Bounded by Broad, 15th, Spring Garden, and Brandywine Streets
|This lot stares back at you.|
This Asphalt Assfield never really had anything exciting sitting on it. It's not like there's some kind of long history or great story associated with this thing. It's just a crappy block that became a crappy empty lot and has stayed that way for decades. It held an auto dealership on the Broad Street side and rowhomes on the 15th Street side.
|1948. The lot is in the upper left.|
|They should call it the Fuck You Empty Lot House.|
I wish I had some kind of crazy story about something cool that happened in this spot, but again, there's nothing. The only thing I can really tell you is how the eastern end of this space has been a decades-long empty lot BEFORE. It was a lumber yard in the mid 19th Century and an unused parcel in the late 19th Century. Buildings first appeared there in 1910.
So if there's nothing cool about this lot, why write about it? Well, there shouldn't be a empty fucking lot at such a major intersection and it needs to be exposed, that's why. Build something here already! With all of the gentrification and development plans for this part of North Broad that everyone seems to be excited about, 7 million possibilities exist for this piece of shit.
A condo tower. A commercial skyscraper. An Ass-Shaving Resource Center. A Museum of Fingernail History. A giant sculpture of a stapler. The possibilities are endless!
UPDATE! Philaphile Scoats has pointed out that this lot is actually TWO empty lots put together. The west side is the one owned by the guy from LBI. The other side was purchased in 2000 by some dude from NYC. Thanks for the tip!
|This is still better than what's there now.|