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Setting Up the 2020 PHS Flower Show “Riviera Holiday”

This Saturday is the opening day of the 2020 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, “Riviera Holiday.” For nine days, visitors to the Flower Show will be immersed in the sights and scents of the Mediterranean Riviera through garden displays, floral arrangements, design concepts, and more. Set-up Begins in the Philadelphia Convention Center We visited the site of the Flower Show (read more…)

From Carbon Reduction to Job Creation: The Philadelphia Energy Campaign

In our “Going Solar” series, we wrote about Solarize Philly, a citywide program from the Philadelphia Energy Authority (PEA) to help Philadelphians go solar. Solarize Philly helped 654 households and businesses go solar since 2017, but the program is only part of PEA’s 10-year initiative to create 10,000 jobs and to invest 1 million dollars in clean energy and (read more…)

The Alex Cactus

On November 3, 1984, when her son Alex was born, Deborah Solo received a Christmas cactus as a celebratory gift. For the next 30 years, the “Alex Cactus” bloomed every holiday season, and as the two of them grew, the plant’s health became a symbol of his own wellbeing. As long as the cactus was thriving, Deborah knew that (read more…)

The Secret Life of Buildings: DIY Basement Flooding Prevention Projects

If you’re a homeowner in Philadelphia, at one point or another you’ve probably experienced walking down your basement steps to discover a flood zone.   Unfortunately, Philly has a century-old sewage system that’s easily overwhelmed by heavy rainfall. When that happens, rowhouse basements are frequently left to bear the brunt of those inevitable water backups. According to the Philadelphia Water (read more…)

Going Solar: a series exploring clean energy in Philadelphia

Part 1: 6 Things You May Not Know About Going SolarPart 2: Solarize Philly This winter, we want to bring attention to solar energy. Our ‘Going Solar’ series will explore the ins and outs of going solar and the support available to go solar in Philadelphia. Part 1: 6 Things You May Not Know About Going Solar We’re beginning (read more…)

A Family Business: Q&A with Two Generations of Solo Real Estate

It all began with a department store on Chestnut Street that was once owned by Deborah Solo’s grandfather. In the 1940s, he decided to sell his share of the store, and purchase a few multi-unit buildings throughout Center City. After returning home from World War II, Deborah’s father began managing those properties. Little did he know then that he (read more…)

From Vacant Space to Protected Garden: Hawthorne Community Garden

In the Hawthorne neighborhood of South Philadelphia, Hawthorne Community Garden – aptly named – sits on Kenilworth Street, shaded by a generous tree canopy. Betsy Way, a transportation planner, first became involved with the garden in fall of 2015. After working in the New York City MTA for most of her career, Way wanted to move to a city (read more…)

Philly Wants You to Get a Sewer Line Warranty: Should You?

A clogged or burst sewer pipe is never in the plans. Yet, sometimes disaster strikes when you least expect it. One day everything seems fine, and the next, the street looks like a construction zone with jackhammers and machinery digging out a large hole in the asphalt. Somewhere underground, a pipe has burst, and now it may be the (read more…)

How Did That Get Built? Kensington Community Food Co-op

On the corner where Frankford Ave, Lehigh Ave and Coral Street meet, sits the Kensington Community Food Co-op. After nearly a dozen years in the making, KCFC opened its doors to the public on April 24th, 2019. The Co-op features a full natural foods grocery store with care for locally-sourced products, along with a gorgeous cafe serving coffee, kombucha, wine, (read more…)

Microbrews Help Homes Gain Macro Value in Philadelphia

Microbreweries seem to be popping up around every corner in Philly. But are they good for the neighborhood? Solo Real Estate investigates.