Most of us have to admit when we hear the term 'office space' our first thought isn't 'how exciting!'. Well, if you have any interest in Real Estate investment and the residential neighborhoods here in Philly you should probably reconsider that reaction.
In this week's episode we spend some time with Ed O'brien, CEO of Firstbase, and learn about the history of the commercial office market here in Philly, it's impact on residential trends and the immediate influx of new commercial space we're seeing in Center City.
It's not something that jumps to forefront of your mind when you think of Real Estate but the politics and policies of density in Philadelphia are probably the largest factors effecting quality of life and affordability in our ever changing city. Look no further than how parking policies, or the lack there of, is effecting our neighborhoods and turning the meekest of citizens into a enraged tire slasher.
It sounds simple but the idea of building modern green homes that the average Philadelphian can afford is anything but. Fortunately developers like Chad Ludeman of Postgreen homes is not afraid of a big challenge. In this episode we talk with Chad about what it was like to jump into the development game, his current projects, and what he's seeing in blossoming neighborhoods like Old Kensington, South Kensington and Francisville.
In 2004 two friends, William Reed and Paul Kimport, decided that with the success of their first bar, Standard Tap, it was time to do it all over again. They bought their second bar in a little working class neighborhood by the Delaware River called Fishtown, keeping the bar's original name ‘Johnny Brenda's’. This is part 2 of our interview with William Reed.
With the worldwide debut of Creed, the latest film in the Rocky franchise, we sit down with William Reed, whose iconic Fishtown Bar, Johnny Brenda's, is a featured location in the movie. William shares what it was like getting started in the 90's with his first bar, The Standard Tap, in the then not-so-great neighborhood, Northern Liberties, and why they decided to open JB's in what was an even more obscure neighborhood called Fishtown. You don't want to miss this special holiday two-part episode of Phila-State.
In this episode we talk to Lindsey Scannapieco, founder of the urban design and development studio, Scout LTD, that’s the organization behind Building Bok, the transformational project of the vacant former Bok Technical High School in South Philadelphia.
We sit down with a first-time-home-buyer who recently purchased a home in the Philadelphia neighborhood of Fairmount and walked away with a not so pleasant taste in his mouth. Real Estate Agents, it's time to take our medicine.