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PHILADELPHIA Tuesday, April 23, 2013

For sale: Home with ‘Love Letters’ mural Selling point. West Philly home with Steve Powers’ “Love Letters” mural can be had for $110K.

A priceless piece of art is in the discount bin. The three-story, West Philly row house draped in a Steve Powers “Love Letters” mural is up for sale. Asking price: $110,000. Powers used the home, at the corner at 50th and Market streets, as a canvas for one of 33 artworks that were strung together to form a love story. The complete saga is unveiled as the other artworks, splashed on homes stretching from 45th to 63rd streets along the El route, are revealed one by one. It was completed on Valentine’s Day 2010.

The building, which features a gutted groundlevel retail space and three apartment units, encompasses 1,348 square feet. Real estate agent Faith Boose said there are no guidelines for an owner to maintain or even keep the artwork. And she said that to this point, the art hasn’t been the main feature. “The price is the major selling point at this time,” Boose said.

Thriving. Center City District report shows area grew in 2012 Center City is thriving, according to the “State of Center City, 2013 report. “The report documents a turnaround in the residential real estate market,” according to the 72-page assessment presented Monday by Center City District President and CEO Paul R. Levy. “Between 2011 and 2012, the volume of home sales increased by Arrest


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“Knocked on your door. Legs tired, back sore. Migraine, for sure. No more, I swore. You smiled, I’m cured.”


The building, which features a Steve Powers mural, is for sale. RIKARD LARMA

16 percent in Greater Center City, while prices were up and days on market were down,” the report reads. The Center City population grew by about 11 percent between 2000 and 2012, according to the report. More than 24,000 children were born to Center City couples in this period as well. METRO Alert

Teen charged in melee

Police seek rapist

Police have arrested a 15-year-old for allegedly shooting another teen during a melee in East Germantown Sunday. He is charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault. METRO

A man allegedly raped and robbed a Wissinoming woman April 8. Police said the suspect punched the woman in the face, carried her across the street and assaulted her. METRO

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