The East Side Comes Alive

Center City, east of Broad, is emerging from recession with a wave of new investment. This month, the barren Dow plaza on Sixth Street comes alive with a landscaped beer garden, signaling to 3 million annual visitors at Independence National Historical Park that there’s a city to be savored if they heed that American imperative to go west. On Chestnut Street, the 600 and 700 blocks began a renaissance of restaurants a decade ago and the transformation has reached the Benjamin Franklin House, as new ground-floor retail, including DiBruno’s, orients itself toward the growing downtown population. Can Thomas Jefferson University’s property on the 1000 block be far behind?

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