Jacob writes about the intersection of money, culture and politics in building the spaces where the Philadelphia region lives, works and plays.

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Rents dip at Philly area’s newest big apartments, as coronavirus pandemic thwarts lease-ups

Landlords are competing with one another to entice homebound apartment-hunters into their newly opened properties.

Philly landlords face slim returns from retail tenants as first rents of coronavirus pandemic era come due

With nearly all shops and restaurants weakened by efforts to limit the pandemic’s spread, retail property owners have little to gain from playing hardball with their tenants.

Philly will use a Roxborough warehouse rent-free as part of its coronavirus food response

Philadelphia officials have taken up the owner of a soon-to-be brewery in Roxborough on its offer of two free months of rent for the city’s coronavirus response.

Studies see potential lift for metro Philly’s office market in post-virus boost for life sciences

While office leasing is likely to take an immediate hit from the plummeting economic activity that has accompanied efforts to contain the pandemic, the region’s “healthcare concentration is a prescription for office-market resiliency,” according to one report.

Coronavirus layoffs are hitting hotel, restaurant, and nonprofit workers hard: ‘It’s total annihilation’

Big employers in the Philadelphia region have announced more than 15 times as many layoffs so far this month than in all of March last year, a microcosm of the massive job losses that the coronavirus pandemic has visited upon the state and the nation.

Can Philly use eminent domain to take over the closed Hahnemann hospital for coronavirus patients?

Philadelphia has the authority to seize the former Hahnemann hospital by eminent domain. But that would mean the city has to buy it.

Pandemic’s next victim could be Philly’s retail renaissance

Business closures aimed at containing the pandemic are all but certain to result in a surge of vacancies, just when dealmaking for future leases has come to a virtual halt due to travel bans and economic jitters.

Roxborough warehouse offered rent-free for virus response before beginning new life as craft brewery

Bryn Mawr-based Alliance Partners HSP is offering to help organizations that can benefit from its 130,000 square feet of newly renovated space at 401 Domino Lane in Philadelphia.

NYC developer seeks home for historic SS United States after planned rebirth as hotel

The massive ocean liner has spent decades deteriorating at a dock near South Philadelphia’s big-box shopping district.

Navy Yard opportunity draws Hines, Hoffman & Associates, other big developers

The companies were identified on a short list of five semifinalists for the task of reimagining two separate sections of the former military barracks.