Mayor Jim Kenney attended the formal opening of the Philadelphia Immigrant Innovation Hub on Feb. 4. Photo | Brian James
The following statements have become truisms:
- Small businesses are the greatest engine of economic growth in America.
- Immigrants from abroad have played a major role in the revival of many Philadelphia neighborhoods.
Mt. Airy in Northwest Philadelphia is not a neighborhood in need of revival — it remains an attractive and desirable place to live with a healthy commercial district — but the people in charge of keeping it that way saw signs of distress on the horizon and have their eyes on the long run.
Armed with a Knight Cities Challenge grant, Mt. Airy USA has formally opened the Immigrant Innovation Hub this month. Read more »
Photo credit: Metcalfe Architecture & Design
A Philly eatery was put under the spotlight recently, though not for the reasons you might be thinking. Instead of its delectables earning it accolades, it was its interior design: Mt. Airy’s Goat Hollow was dubbed HGTV‘s favorite in the “Posh Public Spaces” contest.
Goat Hollow, which re-opened in 2013 at the same spot it occupied nearly a decade ago, was originally a 1920s house before being converted into a restaurant. This time around, though, the owners had local firm Metcalfe Architecture & Design rehab the property with help from Philadelphia Salvage, Fillippi Bros., Inc., and Design Nehez.
The result? Gorgeous. We’re honestly surprised it took this long for someone to give it kudos.
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Over 50 food trucks provided plenty of snacks and sips for the estimated 15,000 people who attended the Mt. Airy Street Fare last evening. This was the third annual festival that stretched along Germantown Avenue between Sedgwick Street and Mt. Airy Avenue. Our friends HughE Dillon and Kory Aversa provided plenty of shots of the festivities and the people that made the evening a standout.
Last year’s Street Fare in Mt. Airy.
Back for another year, Mt. Airy’s Street Fare is coming this September (the 27th to be exact) to bring everything from notable local restaurants, to craft brews, to award-winning food trucks all to Germantown Avenue.
But there’s a catch. Lacking local funding this year, the organizers have a new plan: an Indiegogo page now allows you to donate and help fund the event. And they’ve got a bunch of perks to offer in return.
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Mt. Airy, Chestnut Hill and other neighborhoods in Northwest Philadelphia are about to see a massive makeover thanks to Mt. Airy USA, a community development group heavily involved, PlanPhilly’s Daniel Pasquarello says, in neighborhood revitalization projects.
In this instance, the group is spearheading the Connecting & Building Philadelphia’s Safest Corridors project, which involves creating a “much-needed regional wayfinding system of signs” and “the installation of 10 shelters along some of the area’s busiest bus routes.”
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6920 Boyer St, Philadelphia, PA, 19119
It should come as no surprise that we’ve featured an Arts & Crafts house more than once on Property since hallmarks of the movement include exposed beams, built-in bookcases, the use of natural materials, original oak wainscoting and inlaid hardwood floors. The style makes for charming residences and it just so happens that this home is one such property. (Although, in this case, its inlaid hardwood floors come with dark ribbon trim.)
Built by builder Ashton Tourison circa 1909, the home has only been sold twice in its lifetime. Careful preservation has allowed it to continue to boast original stained glass and brass lighting fixtures, with additional historical notes like a servant’s gong, a secret safe, which, according to the owner, is “hidden in a nook behind oak paneling,” and pocket doors.
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Thursday, October 30th
Peek-A-Boooooo Halloween Revue
Get spooked (in a good way) by this burlesque show full of tricks and treats. The ladies of The Boo, with Joey Martini and Count Scotchula, host an evening of adults-only fun with dancing Martians, a corpse bride, a GLAMpire Queen tribute, and tunes from The Striptease Orchestra. If you’re feeling especially spirited, get dressed up in your own costume – you could win a prize! Tickets can be purchased online.
When: 7:00 p.m.
Where: Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch Street.
Ghost Tales and Goosebumps: Local Legends by Firelight at Laurel Hill Cemetery
Gather around the campfire at the Laurel Hill Cemetery for a spooky night of storytelling! Tour guides will show you around, all while telling only the creepiest of ghost stories. Tours depart every half hour to tour the grounds and mausoleums. Enjoy hot cider and cookies afterward. This event is BYOF: bring your own flashlight! Tickets can be purchased online.
When: 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Where: Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Avenue
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There is a lot to love about this stylish Mt. Airy home. The stone facade is classic, the hardwood floors are gleaming, the kitchen is new and there is roof deck potential. But our favorite detail is the third-floor playroom, which has been made over as Mt. Airy’s own private family Småland, replete with all of the Swedish retailer’s most colorful children’s accessories.
Down on the ground floor, the home features a handsome foyer that gives way to a living room with fireplace and built-in cupboards. The brand-new kitchen features a built-in of its own: an island-style gas stovetop range. There is a breakfast room adjacent to the kitchen with richly patterned wallpaper and yet more built-in storage. Upstairs the five bedrooms are split between the second and third floors, most with adjoining bathrooms. The third floor has room for one bedroom, a bath, and the darling playroom.
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419 Gate Ln, Philadelphia, PA, 19119
In spite of its two-day period back on the market, the home has been attracting attention for much longer. A few years ago, Alan Jaffe included the property on a piece about the French Village in Mt. Airy in PlanPhilly’s “Look Up!” Here’s a snippet talking about the architectural history of the neighborhood:
“The French Village, whose homes are found on Elbow Lane, Gate Lane and Allens Lane, was built in easy walking distance from the Mt. Airy train station, as the area became a railroad suburb for the affluent businessmen and professionals of Philadelphia. The homes were built in the Wissahickon Style, incorporating the local mica schist, generous green landscape and flowing streams.
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Kellie Patrick Gates parses a hefty city planning commission survey at PlanPhilly this morning. Among the findings that might surprise you if you still subscribe to antiquated notions about renters: they are “highly committed” to their neighborhoods; many choose to rent despite their ability to buy; and the most highly committed renters in Philly appear to live outside Center City.
Among the findings that night not surprise you:
Other factors that respondents said kept them from buying included some Philadelphia-specific criticisms: School quality (31 percent), taxes (29 percent), the feeling they could get more house for less money outside the city (27 percent).
The report also found that Center City renters love exactly what you think they’d love. Restaurants, amenities and walkability. Renters in neighborhoods outside Center City cited closeness to friends and family as behind their decisions to rent where they do.
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