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Old 08-15-2011, 09:45 PM
 
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glade Philly will finally get a plain to fix the place up. My grandmother grew up in Port Richmond and now we took her back to the area and she could of cried. The place is a dump now and no one seems to car. People are letting homes go to crap and trash is all over the place. So if we can make a plain to make Philly better then it will make more people want to check the place out.
I don't know what part of Port Richmond your grandmother was from, but, honestly, most of it is doing better than it ever was. The parts west of Aramingo have suffered a bit from a specific slumlord scheme that was well-documented in local media, but it has started to see gentrification by your typical urbian pioneers push out from Kensington, while the part south of Aramingo was really invigorated by the flood of Polish immigrants that came to Philly in the 90s... including me. Closer to Lehigh, south of Aramingo, the area has seen an influx of young professionals who have brought their cafe-patronizing lifestyle with them, while south of Aramingo, closer to Castor, a lot of the industrial parcels have been filled in by recent construction that has brought a quasi-suburban lifestyle to this long-forgotten corner.
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Old 08-15-2011, 09:51 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista
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I don't know what part of Port Richmond your grandmother was from, but, honestly, most of it is doing better than it ever was. The parts west of Aramingo have suffered a bit from a specific slumlord scheme that was well-documented in local media, but it has started to see gentrification by your typical urbian pioneers push out from Kensington, while the part south of Aramingo was really invigorated by the flood of Polish immigrants that came to Philly in the 90s... including me. Closer to Lehigh, south of Aramingo, the area has seen an influx of young professionals who have brought their cafe-patronizing lifestyle with them, while south of Aramingo, closer to Castor, a lot of the industrial parcels have been filled in by recent construction that has brought a quasi-suburban lifestyle to this long-forgotten corner.

yea agree, port richmond is for the most part trending up. it is a lot less white now then it was 20 years ago though. Moderator Cut

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Old 08-16-2011, 07:06 AM
 
Location: The City
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Heard a blurb on 1060 this AM. Apparently Toll Brothers is building a new 70+ unit condo tower on the old New Market footprint in Headhouse Square. I think ~ 20 stories. need to track down details but this has been a long vacant space from the failed New Market endeavor from the 80s. The lot is basically next to and behind Blackhorse toward front street.

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Old 08-16-2011, 07:18 AM
 
Location: The City
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Heard a blurb on 1060 this AM. Apparently Toll Brothers is building a new 70+ unit condo tower on the old New Market footprint in Headhouse Square. I think ~ 20 stories. need to track down details but this has been a long vacant space from the failed New Market endeavor from the 80s. The lot is basically next to and behind Blackhorse toward front street.

Check that, only 4 stories apparently

Toll Bros. is interested in a long vacant Society Hill eyesore - Philadelphia Business Journal
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Old 08-16-2011, 07:28 AM
 
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This is great news. That lot has been a vacant eyesore for far too long. My first job our of college was for an agency headquartered above the Darkhorse (then the Dicken's Inn), which made for some extremely convenient Friday afternoon happy hours. Anyway, around the summer of 2002 Will Smith and a few investors were one compromise away from buying the location and putting in a movie theater. Obviously that fell through, and in hindsight, I'm glad it did. Can you imagine what Headhouse Sq. would look like on a Friday or Sat. night? Glad someone is finally taking advantage of that lot though. Can't get much better location in the city than that IMO.
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Old 08-16-2011, 07:40 AM
 
Location: The City
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This is great news. That lot has been a vacant eyesore for far too long. My first job our of college was for an agency headquartered above the Darkhorse (then the Dicken's Inn), which made for some extremely convenient Friday afternoon happy hours. Anyway, around the summer of 2002 Will Smith and a few investors were one compromise away from buying the location and putting in a movie theater. Obviously that fell through, and in hindsight, I'm glad it did. Can you imagine what Headhouse Sq. would look like on a Friday or Sat. night? Glad someone is finally taking advantage of that lot though. Can't get much better location in the city than that IMO.

Agree on the movie theater; would be a shame to waste this great space on a theater. I am feeling more and more that the gallery should somehow integrate that (theater as if it it were up to me).

I also remember going to New Market and the Rusty Scupper as a kid, and while the NM failed the location is stellar. I am also glad to see something finally (hopefully) filling the great space, Toll Brothers or not. I will be very interested to see the design plans. Hopefully it compliments the great archictecture and style of Headhouse.
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Old 08-16-2011, 03:36 PM
 
Location: West Cedar Park, Philadelphia
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Good news everybody!
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Old 08-26-2011, 09:29 AM
 
Location: The City
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Looks like the ACC is officially dead

Another Comcast tower in Center City? | PhillyDeals | 08/25/2011
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Old 08-26-2011, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Boston Metrowest (via the Philly area)
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Yeah, but it was never viable anyway. Much better to hold off for a more economically feasible plan than build a ghost tower, which would end up hurting Center City in the long run.
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Old 08-31-2011, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista
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sounds like some really good news

Philly readies big development announcements | Philadelphia Inquirer | 08/31/2011

I wonder what the major company is that relocating to philly? any guesses?
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