A Hearing On the Land Bank Strategic Plan Is Coming Up

Photo credit: Julia Rowe via Flickr.

Photo credit: Julia Rowe via Flickr.

Could Philadelphia’s Land Bank Plan be better? We asked this of you last month, but now is your chance to really make your voice heard.

On Monday, December 1st, a hearing on the Land Bank’s strategic plan and polices resolution will be held by City Council’s Public Property Committee. If you like the plan (or don’t) and want to testify, you can sign up here.

Details below. 

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ThinkFest Videos: On Philly Street Art, the New Comcast Tower, and Drexel’s Neighborhood Vision

ThinkFest was filled with innovative voices discussing Philadelphia’s evolving landscape. Below are just a few video selections from speakers who were at the event: urban explorer and photographer Conrad Benner, Senior Comcast Vice President Karen Buchholz and Drexel President John Fry.

(Pssst! And you can watch more videos here!)

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Property’s Weekend Agenda: The Skyspace in Chestnut Hill

Photo credit: Flickr user camera_obscura [busy].

Photo credit: Flickr user camera_obscura [busy].

Last November, we reported the new meetinghouse for Chestnut Hill Friends was a total success. Light artist James Turrell’s addition to the structure–one of his signature skyspace light installations that are well-known throughout the country–made the building even better.

Uwishunu’s Kristina Jenkins reports many visitors have flocked to see the Skyspace since then (our own Liz Spikol did so, see the above link if you didn’t already!), with spectacular dawn and dusk viewings occurring throughout the year. This weekend, the mini event will be on Sunday. We suggest you go!

And don’t worry about the event time, either. The registration (yes, you must reserve your spot, but it’s still free!) lists the viewing as 4:39pm, so aim for a 4:20-4:30 arrival if you don’t want to miss the show!

Details below.

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ThinkFest Recap: Why the New Comcast Skyscraper Will Be Great for Philly

Missed Thinkfest? Not to worry, we have a social media roundup of the highlights. Here’s one of Comcast Senior Vice President Karen Buchholz telling us why the upcoming Comcast Innovation and Technolgy Center will be great for the city:

Karen Buchholz, senior vp, Comcast, makes a case for the new Comcast building in 15 seconds. #ThinkFest

A video posted by Philadelphia Magazine (@phillymag) on

New Listing: Queen Village Residence Looks More Society Hill Than South Philly

Photo via Google Street View

Photo via Google Street View

Queen Village is one of the oldest residential neighborhoods in the city, boasting several historic homes from the 18th and 19th centuries, no doubt about it (it was added to the city property in the mid-1800s). But c’mon, you have to admit this house is more reminiscent of vaunted Spruce Street properties, and less like the South Philadelphia home that it is.

The house, built circa 1829, is within the catchment area of the William M. Meredith School and it offers original random-width hardwood floors (rumoured to be Carolina Pine), four fireplaces (two bedrooms have them) and a brand new kitchen with a view of the back garden.  One of the upstairs bathrooms has also been remodeled recently.

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Morning Headlines: Neighbors Say Dranoff’s One Ardmore Place Is Too Tall

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Dranoff Properties’ One Ardmore Place was off to a rocky start and that doesn’t seem to be changing anytime soon. According to Cheryl Allison at the Main Line Times, residents recently banded together at a meeting to express their disapproval for the redevelopment project’s height.

During a forum with the Lower Merion Township Board of Commissioners this past Wednesday, neighbors wore t-shirts with the words “Save Cricket Lot 4 Ardmore” and argued that the sections of the planned mixed-use building that rise up eight stories do not adhere to the neighborhood’s character. They then reiterated past complaints, as well. From the Main Line Times: Read more »

$1.1 Million State Grant to Aid Northwest Philly’s Wayfinding Project

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Mt. Airy, Chestnut Hill and other neighborhoods in Northwest Philadelphia are about to see a massive makeover thanks to Mt. Airy USA, a community development group heavily involved, PlanPhilly’s Daniel Pasquarello says, in neighborhood revitalization projects.

In this instance, the group is spearheading the Connecting & Building Philadelphia’s Safest Corridors project, which involves creating a “much-needed regional wayfinding system of signs” and “the installation of 10 shelters along some of the area’s busiest bus routes.”

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Pennsylvania Named One of the Worst States to Have Thanksgiving

thanksgiving turkey

Estately is always coming out with wacky lists. (Look no further than this one, this one here, and oh, this one). This time around, they have compiled their super hard-hitting data to analyze which states are least likely to have an enjoyable Thanksgiving.

The top three? Ohio, Iowa and Pennsylvania. The folks over at the real estate search website then offered each state a profile. Here’s the one they wrote for Pennsylvania:

Only after agreeing to cook a Tofurkey alongside the actual Turkey, and once arguments over Obama’s real country of birth have died down, and after everyone has another drink, only then can Pennsylvanians give thanks that both the Steelers and Eagles have a legitimate chance to meet in the SuperBowl.

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Sold in Six Days!

2001 Kater St, Philadelphia, PA, 19146

2001 Kater St, Philadelphia, PA, 19146

If only there were pictures of this corner rowhouse from back in the day on PhillyHistory.org! We would have loved to see what the Graduate Hospital home looked like then.

According to its last owners, the first floor was once a hair salon with apartments on the second and third levels. But going back even further, the building was a generational sandwich shop called “Prowell’s Sandwiches,” which some older neighbors fondly remember for “their excellent chilli hot dogs.” (This was before the big cheesesteak craze that hit Philly in the 1940s.) The owner adds that parts of sandwich shop’s lettering can still be seen on the sidewalk out front.

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