Category: Neighborhood News

Property Has a New Address!

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Hey, y’all! It’s time to change those bookmarks. Property has moved, and we think you’re going to like our new digs.

We’ve got a spiffier look, much better galleries, mobile optimization, and all kinds of other fun stuff that you’re going to love, whether you’re into architecture, neighborhood news, new development, or real estate porn. We’ll have new editorial features for you too. If there’s a topic you’d like to see more of, contact your friendly editor, Liz Spikol, via email: lspikol@phillymag.com.

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Weekend Pick: Pearl Street Arts Festival Celebrates Chinatown North’s Revitalization

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Pearl Street rendering by Walter Hood.

Tomorrow, Saturday, September 28, the Asian Arts Initiative is throwing a party — well, an arts festival whose participants perfectly embody the growing artistic importance of this neighborhood. The visual art installations include work by Marginal Utility, Practice, Vox Populi and Fleisher Art Memorial, while live performance will include Art in Motion, EgoPo Classic Theatre, Hip Hop Fundamentals and Philadelphia Taiko Center, among many others.

In the offbeat category, there’ll be a mobile tea cart with free drinks, a community feast and and interactive furniture build with landscape architect Walter Hood.

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Zoë’s Opens Four More Suburban Philadelphia Locations

zoes kitchenZoë’s Kitchen — the Mediterranean-inspired chain restaurant where most of the food is grilled — already had three local spots (Collegeville, Marlton and Newtown) when it opened yet another outpost in the Greater Philadelphia market in May of this year in Bryn Mawr. That must have worked out because there are now four more to come: Malvern, Willow Grove, Cherry Hill and Wayne. It seems people like grilled food — especially when someone else is manning the grill.

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New Organic Grocery Store — But Not Whole Foods — Will Take Borders’ Rosemont Square Space

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Last week, the Inquirer’s Michael Klein wrote, “MOM’s Organic Market, a greener-than-thou grocery chain whose locations ring D.C., has signed to open its first Philly-area location. Its Facebook locates it only in ‘Rosemont,’ but insiders pinpoint it further: It will take the former Borders in Rosemont Square.”

We called the ultimate insider, Steve Bajus, founder and president of S.W. Bajus, the real estate development and management company that owns Rosemont Square. He confirmed that Mom’s will be taking 16,000 square feet (just about the same size as the current location of Whole Foods in Wynnewood) in the former Borders store at Rosemont Square.

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New Villanova Expansion Plan Gets Hearing Tonight

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Rendering of original planned campus expansion on Lancaster Avenue via Villanova.edu.

It’s been a NIMBY nightmare for Villanova. Like Drexel, Temple and Penn, Villanova has been pursuing its own plans for a renaissance to increase the quality of campus and student life. But the former three schools contend with less residential opposition than does Villanova, whose initial go at an expansion plan was rejected by Radnor [...]

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Property Asks: “What Do You Think About LoSo?”

Philadelphia, welcome to LoSo.

Philadelphia, welcome to LoSo.

PHL Local Gaming, one of the six contenders for Philadelphia’s second casino license, has announced a bold plan for the Lower South Philadelphia area where they’d put their casino. A recent press release touts a family-friendly entertainment center that would be developed in “the area between the Stadium Complex, public park land, the FDR Park Golf Club, and the Delaware River.”

The center would include “attractions such as food-and-beverage and retail businesses, soccer fields, racquet sports, an indoor swimming pool, a zip-line park, rock-climbing facilities, a golf driving range, a dry ski/skateboarding park, a water park, and areas devoted to music and live entertainment.”

A rendering of LoSo Entertainment Center by PHL Local Gaming

A rendering of LoSo Entertainment Center by PHL Local Gaming

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Rocky’s Famous Run Goes Through 10 Neighborhoods

rocky.2.run_The Philly Post’s Dan McQuade decided to puzzle out how far Rocky Balboa ran during his iconic running montage that takes him (and, now, thousands of tourists) up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The answer? Far.

But aside from raw mileage, the number of neighborhoods the Italian Stallion traverses is also impressive, which makes me think there were real estate agents involved in the making of the film.

Come on, Joanne Davidow, ’fess up: Did you orchestrate this whole thing?

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Passyunk Square Home Sells in Three Days

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This four-bedroom home at Sixth and Reed blazed right through the market. Was it the combination of Victorian details and updated appliances? Was it the rear patio? A bedroom with attached dressing room? A bay window? Decorative fireplace?

More than likely, it was all of those things along with the location, which could not be hotter these days. Original list price: $339,000

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Montgomery Avenue: More Than Ever, a Magnet for Orthodox Jews

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In 1957 there weren’t many Orthodox Jews in Lower Merion. There weren’t many Jews at all. The synagogues Har Zion, now in Penn Valley, and Beth David, now in Gladwyne were going strong, but they were still in Wynnefield. Main Line Reform was holding services in a big old house in Wynnewood. Adath Israel had already moved to its current location on Old Lancaster Road, in Merion, but construction on its big domed sanctuary did not start until the following year.

Also in 1957, Lower Merion Synagogue (LMS) moved to its current location, also on Old Lancaster Road directly across the street from Adath Israel. In 1957 LMS was the only Orthodox synagogue in the township. Its “monopoly” lasted for close to 40 years.

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