May 5, 2014 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. The year was 1992; the place, Northern Liberties. The median price of a house, mostly the two- and three-story brick row variety, was $26,600. A northward trek from Old City was underway - artists first, then restaurants and other businesses looking for space and cheap rents. There was some building of what one neighborhood activist called "homes of the future" - listed at $200,000 in a city in which the median price was struggling to top $60,000.
July 31, 2013 |
During the red-hot real estate boom of a few years back, flipping was big sport in many parts of the country but not particularly popular in the Philadelphia region. Times change, bubbles burst, and the game of buying and selling adjusts accordingly. These days, with the market improving and prices at pre-boom levels or less, flipping single-family homes is becoming more common in those city neighborhoods and area towns where investors see the opportunity to make quick money. Hip, desirable neighborhoods such as Northern Liberties, Fishtown, and Passyunk Square have become targets for flipping.
May 13, 2014 |
ANGELA POTE remembers many low points in her life - living in a place where she had to fight rats from the crib. Or sending one of her sons to school with a single Pop-Tart for lunch, because that's all she had. Maybe one of the lowest, though, was living in a house in Fishtown with barely any walls; there was electricity, but no heat or hot water. She would curl up in bed with her six kids trying to stay warm. This was hard because they lived there through a winter of ice storms. Fortunately, her mother-in-law lived down the street, so she would take her kids there to feed and wash them.
January 5, 2015 |
Surrounded by Fishtown's redbrick sea, Palmer Cemetery is an eerie urban island. Neighbors of the 250-year-old burial grounds insist spirits of the Revolutionary and Civil War veterans interred there sometimes prowl its weathered headstones and foreboding maples. Meanwhile, just a block away, another more tangible neighborhood ghost is stirring to life. At the cramped corner of Tulip and Palmer Streets, a long-abandoned Industrial Age building that, in terms of its baseball pedigree, may now be the most significant structure in Philadelphia is being converted into 30 apartments.
January 9, 2015 |
When it comes to restaurant trend forecasts, there's sometimes a tendency toward the frivolous: Is kale finally wilting? Are doughnuts the new cupcakes? Will this be the year crickets become a mainstream protein? But when chefs and forecasters look to 2015, they see more substantive changes ahead. Those have less to do with what's in fashion than with evolving technology, looming concerns about sustainability, and a pressing need to manage costs as restaurant workers seek higher wages.
March 1, 2014 |
Stand at the corner of Ninth and Berks Streets in North Philadelphia and you can practically feel the tidal wave of gentrification bearing down from both directions. One block west, the twin concrete towers of Temple University's Anderson Hall loom up like a medieval gate. Walk a few blocks east and you're enveloped in the hipster precincts of Fishtown. But the parts in between have been forsaken for so long that it's hard to recall what this rowhouse neighborhood was like in its prime.
August 17, 1988 |
AT GIRARD AND BERKS, Vickie Williams and son Mike, 3, stop to chat with a neighbor, Angelo Vassios, while their transportation takes five. Williams, who boards her gray Arabian, TC, in a nearby stable, occasionally rides it in her Philadelphia neighborhood. Vassios is the owner of the Girard Restaurant at Girard Avenue and Berks Street in Fishtown.
July 30, 2009 |
David W. Sale Jr., the 22-year-old killed outside a Phillies game Saturday, had worked for a North Wales chemical company for a year and was a "good employee and friend of many people," the company says. This weekend, the friends who remembered Sale as cheery and hard-partying will gather to bury him at a Souderton church. "I'm never going to find anyone even close to him as a friend," said Dan Curran, 22, of Lansdale, who had Phillies season tickets with Sale. The two, friends from their North Penn High School days, used to take road trips to Pittsburgh, attend country-music concerts, and share other adventures.
September 15, 2014 |
What's in a name? For developer Chad Ludeman, quite a lot. His projects include Awesometown in Fishtown, Duplexcellence in South Kensington, and Folsom Powerhouse in Francisville. And now, Pop! - two cork-clad and -insulated houses that feature purifying air-filtration systems and green roofs. Postgreen Homes, founded by Ludeman and run by him, wife Courtney, and partner Nic Darling, is anything but an ordinary development company. And quite a few buyers, it turns out, are sold on those distinctive names.