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College Avenue Nodes: 42nd Street Edition

College Avenue Nodes: 42nd Street Edition
This is the last post in a series featuring College Avenue nodes in the Meridian Kessler neighborhood. Again, thanks to Mary Owens from the MKNA for all of the helpful information.   Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4 can be read here. Northwest: The northwest corner contains the 2 most prominent historic buildings at the intersection.  This one houses a barber shop, and is a former Kroger grocery store. Proof of the former Kroger at the entrance of the building: The other large building is a 3-story former Masonic Lodge.  It is now home to the Church of Christ as well as Taste of Philly...
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College Avenue Nodes: 46th Street Edition

College Avenue Nodes: 46th Street Edition
This corner has remained pretty much unchanged for a good number of years. The farther south one goes on College, the more impact a game-changing project like a streetcar or even a rapid bus line could have. Northeast: One of the most interesting and older buildings in the neighborhood with its limestone facade and exterior cellar entrance.  It has been the home of Big Al’s Superstore for a number of years. Southeast: Home of Double 8 Foods, this corner building has been the location of a small grocery store since the 1930’s.  I took this photo of the building a few years ago for an...
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College Avenue Nodes: 49th Street Edition

College Avenue Nodes: 49th Street Edition
This corner has seen the largest amount of change within the past four years.  And there is potential for that to continue, with a proposal for the first major mixed-use project along College Avenue to be built since the days of the streetcar. Northeast: This recently renovated building which used to house Steck Plumbing is now the home of Sinking Ship bar.  This would have been a very dangerous thing for yours truly if it happened a decade ago when I was living next door. The corner is also home to Recess, one of the top restaurants in town, and my personal favorite. Northwest: Hopefully, this...
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College Avenue Nodes: 52nd Street Edition

College Avenue Nodes: 52nd Street Edition
This is the second post in a weekly series featuring College Avenue business nodes. Post number one featuring 54th Street can be seen here. Northeast: This large building has been empty for several years ever since the former Movie Gallery closed.  A Mexican restaurant known as Calle 52 was proposed here, but a few of the neighborhood business owners objected, mainly over parking concerns.  The issue is currently tied up in court.  I find it unfortunate that these owners are opposed to this project, as it is certainly better for the corner than an empty building and an ugly fence.  More information...
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College Avenue Nodes: 54th Street Edition.

College Avenue Nodes: 54th Street Edition.
This is the first post in a weekly series focusing on each of the College Avenue Business Nodes.  On Saturday, February 25th, I met with Mary Owens, who is the head of the Land Use Committee for the Meridian Kessler neighborhood.  I would like to thank her for the helpful information that she was able to provide during our walk from 54th Street to 42nd Street.  First up: 54th and College. Northwest: The northwest corner has seen the most recent changes, so I thought I would start the feature there.  Mary Owens mentioned that the building has recently been purchased by a developer who has been...
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