It's like a mix of the hoodness of Baltimore and urbanity of Brooklyn. WTF happened here
, though?! Is there a law in Philly stating that GHO constructions have ugly, faux bay windows, and renovations in Point Breeze have bizarre window layouts and stucco jobs? I also love that shot of the raw, gritty Loft District/"Chinatown north" fabric. As always, an exemplar job on your behalf, Mr. Ives.
And, yes, I hope Philly can...I don't even think gentrify is the right word. In so many parts. the urban fabric is so broken and decimated/disjointed, that you are better off starting from scratch. There is classic gentrification going on, too: Francisville, Point Breeze, Powelton Village, East Passyunk/classic "South Philly", Cedar Hill, East Kensington, North Broad, the areas on both sides of Spring Garden (Loft District and West Polar - I think?) are all gentrifying. Additionally, Northern Liberties, Fishtown, Bella Vista/Queen Village, Old City, and the areas of West Philly closest to the universities (Spruce Hill, for one) all gentrified sometime during the last decade.