Solo Team

Guard Our Beer Gardens!

In Philadelphia, pop-up beer gardens appear like oases amidst the urban heat. However some legislators are demanding the closure of the loophole in the liquor code that makes them possible. Will Philadelphians be forced back indoors to enjoy their summer shandies and IPAs?   The PHS (Pennsylvania Horticultural Society) pop-up garden and the Eakins Oval beer garden are two (read more…)

Blocks We Love: 4000-4037 Pine Street

Just south of UPenn’s grungy frat houses sits a pleasant surprise: some of Philadelphia’s most over-the-top Victorian architecture. Indeed despite its rowdy neighbors, history and beauty are all over Spruce Hill.   The 4000 block of Pine Street in Spruce Hill is one of these true West Philadelphia gems. This particular block has been called “one of the handsomest (read more…)

Bright Lights, Big Issues

Philadelphians are rightfully proud of our city’s historic streetscape. But will a slew of proposed digital billboards add new life and energy to our city’s architectural heritage or serve as Las Vegas-style eyesores?   The Lit Brothers building on Market Street is the latest historic Center City building that may soon host a large digital billboard. Located just a (read more…)

New Digs: Brewerytown Renovation Part Two

Finding beautiful hardwood floors under nasty green carpeting was one of many big surprises that Ashley and Thomas in renovating their first home. We’ll explore these and other unique moments in Part Two of our New Digs: Renovation series. For Ashley and Thomas, removing that tired carpet was just one of many necessary leaps of faith taken during their (read more…)

New Digs: Brewerytown Renovation Part One

Buying and renovating a home is tough business, especially for first timers. In this two part series, we’ll meet Ashley and Thomas, newlyweds who recently purchased a house in Brewerytown and got to experience the ups and downs of the renovation process. Ashley, a mental health therapist, and Thomas, a youth soccer program director, were renting in Fairmount when (read more…)

Deborah Solo Talks Green Roofs with City Paper

Just in time for Earth Day, the Philadelphia City Paper spoke with Deborah Solo about the new green roof she’s installing above our offices. When complete, this unique project will bring big benefits both to our building and surrounding area.   Of course, an environmentally-conscious lifestyle is one of the things we love about living in urban Philadelphia. It’s also (read more…)

Blocks We Love: 400-500 Locust Street

t’s a safe bet that most Philadelphians are ready for spring after this historic winter. And as we rediscover the outdoors, one block tucked away in Society Hill will offer one of the most impressive floral displays in the city.   While the tourists may flock to Society Hill for its history and architecture, locals love this area for another less (read more…)

Living Large in a Small Space

As fall starts, Philadelphia will once again fill up with new students and young professionals moving into small starter apartments. In this post, organizing expert Lydia Martin gives five great tips on how to organize small spaces for maximum effect.   Reduce In a small apartment, less stuff means less mess. Take inventory of what you own, setting aside (read more…)

Is Buying Cheaper Than Renting?

There’s an old axiom that says buying is smarter than renting. While that may not be true everywhere, a new survey finds that at least in Philly, buying does offer amazing savings.   Ask a recent first-time homebuyer and they’ll likely say their parents told them that while renting is okay at first, buying is a much better option (read more…)

Blocks We Love: 1600 South Broad Street

Ornate yet functional, busy yet often-overlooked, Broad Street is an avenue like no other in our city. One block in South Philadelphia, on the cusp of redevelopment, is a particularly fine example of how the street’s complex past is key to its promising future.   To be sure, the 1600 Block of South Broad Street is neither green nor (read more…)