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Top News in Philly Development: August 2019

Ever feel like Philly changes so fast you can’t keep up? No sweat. We’ll be bringing you our favorite articles from the month on Philly development – North, South, East, and West. See below for a roundup of all the best local articles from July news.

Real Estate Trends and Market Updates:

Announcing Hey Rich Girl Real Estate E-Learning Platform
Where: Guru Observer
What: A new e-learning platform dedicated to women interested in learning the fundamentals of real estate investing launches under the name of Hey Rich Girl.

Philadelphia’s Changing Real Estate Market North of Fishtown
Where: Digital Journal
What: The neighborhoods just north of Fishtown – in particular Port Richmond and Kensington – are trending in real estate, with their currently more affordable property prices and growing businesses.

Court Reverses Philadelphia’s 2018 Assessment of Many Commercial Real Properties
Where: JD Supra
What: 2018 tax assessments of commercial properties in Philadelphia have been found unconstitutional, and the city will be required to issue a refund of up to $48 million.

The Real Estate Shake-Up: How Tech Is Transforming The Industry
Where: I4U News
What: From applying for mortgages to managing your home, real estate tech is offering more options to current homeowners and prospective homebuyers.

Philly is ranked 22nd in tech talent attraction and growth
Where: Philly
What: In a recent ranking of 50 tech cities in the US and Canada, Philly jumped up from the 24th to the 22nd spot.

Now hiring: Rebuild launches construction apprenticeship program
What: Applications for Rebuild’s new construction apprenticeship program will be open until August 16.

Philly first-time homebuyer program helps more than 100 families in first month
Where: KYW News Radio
What: Philly’s new first-time homebuyer program, which includes classes and grants to help with costs, sees early success.

Openings and Up-and-Coming Development Projects:

Rich investors may have let a hospital go bankrupt. Now, they could profit from the land
Where: CNN
What: The full story behind the closure of Hahnemann University Hospital in Center City, Philadelphia.

New Philadelphia Zoning Bills Introduced Look to Expand City Council Influence in Development, Curb Influence of Multifamily Development
Where: Obermayer
What: 2 proposed zoning bills could impact the development of multifamily properties in Philadelphia.

A Philly woman is building ‘not tiny’ houses for formerly homeless people — and their pets
Where: Plan Philly
What: A new affordable homes model breaks down with two new cozy cottage designs and plans to expand the model around the city.

Philly’s Chestnut Street Bridge Set to Close for a Year: What You Need to Know
Where: NBC10 Philadelphia
What: Chestnut Street Bridge will close for a year beginning August 5.

The Arts and Architecture:

The Beautiful Weirdness of Philly, One House Picture at a Time
Where: Philly Mag
What: A Twitter account is collecting photos of every house in Philly via Google Maps images, and constructing a story of the uniqueness of Philly.

Can South Philly Hold On to What’s Always Made It Unique?
Where: Philly Mag
What: The story of South Philly’s enduring status overtime as a neighborhood that anyone and everyone can call home.

Read while you ride: SEPTA offers free books to commuters
Where: KYW News Radio
What: You can now borrow, and even keep, free books on your SEPTA commute courtesy of a new program.

These century-old photos of Philly will be displayed on Wi-Fi kiosks along Market
Where: Philly
What: A new project makes centuries-old photos of Philadelphia available for public viewing.

Do you have questions about Philly’s changing neighborhoods and real estate trends? Reach out to Christina Briglia, Realtor, anytime at 267.231.5484 or

Category: News, Philly Real Estate