This Is How Much Philly Has Changed In Three Decades–And It Continues to Do So

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Remember that mesmerizing slider that compared the Center City of 1965 with the one from 2014? Well, we stumbled upon an old CityLab post (old meaning two years ago) that highlighted an interactive time-lapse of various satellite images from NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey’s Landsat program. It gave us an idea…

According to CityLab, the Timelapse project–which Google has GIFs of!–is a venture between TIME, Google, NASA, USGS, and the CREATE Lab at Carnegie Mellon University. It’s meant as a kind of digital flip book that puts the “stunning change across the earth’s surface, in both our natural environments and our man-made ones” right before our eyes.

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Tower Proposal Looks to Continue the Boom on Chestnut Street

Tower at 709 Chestnut Street | via Roseland Property

Tower at 709 Chestnut Street | via Roseland Property

Chestnut Street is in the middle of quite the renaissance. While some are looking to protect the future of its architectural gems of yesteryear, others are working to re-imagine the identity of the Chestnut Street corridor as a live-work environment that’s near everything Philly has to offer. Look no further than this week’s announcement that the partnership of Roseland–a subsidiary of Mack-Cali Realty Corp.–and Parkway Corporation, wants to bring a 32-story residential tower to the parking lot at 709 Chestnut Street, adjacent to Union Trust, which is currently a catering facility.

“We’re seeing a tremendous move back into Center City,” said Marshall Tycher, president of Roseland. Plans call for a 32-story tower consisting of 304 luxury rental units to be built on the parking lot. Read more »

Morning Headlines: PIDC ‘Quarterbacking’ Cause for Navy Yard Subway Extension

Rendering of the Navy Yard Master Plan. By PIDC via Technically Philly.

Rendering of the Navy Yard Master Plan. By PIDC via Technically Philly.

Much like Center City and University City, The Navy Yard is experiencing its own boom, adding 1,000 jobs per year. Unlike the aforementioned core of the city, The Yard is waaaayyy down at the other end of Broad Street. It’s essentially only accessible by car or a long, criss-crossing walk from Pattison AT&T Station. Once you’re there though, it’s a magical place full of amazing old buildings, shiny new green buildings, decommissioned ships,  a Vetri joint and amazing views of the Delaware River. It’s getting there that’s the hardest part. Old slogan aside, that’s where SEPTA comes in, or the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC), rather.

PlanPhilly’s Jim Saksa reports today that PIDC is working on plans to extend SEPTA’s Broad Street Line deep into The Navy Yard, possibly with two stations.

Having the PIDC not simply cheerleading, but quarterbacking, the extension makes it a more viable contender for completion than many of the daydream proposals that periodically tease Philadelphia’s imagination.

For a look at the plans, check out PlanPhilly’s in-depth report.

PIDC charts a course for BSL extension to Navy Yard

 Progress at Rodin Square and more!

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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 phila.gov

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

Images by TREND via DILORENZO REALTY GROUP, LLC

Images by TREND via DILORENZO REALTY GROUP, LLC

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 »

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