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August 2013

There are 133 blog entries for August 2013.

Weekend Winners: Aug. 30-Sept. 2

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="350"] The interactive list of acts on the Made in America Festival website is cool, but this one graphic has them all neatly lined up for you. You might want to print it out if you plan to go. Image from Made in America Festival.[/caption] It's Labor Day weekend again, so our leadoff item should be obvious: Saturday, Aug. 31-Sunday, Sept. 1 All-American lineup: And you think your commute home this evening is going to be a bear, what with the Ben Franklin Parkway all blocked off. Tomorrow and Sunday, hundreds of thousands of fans will fill that blocked-off space for two full days of music from all over the map and all across the country for the second annual Budweiser Made in…
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Lunchtime Quick Hits

Unfortunately, the School District of Philadelphia isn't a museum, so a valuable treasure trove of art may be lost to future generations of children; another 1970s design icon is set to disappear in Old City; and in a Temple double feature, Inga Saffron offers high but qualified praise for Temple's new Morgan Hall and Temple President-designate Neil Theobald outlines things to come with the campus master plan: Cash-strapped Philly school district considers selling prized art collection (Newsworks|WHYY) In Old City, The Loss of a Contemporary Icon, Gain of Ancient Buildings (Hidden City Daily) Changing Skyline: Temple grows up (The Philadelphia Inquirer| President develops campus plan (The Temple News)
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Mount Airy Real Estate: Chestnut Hill’s Outlook

Today, most of Philly’s top selling areas have been within Center City’s city limits. The western and northwestern areas of Center City have taken off rapidly in real estate, while the other parts of Philadelphia has worked on attracting buyers to the area. As Philly continues to expand, so will the opportunities for an array of houses to compete for a place on the market. Sedgwick Theater Mount Airy Philadelphia/a On Germantown Avenue, down the cobblestone sidewalks leading to a variety of shopping areas, antique and dining food options, lays Mount Airy Real Estate. With a goal to expand The City of Brotherly Love, Mount Airy Real Estate has a singular goal of sharing its knowledge of real estate investment opportunities and tax benefit…
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Not so low in Ludlow

1307 N. 6th St, front view Even though this three-unit dwelling is still being built, the new units are already on the market. This Ludlow property is near the corner of 6th and Thompson streets; it is part of the accelerating development that is going on just north of Northern Liberties and is ideal for people who love North Philly but still don't want to pay half a million to live there. A new owner purchased the vacant lot at 1307 N. 6th Street in August of last year for only $22,000. The 1,605-square-foot lot had plenty of potential for a multi-unit development, and sure enough, the Zoning Board of Adjustment approved plans for a three-story, three-unit residence. The first and second story units will have rear decks, and while it's not mentioned yet,…
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NLNA holds firm on Orkney Street townhomes

Myrtle and Orkney street elevations The apartment project at 233-37 Poplar Street, which we reported on Wednesday, wasn't the only project the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association sent back to the drawing board again at its Aug. 26 meeting. The committee told architect Jeremy LeCompte of Harman Deutsch Architecture to follow the instructions it had given him the last time he submitted his proposal for two four-story townhomes at 887-91 N. Orkney Street for support: Return with either a plan for a single three-story townhome no more than 38 feet tall or a plan to build the three smaller homes allowed on the site as currently subdivided. The architects had originally submitted a plan for two four-story townhomes with roof decks and garage…
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New blog on the block: This Old City

A suggestion for 19th Street at Rittenhouse Square, from This Old City Here on this blog, we tend to cover anything and everything real estate - it's kind of a given with the name. Whether it's the planning activities that affect the market or the parks and open space that improve quality of life, we try to keep you up to date on anything Philly Real Estate. Sometimes we do interject opinions on subject material, but we typically leave advocacy to other blogs that have slightly different angles and an axe or two to grind. One of those blogs is This Old City by urban planning advocate and Graduate Hospital resident Geoff Thompson. Certainly the new kid on the block in an already crowded blogosphere, his material has already been making some waves and, if we do say so ourselves, quickly…
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Lunchtime Quick Hits

Philly's small landlords weigh in on the issue of how to handle all those closed schools (warning: you may have to pick up a copy of today's Inquirer to read the entire opinion piece); meanwhile, with the clock ticking towards midnight on the current School District teachers' contract, the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers says it's ready to offer concessions - but they may not be enough to free the $45 milliion Harrisburg is sitting on; The Logan Square Neighborhood Association gets a little more time to study possible traffic congestion caused by the proposed Rodin Square development; and your editor normally doesn't promote his own stories that run elsewhere here, but hey, he's on a crusade right now: Back Council plan for…
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Rutgers-Camden students set to spruce up Camden public spaces today

Cooper River Park sign Today from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., more than 150 new Rutgers-Camden students will spend one of their last summer days working to improve their new host city, thanks to a New Student Day of Service that will connect teams of Rutgers students to multiple city neighborhoods throughout Camden. Before the students start school in their new digs, this will certainly show them that Camden has some great public spaces and hopefully encourage them to venture beyond the comfy campus confines. Students are partnering with the Camden County Park System for things like repainting bleachers and clearing brush at the baseball field in Von Nieda Park in Cramer Hill; performing clean-ups at Pyne Poynt…
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Drexel paints its part of town red

Drexel's general services and parking building, before. Photo courtesy Drexel University. Drexel University is hard at work repainting its image—literally. Drexel buildings, which are built using a garish orange brick that makes you want to leave, not enter, is changing—from orange to red. Collegiate red to be exact. Right now, it is in the process of finishing up the General Services Building at 34th and Ludlow streets. One down. Six more buildings to go. In constant competition with its older sibling in University City, the Ivy League—and ivy-covered—brown brick, beautiful collegiate buildings that adorn Penn’s campus, Drexel is left with an inferiority complex. That complex isn't helped by all those lists and guides that call its campus one of the ugliest in the country - the ugliest, Radar magazine…
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Hidden Treasure Hunt: Marking the...what?

Members of the organization that built the place where this is found are called on often to lay them - a fairly logical choice, given that they are supposedly masters of the craft - yet the building itself doesn't have one. Instead, it has this. Perhaps it offers a clue to what's inside. Perhaps it commemorates something. We don't know for sure, because this stone isn't talking. So here's our proposition to you: In addition to telling us where this is located, perhaps you could tell us what it's doing there? photo Answer next week. Photo by the author 5th and Gaskill streets Last week's Hidden Treasure Hunt answer: You may have noted that the fellow who created the "Leaning Tower of Philly" - a clever response to some errant driver whose…
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