Originally Posted by theWatusi
If this was true, North Broad Street should be booming all the way up to Nedro Street. Aside from Temple, this is not the case at all.
Regarding North Broad St, what do you exactly mean by "booming"??? Do you mean Starbucks should be on every main corner from Girard to Olney Aves??? Do you mean upscale boutiques should line every main shopping district on Broad St???
The stretch of North Broad from Girard to Cheltenham Aves has always been working to middle class. Nothing ritzy about it, except the mansions, some of it still lining North Broad St since it's heyday as Millionaires Row. Other than that, it was working to middle class since it was even mostly white.
Below Girard Ave, it's evolving into someting different , with the Met finally being renovated from the outside, condos popping out, infill taking place outside of the mile-long radius of Broad St, and all the anemities like restaurants, boutiques, galleries, and other specialty shops.
Temple University is a special case since from Cecil B moore to Susquehanna, then from Allegheny to Erie along Broad St, are building being built left and right for the use of Temple. Outside of Broad about a half a mile away is a different story, as it's mostly residential. This can be a mixed-income, diverse community rather than just a predominately black one. Also the houses that are planned to be built should blend within North Philly (read: rowhomes), and none of the detached, pre-fab crap that's popping left and right.