Jared Brey has reported on urban issues for Philadelphia magazine, PlanPhilly, Hidden City, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and Keystone Crossroads.
Articles by jbrey
- Bringing a Mixed-Use Mentality to Rehab of Philadelphia’s Century-Old Divine Lorraine
Published on June 12, 2017 in Mixed-Use
Eric Blumenfeld, a prominent homegrown Philadelphia developer, more than a decade ago began rehabbing buildings in the city’s North Broad Street corridor and inviting big-name restaurateurs to use the space. Now, with the reopening of the long-vacant Divine Lorraine as apartment/restaurant space, a beloved architectural icon, Blumenfeld, owner of EB Realty Management, believes his vision is finally coming together.
- Building for Innovation: Three Models
Published on March 09, 2017 in Planning & Design
How can land use foster the innovation economy? By partnering with anchor institutions and embracing the idea of a “minimum viable product,” where a stripped-down version is offered to early adopters and then modified based on the usage and other feedback, said development experts at a ULI Philadelphia event in February.
- Preserving the Past while Building the Future in Philadelphia
Published on February 01, 2017 in Market Trends
In the six years since Philadelphia began to slowly reverse decades of population loss, the city has seen its share of real estate development controversies. Most of these—involving questions of gentrification, tax abatements, and density—would be familiar in any number of U.S. cities that have undergone a resurgence in the past few years. But lately, discussions about the preservation and demolition of the city’s thousands of historic properties have been particularly pitched.