University City District/Interface Studios
University City District really knows how to do things right. It’s not only that their projects tend to be functional, popular and successful. It’s that when they have to present quote-unquote boring material, they know it’s better if it looks like candy.
Carefully examine the thorough case study results of UCD’s most popular project, The Porch at 30th Street Station, below, and you’ll see that the visuals by Interface Studio pleasingly evoke the sweetness of grape juice and the sticky tang of watermelon Jolly Ranchers. Also, remember Fun Dip? This report, visually, is the Fun Dip of case studies.
Google Street View of Watutsi II taken in 2011
The University City Review has a thorough, almost hermeneutical explication of the war that’s raging between the owner of the bar Watutsi II on 45th and Locust, Noel Karasanyi, and the two civic associations–Spruce Hill and Walnut Hill–who oppose him. Some of the complaints are about issues people simply have to put up with as a result of city living, i.e., a bar playing loud music until closing on Wednesday and Saturday nights. If that were all, it would be easier to swallow.
But neighbors claim there’s much more going on. According to UC Review, here are some of the allegations neighbors have made:
1. The bar stays open after 2 a.m. illegally
2. Patrons carry open containers out of the bar
3. Patrons “routinely” urinate outside
4. Patrons smoke marijuana outside.
5. There are open-air drug sales.
6. There are “physical assaults” outside the bar.
7. The bar has no Dumpster.
8. Staff and patrons throw trash on the sidewalk.
9. Bartenders put the bar’s trash in front of various residences in the area.
From UC Review:
It was such heartbreak for the Cedar Park neighborhood of University City when Elena’s Soul, a restaurant, bar and community gathering spot at 49th and Baltimore, burned down on Christmas Eve last year.
Compounding the tragedy, the Cedar Park Cafe and Gary’s Nails, two adjoining businesses, suffered damage as well and had to close indefinitely.
The Hub is the apartment building on the corner of 40th and Chestnut distinguished by its impressive ground-floor restaurant: Distrito, the Philadelphia outpost of Jose Garces’ popular celebration of Mexican cuisine. The building has a distinctive look: brown and yellowish rectangles make the exterior look woodsy, while the addition of bright green and sleek gunmetal gray spices things up. It’s not for everybody, necessarily, but for those who like it–and for those who simply want more space–good news: A Hub 2 is in the works.
The new building will be designed, again, by Piatt Associates Architecture, and will be attached to Hub 1. It will require the demolition of the Thai Singha House, but the restaurant isn’t going out of business–it’s just moving down the street to 3900 Chestnut. It’s on hiatus for a month or so while that happens.
Looking west along Baltimore Avenue. Cecil Baker + Partners rendering presented at July community meeting.
The Friends of Clark Park issued a statement offering its approval of 4224 Baltimore, a new development proposed and designed by a team consisting of the New York-based Thylan Associates; U³ Ventures; and Cecil Baker + Partners architecture firm. The approval, however, is predicated on a few recommendations/stipulations, as published in an open letter by the organization’s president Erin Engelstad:
Philadelphia Magazine‘s Best of Philly issue is on newsstands now, and for those interested in real estate, economic development, and the city’s future, there are some real standout picks in the magazine’s “20 Best Philadelphians.”
Those who kick some serious butt in the Property world? “Retail King” Michael Salove, “Liberators” Post Brothers and “Connector” John Fry. Congrats to those three, as well as the other 17–who are best revealed on printed paper, we assure you.
Photo: HipCityVeg website
The listing for this new-to-market University City home for sale, built around 1925, is as brief as they get at the moment: “stunning light filled fully updated home in Sadie alexander catchment. updated windows, electric, a/c, insulation and parking!” Perhaps, though, that’s all that needs to be said given the photos, which reveal the beautiful [...]
Ridge Flats East Falls project rendering via Eyes on the Street/PlanPhilly
3737 Market Street rendering via Philadelphia Real Estate Blog.
In her most recent Changing Skyline column, Inga Saffron noted fully seven apartment towers that are being built or heightened between 20th and 38th streets on Market and Chestnut. (Part of this stretch was what porn theater Forum owner Richard Basciano talked about rehabbing for a new vision of Market Street West–before one of his buildings collapsed and killed people.)
The developers, says Saffron, “now see the typical high-rise resident as a twentysomething with a good-paying job at a hospital or tech start-up.” As a result, all the apartments are rentals, and says Saffron, they look it.