Category: Neighborhood News

Prediction: This Newly Listed Graduate Hospital House Will Go Fast

Photo by Drew Callaghan Photography

Photo by Drew Callaghan Photography

Here’s a newly listed home in Graduate Hospital, aka GradHo, South of South or Southwest Center City. There has been much confusion over the area’s name since the closure of Graduate Hospital, but then again, why rock the boat? Many neighborhoods in Philadelphia have historical names that no longer apply to current circumstances, like Fishtown or Gray’s Ferry. In Squirrel Hill, you might reasonably ask: Where is the hill? (Plenty of squirrels, however.) In Cobbs Creek, you’d be hard pressed to find a member of the Cobb family that settled there. Strawberry Mansion’s homes are not, as some children were told, huge houses made out of strawberries. (Children who were told this may have been traumatized for life. Just editorial speculation, here.)

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Retail Alert: A New H&M Is Coming!

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Prepare yourselves, West-of-the-Schuylkill fashionistas, to get dizzy with joy: Upper Darby will soon have an H&M store. That’s right — the Shops at 69th Street will get its own location with all the Swedish tights, tunics, pointy pumps, lip gloss, gold hoops, headbands, silky shirts, tight pants and zippered blazers you could ever want — not just in regular sizes, but in plus sizes too.

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Property’s Morning Obsession: Chestnut Street’s New Cella Luxuria

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It was October — just after his Hollandia showroom closed in Old City — when Stefan Sklaroff heard that someone was looking for him. That someone was the owner of 1214 Chestnut Street. He’d bought a bed from Sklaroff at Hollandia and remembered the showroom. Now he wanted to open a 10,000 square-foot furniture showroom in Center City.

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AVI: Nutter’s Recommended Rate Is Just That: Recommended

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Mayor Nutter issued a budget address today (in between protests), and naturally, he spoke about his baby AVI, which is meant to correct, as he characterized it, “a broken property assessment system that no one could understand.” From there he made a bunch of remarks that even he admitted are wholly unoriginal (“As I’ve said many times before…”) before he got to the tiny slivers we hadn’t already heard.

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City Council’s Reform of the Reforms Will Increase Neighborhood Litter

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It seemed like progress when the city finally changed the its antiquated zoning code after 50 years of ineptitude. But then, as with other forward-looking initiatives, City Council members balked at the change and wanted to change things back–after four months (see also: AVI). Perhaps the saddest and funniest headline about the issue came courtesy of the Inquirer: “Philadelphia City Council already wants to change new zoning code.

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Smiths Restaurant Is At It Again, Doling Out Sexism Along With Its Stupid Asterisk

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Ah, Smiths. No, wait. Sorry. It’s *smiths. The Center City restaurant and bar on 19th Street between Market and Sansom touts its happy hours and big-screen TVs and for some reason thinks that having its name in lowercase with an asterisk in front makes it cool. Also cool: chalkboards in the window that feature sexist messages–scrawls like, “I like my beer like I like my violence…domestic.

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Are There Tax Deadbeats In Rittenhouse Square?

Photo: J. Smith for GPTMC

Photo: J. Smith for GPTMC

We don’t mean right this second, like hanging out by the fountain. But when you think about deadbeats who don’t pay property taxes, you probably don’t think of the 1800 block of Delancey Place, a grand residential jewel in the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood. Nor would you think of the 1700 block, the 1900 block, the 2000 block, the 2100 block, the 2200 block or the 2300 block.

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City Stunned: Man Moves to Philly From Portland Simply Because He Likes It Better

Photo: B. Krist for GPTMC

Photo: B. Krist for GPTMC

Bradley Maule, the new co-editor of Hidden City Daily–the hands-down best blog about Philadelphia’s built environment–lived in Portland, Oregon, for three and half years and liked it quite a bit. But the former editor and founder of Philly Skyline–another terrific blog about Philly’s built environment–felt something was missing, so he’s returned to Philly. To introduce himself to Hidden City’s audience, Maule wrote a piece titled “I Like To Be Here When I Can,” in which he explained his decision to return.

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Will Doylestown Ever Get a Trader Joe’s?

“It happens all the time. Whenever a larger store closes in Doylestown, residents mourn for a few days and then wish for a Trader Joe’s.” So writes Intelligencer staff writer Christina Kristofic. And boy, she isn’t kidding. The entire political and civic structure of Doylestown and Bucks County has organized a letter-writing campaign to get the healthy grocery chain to move into the space left vacant by the closure of Herb’s Hobbies and Crafts.

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