same footing along masonry ties. The home's owner, Anthony Jackson, is also adding a roof deck, accessible by exterior spiral stairs on the rear of the building. Vincent Fiorenza is…
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