Craig Grossman: Transforming 13th Street from Red Light District to a Vibrant Cultural Hub

Craig Grossman: Transforming 13th Street from Red Light District to a Vibrant Cultural Hub

Craig Grossman is a General Partner at Arts & Crafts Holdings, which today is investing in the northern edge of Center City, around Spring Garden Street.

But, well before Craig and his team started investing in that area, he worked to invest in another Center City neighborhood which, today, looks nothing like it did when he got here in the early 2000s. Back then, the 13th Street corridor was pretty desolate, with tons of drug use, porn shops, and prostitution. Many people called it Philly’s “Red Light District.”

Craig at the time was working in New York City, and he took on 13th Street under the direction of Tony Goldman, who was famous for his previous revitalizations of SoHo in NY and South Beach in Miami.

Today, 13th Street is home to trendy restaurants, stores, homes, and nightlife.

 

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