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Our Top 2017 Commercial Real Estate Stories

The following CRE stories received the highest number of page views in 2017. From Philadelphia-specific covering breweries and affordable housing to healthcare real estate trends, these are our top stories of 2017.

Seven Multifamily High-Rises under Construction in Philadelphia

Published: July 17, 2017

Philadelphia underwent a large multifamily construction surge in 2017. Back in July, we noted some of our favorites. This includes the 17-story Ludlow at East Market development, The adaptive re-use project on the Divine Lorraine, and 1213 Walnut which includes an elevated dog park. Noted developers include Radnor Property Group, Hines, EB Realty, Scannapieco Development and more.

Philadelphia Market Rate + Affordable Housing: Lack of Supply, Too Expensive to Build

Published: January 16, 2017

Between 2016 and 2018, the pipeline delivery schedule of new multifamily units for Philadelphia is predicted to be 5,778. That makes the city 34th on the list of markets. However, the city also has one of the largest homeless populations. While construction costs are largely to blame, vacant and abandoned properties are providing developers like Pennrose and Dignity Housing opportunity.

Day in the Life of a CRE Broker: 1997 vs. 2017

Published: May 18. 2017

This guest post was a hit with out readers. The infographic showed us how much more time we save today, compared to 20 years ago. That’s mostly thanks to technological advances like tracking systems and CRM.

6 Delaware River Waterfront Projects in the Works

Published: August 23, 2017

The Delaware River waterfront is finally getting some love! Pop up shops and beer gardens have allowed for developments like Festival Pier and Cherry Street Pier to become realities. Eleven miles of the strip will even get greener. Greenways Inc. and Pennsylvania Environmental Council expect to complete trails spanning from Port Richmond to Torresdale in 2019.

City of Brotherly Brew: 10 New Philly Breweries in 2017

Published: May 15, 2017

breweries are popping up everywhere. Philadelphia is no expection. Vacant large spaces where factories once ran are being converted into hip breweries around Fishtown, Brewerytown and Spring Garden. Yards recently opened its new $19MM headquarters and names like Philadelphia Distilling and Sir Charles Hard Cider are surfacing in newly gentrified neighborhoods.

Why These 4 Brands are Diving into the Hotel Space

Published: January 11, 2017

West Elm, Shinola, Equinox and Karl Lagerfeld. What do all of these lifestyle and fashion brands have in common? They’re all working on disruption the hotel space. Watchmaker Shinola will open its first hotel in Detroit in Fall of 2018 while West Elm will open a number of hotels in tertiary markets.

Largest Publicly Traded Retail REITs by Market Cap

Published: March 16, 2017

Can you guess the largest publicly traded retail REITs? We’ll give you a hint: they’re headquartered in San Diego, CA, Chicago, IL and Indianapolis, IN. The largest market cap? It rounds out to a whopping $60.6BB.


Philly Tech Scene: How Diversity will Push it Past it’s Tipping Point

Published: January 30, 2017

An accidental all-female panel on tech? Unheard of. Through WeWork’s future of Philly event, we took a peak into the future of the city’s tech scene. Through large developments like Schuylkill Yards and partnerships between industry leaders like Comcast and smaller start-ups, Philly has plans to change the world. We will no longer be known as ‘New York’s little brother.’ We hope so, at least.

Danny Meyer sued in tipping scandal, Glimcher becomes Starwood CEO

Published: October 17, 2017

The only Mensch + Schlemiel post that made the top 10 list! Wonder why? Probably because fast-casual dining’s darling boy Danny Meyer was hit with a lawsuit. Meanwhile, Starwood Retail Partners named Michael Glimcher as CEO.


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