Philly Council OKs Massive 3-D Billboards in Center City

An urban experiential display outside of Reading Terminal Market.

Philadelphia City Council passed legislation Thursday to allow large-size digital billboards in a part of Center City near the Reading Terminal Market and Convention Center.

Critics of the ads — known as “urban experiential displays” — said they would be unsightly and lower the value of nearby properties.

“We’re not talking kiosks,” said Kiki Bolender, chairwoman of the Design Advocacy Group of Philadelphia. “We’re talking about the house next door lit up like a billboard on I-95.”

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Spotted in Manayunk: Center City Style With a Four-Stop Elevator

All images by TREND via BHHS Fox & Roach–Chestnut Hill

All images by TREND via BHHS Fox & Roach–Chestnut Hill

Looking for a luxurious place in Manayunk? You might want to check into what’s going on over at Delmar Street. Mainstreet Development Company and Harman Deutsch (Remember Design Home 2014?) have teamed up on four high-end units and this one, located at 234 Delmar Street, is probably the top of the heap. Not to mention: It has a four-stop elevator.  Read more »

POLL: Which LOVE Park Redesign Do You Prefer?

After several meetings wherein officials heard out Philadelphians about what they envisioned for the new JFK Plaza / LOVE Park, the folks over at Hargreaves Associates sat down and incorporated the ideas into the soon-to-be redesigned space. Here are the four design concepts they came up with– what do you think?:

Images: Hargreaves Associates via

Yes, no, maybe so? Perhaps you should take a look at the more in-depth JFK PLAZA/LOVE PARK Improvement Project presentation before voting on either the Square 1, Square 2, Bow-tie 1, or Bow-tie 2 plans. Make an informed decision, yah know? However, should none of the concepts be to your liking, feel free to leave a comment telling us why! (Although for the love of Ben Franklin, please don’t suggest an Applebee’s take its place.)

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Morning Headlines: The ‘Quest’ to Preserve Four Beauties on Chestnut Street

Quaker City National Bank is getting some attention: TREND photo via BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut

Quaker City National Bank is getting some attention: TREND photo via BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut

We all know that Chestnut Street, river to river, is seeing a major resurgence these days. Shopping, residential, street improvements: you name it, it’s happening. What’s kind of surprising to learn that four beautiful commercial buildings from long ago, before Chestnut Street East kind of died, aren’t historically designated. That includes 721 Chestnut Street, a gorgeous Quaker City National Bank building designed by Willis G. Hale. Thankfully, there are plans to change all of that. Gotta preserve your history, yo.

Matt Golas of PlanPhilly reports that, as part of Director of Advocacy Ben Leech’s ‘swan song’, the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia intends to nominate the four buildings–721, 722, 723, and 725 Chestnut Street–for historic designation. Apparently, this process had been on their “back burner” for some time, but now the time is right to make the push. Leech was particularly proud that the Young Friends of the Preservation Alliance submitted the request to designate the Quaker City National Bank. Hit up the link below for a more details look at each building.

The quest to designate Chestnut Street “commercial architecture” [PlanPhilly]

Don’t Forget, UEDs Could Happen Today:

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Pinterest-Worthy Condo on Spruce Street in Midtown Village

TREND photos via Redfin

TREND photos via Redfin/Salas Team

Well, looky here! Right around the corner from that neat multi-unit property on Antique Row we told you about yesterday is this Spruce Street home, which from the outside, looks to be just your average Midtown Village abode.

However, take a glimpse inside and you will see that is far from being the case.

The boutique building is actually home to a tri-level condo that has the luxury of having both a 1-car garage and finished basement with flex space. Details of note include, but are certainly not limited to, its extra high ceilings, hardwood floors, built-in bookcases, and a kitchen eating area that everyone and their mom should add to their growing collection of house ideas on Pinterest (i.e. window bench!).

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Homes with Names: Andorra Corner

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach-Blue Bell

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach-Blue Bell

Forbidden Corner sounds catchier, but it might not go over as well with first-time guests invited to dinner. Thus, we introduce you to Andorra Corner, a circa 1722 estate that sits at the nexus of Forbidden Drive, Andorra and Thomas Roads, and W Northwestern Avenue–or right down the street from Chestnut Hill College, which my sister thinks resembles “the Harry Potter school.”

In other words, it’s right on the Philadelphia – Montgomery County boundary.

The property has a literal boundary, as well, in the form of a stone wall surround, which across from it has the grand Wissahickon Valley Park and its popular aforementioned trail (Forbidden Drive).

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Jaw Dropper of the Week: Bayside Mansion in Longport With Magical Sunsets



It’s almost April and that means it’s only a few short months until shore season. We’ve hit the home stretch, people! Here’s one helluva mansion on the bay in Longport, and at nearly $6 million, it’s certain to grab your attention.

Windows abound in this Olivieri-designed estate, a perfect feature for all of those beautiful sunsets on the Great Egg Harbor Bay (see gallery). Sure, the home is almost 6,000-square-feet and three-stories high, but it actually seems much larger from the inside. Take a look at that enormous open living room and kitchen. It features an exposed, multi-story winding staircase, balconies overlooking the room and out to the bay, a shiny fireplace that stretches to the ceiling and access to the expansive deck area. Read more »

Demo Watch: Here’s a Short Video of an Excavator Eating a Building

Welp, it looks like demolition at the future home of the SLS International Hotel & Residences is officially underway at Broad and Cypress Street (Spruce). That’s not at all surprising, considering developer Carl Dranoff along with the rest of his “Dream Team” – sbe’s Sam Nazarian, hit-makers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff and star interior designer Philippe Starck – held a flashy press conference recently to officially welcome Starck and celebrate the history of the site. Dranoff called the project a “new gold standard” for the site, Read more »

Pics Inside PATCO’s ‘Ghost’ Station,
Plus Poll Results

Photo credit: Mike Williams / Delaware River Port Authority

Photo credit: Mike Williams / Delaware River Port Authority

Early last week it was reported that if the Delaware River Port Authority decided to reopen their Franklin Square PATCO Station at 6th and Race, it would cost an estimated $18.5 million. Whether or not such a project will ever come to fruition is too soon to tell, but we did ask you, our smart readers, your thoughts on the matter: In the wake of the Franklin Square’s somewhat recent stretch of success as a social space, do you think it should reopen?

Below, the results of our poll, which asked if you would use Franklin Square Station. (Note: 526 readers participated.) Additionally, scroll down and you’ll find we’ve included photos of the ghost station, two of which were taken last week.

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Morning Headlines: SEPTA Talks Makeover at 15th Street Station

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SEPTA news has been coming in fast and furious these past few weeks. You may remember that our super-cool sister blog Citified brought you the news that they’re looking at bringing sexy new trolleys with easier access into the fold. SEPTA’s director of strategic planning and analysis, Byron Comati, called it a “once in a generation type move.” Now, Sandy Smith reports that SEPTA has unveiled the designs of the overhaul at 15th Street Station.

Unfortunately, the work won’t take place until after the “Democrats decamp” next summer, but, rest assured, this is a major project for the city. The work will be done in phases and, due to the complexity of the efforts at City Hall Station, crews will redo 15th Street Station first:

The engineering to be done there is simpler, consisting mainly of inserting five elevator shafts: two from the west side of the 15th and Market streets intersection to the station mezzanine and one from the mezzanine to each of the Market-Frankford Line platforms and the eastbound trolley platform at 15th Street.

For more info about the “daunting” task crews have at City Hall Station, check out Smith’s piece in our News section.

• SEPTA Unveils Renderings of 15th Street Station Renovations [Philly Mag News]

More amazing headlines this way…

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