Monday, June 28, 2010

Redevelopment at the namesake

Story goes like this: Neighborhood of uncertain description starts to redevelop after decades of hard times. Realtors jump aboard and christen the 'hood "Graduate Hospital" in the listings, because hey, it's a big building and it's close by. Intrepid blogger (not me) gets feisty, shortens name to G-Ho. Actual Graduate Hospital almost immediately goes under, gets bought and renamed by the ever-expanding Penn borg. Meanwhile, the old offices a few blocks away sit empty.

Fast forward to the present day, where like the vaguely communist art on the building, better days are just ahead, comrade. After months in zoning hell (which may actually be worse than Hollywood's development hell), the Grasso group finally has permission to start work on YACC (yet another condo conversion). Why has such an unremarkable (if obviously positive) development made this blog lurch back to life? Three words (give or take a letter):

Honey's Sit 'N Eat. Go ahead, look at the menu. I'll wait.

Excited yet? There's more. The newly completed 777 South Broad building will soon be home to a fancy-pants, better than drugs sit-in Indian restuarant by the guys who brought you Tiffin. Remember when all we had was Sidecar?

In short, three cheers to developers who save space for commercial tenants, and who ink clients that the city already loves. So look while you can, because hopefully in the near future, vacant space 'round these parts will be a thing of the past.


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