Ask Jennifer Adams: Must I create an accent wall?

Considering an accent wall and can’t figure out which wall to accent? Or your landlord won’t let you paint?

Ask Jennifer Adams: Must I create an accent wall?

Considering an accent wall and can’t figure out which wall to accent? Or your landlord won’t let you paint?

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Can heritage retail like Hoa Binh Plaza withstand the tidal force of Philadelphia’s housing boom? | Inga Saffron

As much as Philadelphia needs to refresh and expand its housing stock, it also needs the jobs, culture, and social networks that independent heritage businesses like Washington Avenue’s Hoa Binh Plaza provide.
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Can heritage retail like Hoa Binh Plaza withstand the tidal force of Philadelphia’s housing boom? | Inga Saffron

As much as Philadelphia needs to refresh and expand its housing stock, it also needs the jobs, culture, and social networks that independent heritage businesses like Washington Avenue’s Hoa Binh Plaza provide.

N.J., with nation’s highest property taxes, keeps up fight over federal tax law changes

New Jersey, Connecticut, and New York are suing the Internal Revenue Service for blocking a workaround to new state and local tax deduction limits.

N.J., with nation’s highest property taxes, keeps up fight over federal tax law changes

New Jersey, Connecticut, and New York are suing the Internal Revenue Service for blocking a workaround to new state and local tax deduction limits.
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On the market: Quiet family home in Secane for $224,900

The homeowners were drawn to the front porch and the back yard. “It’s the perfect space for hosting barbecues with close friends and family,” she said. “We instantly pictured ourselves sitting out there in the summer, drinking a cup of coffee in the morning.”

Some use the word 'gentrify' to mean 'invest.' Here's why that's a problem.

The term “gentrification” has evolved into a catch-all for investment, revitalization, and displacement. Depending on who you ask, it’s actually some of, none of, or all of those things.

Philly had to finalize 2020 property values in March. So why did 30,000 taxpayers just receive new assessments?

A city spokesperson says some property owners receive late assessment notices every year. But the letters mailed June 28 caught homeowners by surprise, and will result in tax increases for most of them.

Effects of gentrification on longtime residents are not as negative as typically perceived, Philly Fed says

The study, which examines U.S. Census data over a 10- to 14-year period, finds that longtime residents who stay in a neighborhood reap the benefits of change, including less exposure to poverty and rising homes values. Still, the study acknowledges that low-income residents are more likely to...

Landscaping creates a bucolic setting for a mid-century modern house in Montgomery County

The Rydal house “had been waiting for me when I walked in the door,” owner Craig Wakefield said. “During that first visit, I was able to see the garden rooms that now can be seen from the house.”

Philly charter founded by indicted labor leader plans new school at slain developer’s South Kensington site

The board of the Philadelphia Authority for Industrial Development is scheduled to vote on a bond issue of up to $30 million to finance the Philadelphia Electrical and Technology Charter High School project at 1525 N. American St.

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An old firehouse, not tax breaks, brought this company to Camden | Inga Saffron

An international architecture firm is now the steward of a historic firehouse in the city's Cooper Grant neighborhood.

Officials rejected plans to turn a city-owned W. Philly site into a climbing gym, a charter school, and homes by NFL's Malcolm Jenkins

Documents provided to the Inquirer under the state's Right-To-Know Law shed new light on options that came under consideration for the 4601 Market St. property.

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Visit the secret spaces and unearthed past of 30th Street Station

Philadelphia’s train station, recently renamed the William H. Gray III 30th Street Station, has meaning for this city far beyond the long-defunct railroad company it was built to glorify.

Doing roof work in the Philly area? Here’s how to pick a roofer

Use Checkbook’s ratings of local roofing contractors. In its evaluations of area roofing companies, it found big company-to-company differences in customer satisfaction.

Everything has its place — and that place is not the floor

Drawers, shelves, cabinets and closets are all storage spaces. Your floor is not.

New Crane Chinatown apartments to open this month, but some ask: Where’s the affordable housing?

PCDC was criticized for building a mostly market-rate apartment tower after years of calling for affordable housing. Now, with only 3 affordable units out of 150, PCDC exec John Chin says it put its money into a community center, gym, preschool and plans for health care offices.

In Philly’s changing Grays Ferry neighborhood, a chance at preservation — and apartments — for a Catholic convent

The St. Gabriel Catholic Church, located near 29th and Dickinson Streets, has been a fixture in Grays Ferry for decades. While the church remains active, a developer wants to turn the convent into 20 apartments.

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