Every now and then, a row house has to be more than a house. From the beginning of urban development, people have worked and live in the same buildings. Larger row houses are perfect for this intimate commerce. Below are a few of our favorite examples and we'll be adding more as we come across … Continue reading Row Houses at Work – The Row House Storefront
The neighborhood of Queen Village in Philadelphia, PA, is fast becoming the most-desirable place to live in Philadelphia. Recently, Philadelphia Magazine praised the positive growth and development of the greater Center City area and for local residents, myself included, the neighborhood just gets better every year. Learn more about Queen Village. Most residential properties in … Continue reading It Can Be Yours! 130 Queen Street, Philadelphia, PA
In Philadelphia, there are plenty of things that could do with improving; crime, violence, public schools, public transportation, etc. However, it could be these things that keep Philadelphia from becoming too crowded. And, when your city isn't over-developed, you get little streets with little blocks of little row homes such as this lovely example from … Continue reading Row House of the Week: A Small Street in Philadelphia
Our summer has been a flurry of activity leaving little time for row houses. Still, it's impossible to ignore them because they are everywhere. So, the other day I thought about how awesome bricks are because here in Philly, the vast majority of rowhouses are made of brick. OK, so maybe not everyone feels the … Continue reading We Love Bricks!
First, a big thumbs up to Grid Magazine. I acquired a complementary copy at my gym and was very surprised to find a variety of nice articles about preservation and sustainable living in Philadelphia, including one about historic masonry and how awesome bricks are. And, we all know how much I love bricks. Anyway, visit … Continue reading Is Historic Preservation a Good Thing?
I've lived in three great row house cities: New York, Baltimore, and Philadelphia. Say what you will about the quirks and negative things, all three cities have an abundance of row houses. But what makes a really great row house neighborhood? What if we started from scratch? Creating the Ideal Row House Neighborhood We can … Continue reading The Perfect Row House Neighborhood
One of the quintessential practices in urban row house living is to throw a block party. There are as many ways to throw a block party as there are blocks. This article touches on the basics and benefits. In any urban area, a strong community is important and a strong community begins with great neighbors. … Continue reading How to Organize a Successful Row House Block Party
It isn't hard to organize a block party (see our post about organizing block parties) and the benefits of neighbors getting to know each other is invaluable. So it's not surprising when a block party instigates more community activities among neighbors. Craig LaBan, a food critic at the Philadelphia Inquirer, wrote an article on May … Continue reading Beyond the Block Party: The Evolution of One Block’s Party
Originally published Fall 2009. Photos: John Sommo For nearly as long as there have been cities, there have been open air markets. As people started to live in closer proximity, there wasn't room to grow produce or raise livestock. Farmers, who lived in the outlying areas of development and could grow things, would bring their … Continue reading Shopping at a Farmers’ Market
Originally posted June 2008. If you live in a row house neighborhood, chances are you have to walk past other people's homes on a regular basis. And, if people leave their curtains open, most find it impossible not to sneak a peak inside. It's even better when a front door is left ajar. Drawn like … Continue reading Taking a Walking Tour of Queen Village