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Recent Blog Posts

Construction Waste Not, Want Not

Philly is certainly experiencing a construction boom, but with all those new properties and rehabs comes construction waste—and lots of it. One company and a rotating cast of artists are working to turn constructing “waste” into something much more.   Neighborhoods in every corner of the city are seeing new housing stock go up, and countless existing homes being (read more…)

Blocks We Love: 1400 Block of East Montgomery Avenue

Living across a historic cemetery can be an asset year-round, not just around Halloween! Though the 1400 Block of East Montgomery Avenue is nestled in the heart of Fishtown, it is not your quintessential Fishtown block.   Typically, a Fishtown block consists of neatly packed two-story brick townhomes, a decent showing of small trees and (hopefully) a parking spot (read more…)

Deborah Solo Named One of Philly’s Top 15 Real Estate Agents

Solo Real Estate is proud to announce that Deborah Solo has just been listed as one of Philadelphia’s top 15 real estate agents!   The article describes the Solo difference Deborah provides:   “Following in the family tradition, Deborah Solo is the owner of Solo Real Estate. With a background in architecture, historic preservation, and as a native resident (read more…)

How Philly Can Maintain #1 Ranking for Bike Commuting

Despite lagging behind in biking amenities, Philadelphia was recently revealed to have the highest percentage of bike commuters among the largest U.S. cities. If the City steps up its bike infrastructure, could we become a contender for best bicycling City worldwide? The key word is “if.”   The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia (BCGP) released an impressively comprehensive study (read more…)

Big Changes Coming to Philly Skyline

It seems like every week developers announce plans to build a major new residential project in and aroundCenter City. All this construction has the potential to bring big changes to Philadelphia.   The week from February 12th and February 19th, 2014 was an extraordinary one for Philadelphia’s real estate sector. In those seven days, not one but three plans (read more…)

New Digs: Committing to Passyunk Square for the Long Haul

You know you’ve bought the ideal home when you never want to move out of it. “Not only is this our first house, but our last,” jokes recent homebuyer Carly Goodman. Her husband, Andrew Thomas, puts it more bluntly: “We want to die in this house.” The couple’s interest in remaining in situ is not only due to an (read more…)

Does Philadelphia Have a Williamsburg?

Gawker, a popular New York-based blog, recently stirred up controversy in Philly by declaring which neighborhoods in our city are equivalent to the NYC hipster havens Williamsburg and Bushwick. But does an exercise like this do more harm than good?   Let’s start by saying that placing one neighborhood into the context of another is a natural way to build (read more…)

Blocks We Love: 700 Block of Corinthian Avenue

Who thinks living across from a prison is an asset? We do, when that prison is historic Eastern State Penitentiary! Now a historic landmark, museum, and gothic revival wonder, Eastern State makes for a mighty fine neighbor for the 700 block of Corinthian Avenue.   Nestled in the heart of the charming Fairmount neighborhood, Corinthian Avenue is one of (read more…)

24-Hour Subway, 24-Hour City

SEPTA announced that it’s not yet bedtime for their 24-hour weekend subway service pilot program. Is this a step towards Philadelphia becoming a 24-hour city? If ridership remains high, the City of Brotherly Love may soon have a lot more nightlife to love.   Originally scheduled to end after Labor Day, SEPTA has extended the program through November 2nd. Making (read more…)

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…)