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Olde Kensington Gets an Outdoor Trapeze School

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“Soar Through the Air With the Greatest of Ease on Kensington’s Flying Trapeze!” That’s what the poster would say if P.T. Barnum were advertising the Fly School Circus Arts’ move to 1620 North Fifth Street. From suburban Bucks County to gritty Fifth and Cecil B. Moore — that’s quite a change.

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Steel Factory Penthouse Loft With Dueling Skylines

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This condo unit in the Steel Factory Lofts in Kensington is pretty special: The combination of the wood ceiling, the exposed brick walls and the hardwood floors in the central open space is every loft-owner’s dream. It also has a vast bathroom with a marble bathtub, a private balcony, deeded parking and five years left on a tax abatement.

The views of the skyline and the bridge are terrific; for those who don’t agree, there’s a skyline on the wall as well.

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Manayunk to Get a New Co-Working Space, Plus the Wild West in Wash West

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Photo of Manayunk's upcoming co-working space via Transfer Station's Facebook page.

• CBS 3 gets podcasty to talk about the new two-day First Friday in Old City [CBS3] • A Piece Of Wild West History In Historic Wash West [Hidden City] • Collingswood loves its parklet [philly.com] • Two brothers propose innovative co-working vision for old Manayunk building [Newsworks] • At Maplewood Mall block party, opinions [...]

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Revel Decides to Be a Casino Instead of Pretend It’s Not a Casino. Plus: South Kensington Thrives

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Photo by Anjan Chatterjee via Flickr.

• Revel Casino Offers Loss-Rebate Promotion As It Attempts To Rebuild Customer Base [CBS 3] • Revel’s new marketing approach: Target the gambler [philly.com] • Was Staying Through Hurricane Sandy the Right Thing to Do? [PhillyPost] • Piazza North? Another mega mixed-use development proposed in S. Kensington [Naked City/CP] • Defense Center looking for a [...]

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Most Affordable ’Hoods for Renters: Yup, They’re What You’d Think

Screen grab from Kwelia's interactive rental heat map.

Screen grab from Kwelia’s interactive rental heat map.

Here’s what we want to say to startup Kwelia: If loving you is wrong, we don’t wanna be right. The self-professed data geeks help real estate professionals by collecting and analyzing information about the rental market: what’s hot, what’s trending, what competitive pricing would look like.

That doesn’t necessarily sound like it would be to a consumer’s benefit. But Kwelia also provides info about Philadelphia rentals and free tools to regular folk. Take, for instance, the company’s interactive heat map of rental prices in Philadelphia for the month of May: It’s a really helpful look at what’s going on in the city in terms of affordability–as long as you understand the reasons behind the prices.

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Property’s Morning Obsession: Slice-of-Life Video of Kensington in 1982, Starring Philadelphia Accents

Screen shot from the YouTube video "Old Kennsington, Philadelphia 1982" by RockosPoorSportVideo

Screen shot from the YouTube video "Old Kennsington, Philadelphia 1982" by RockosPoorSportVideo

This is a really depressing video (and good morning to you!) that’s nonetheless mesmerizing. A California filmmaker follows around a bunch of teenagers in Kensington in 1982. Some kids are profoundly stupid, racist and misogynistic; others almost have some charm, and you wonder if they ever got out. The area was severely disadvantaged at the time, more so than it is now. At one point, the filmmaker drives through a part of Kensington that is so lost and abandoned, I can’t believe it’s Philly. And that’s saying something.

At one point, there’s a cop car spotted, which one teen assumes means someone is getting a ticket. Not so. “Double-parked having coffee,” says another kid. “Philadelphia Police.” Then: “Philly’s finest. Rizzo’s Raiders.” As a slice of life from that time period, it’s completely fascinating. But if you plan to watch at work, wear headphones: There’s profanity–and skin-searing Philadelphia accents.

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Free People’s Doub Hanshaw Sells Amazing, Incredible Loft Within the Fully Expected 3-Second Timeline

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A few weeks back, we presented a gallery listing of the spectacular Kensington loft owned by Doub Hanshaw, creative director of Free People. It was actually a onetime auto mechanics’ garage, but it’s got that loftlike feel. Having been featured everywhere from Apartment Therapy to Philly Mag, the space’s listing is gone from the original broker’s page, with a sale pending.

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Where to Open Next? Strangelove’s Co-owner Leigh Maida Explains.

Thirstoberfest at Memphis Taproom. Photo: M. Kennedy for GPTMC.

Thirstoberfest at Memphis Taproom. Photo: M. Kennedy for GPTMC.

Leigh Maida and husband/business partner Brendan Hartranft–along with other parnters and investors–own and operate four neighborhood bistros that emphasize quality brews and delicious pub fare. Each outpost shapes the neighborhood it’s in and is shaped by the neighborhood as well. Their newest project? Strangelove’s in Center City, which is much anticipated.

We asked Maida how the couple decides where to open next. Her answer? “I can totally reveal our master real estate plan for you: there isn’t one. (Ta-da!)” Still, she gamely answered a few questions via email–better than phone when you have a baby on your arm.

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Coming Soon: Groundbreaking for South Kensington’s Oxford Mills

Rendering of Oxford Mills

Rendering of Oxford Mills

It’s going to be an educational paradise, with a headquarters for Teach for America, discounted apartments for teachers, a cafe where intellectual ideas are discussed, offices for educational nonprofits and a fitness center, among other things. The project, headed up by D3 Real Estate Development, will be called the Center for Educational Excellence, and open next spring.

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