“Funky-Cool Spaces” Attract Creative Firms To Midtown Village

 

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Biddle Building at 1217 Sansom St | Photo: PernaFrederick.com

  • New York-based real estate firm Pantzer Properties has purchased the two-year old Sansom apartment building at 1605 Sansom for $40 million, says the Philadelphia Business Journal. Pantzer is investing heavily in this block, having secured the adjacent Oakwood Philadelphia for close to $30 million this summer. The eight-story Sansom building houses 104 rental units and roughly 10,900-square-feet of ground floor retail space that includes a salon and two restaurants.
  • The Philly History Blog’s Ken Finkel looks back to the history of the Grays Ferry Triangle, the “pizza-shaped-piazza” at the confluence of 23rd Street, South Street, and Grays Ferry Avenue. He discovers that the new-found appreciation for pedestrianism at the location is really nothing new. Finkel cites writer Christopher Morley from his 1920 report Travels in Philadelphia, noting that the area evinced “uproarious and naïve humors” back in the early 20th century.
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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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