$30 Million Mixed Use Project Finally Set To Begin In Chestnut Hill

$30 Million Mixed Use Project Finally Set To Begin In Chestnut Hill

August 21, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Grocery Store and condos coming to Germantown Ave, a look at Sugarhouse’s phase 2, Awesometown living up to its name already, and an exhibit of upstate woodland scenes > more

Stay Of Execution For Furness Church On 47th

Stay Of Execution For Furness Church On 47th

August 20, 2014  |  Buzz

The West Philadelphia Church, designed by the firm of Frank Furness, was feared lost this June. But a concerted effort to save it has paid off, sources say > more

Smokin' Joe Almost Ready For Bronzin'

Smokin’ Joe Almost Ready For Bronzin’

August 20, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Boxing champion's memorial statue to be ready for April unveiling, partial building collapse in Queen Village, Roxborough residents question the viability of a Wendy's on Ridge Ave, and a talk tonight on neon signs in Philly > more

In Loft District, Upcoming Restaurant Aims To Bolster A Sense Of Community

In Loft District, Upcoming Restaurant Aims To Bolster A Sense Of Community

August 19, 2014  |  Morning Blend

The Brick & Mortar of a neighborhood, former leaders talk about closed transitional living program, expert says housing boom imminent, Convention Center labor agreement doing the trick, and inside Think Brownstone’s new Center City office > more

Church’s Commercial Replacement Cheats West Philly Of Appropriate Scale

Church’s Commercial Replacement Cheats West Philly Of Appropriate Scale

August 18, 2014  |  Morning Blend

The design of a one-story commercial development adds insult to injury, Blatstein preparing to demolish McIlhenny facade and dome, the history of the KYW Building, gleaning data in the Wissahickon, and the 12th Financial Empowerment Center opens > more

One South Broad, Now With ¼ Less PNB

One South Broad, Now With ¼ Less PNB

August 18, 2014  |  Buzz

Unexpected delays in removing the giant "PNB" letters atop One South Broad frustrated workers hoping to finish the job Sunday and caused major traffic headaches into the afternoon. Brad Maule dusts off the significance of the letters, which have stood atop the 28-story tower since 1956 > more

WetLand Explores An Inconvenient Future

WetLand Explores An Inconvenient Future

August 15, 2014  |  Buzz

WetLand gives a glimpse into Philly's not so far-flung dystopian future. The good news is with a little neighborly compassion and some floating gardens, we might be OK. > more

City Hires Lawyer To Fight Federal Lawsuit Against PGW Lien Policy

City Hires Lawyer To Fight Federal Lawsuit Against PGW Lien Policy

August 15, 2014  |  Morning Blend

What happens when tenants steal their last month’s gas, CDR approves The Study in UCity, Artisan Lofts developer Q&A, ZBA approves 10 homes for NoLibs, and woodworking in the Northwest > more

City Agrees To Increased Access, Educational Center In East Park Reservoir

City Agrees To Increased Access, Educational Center In East Park Reservoir

August 14, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Two groups leased the 37-acre site last month, Penn Health announces $1.5 billion expansion project, and Rendell and Nutter entertain the DNC > more

Out To Shut Down Asset Seizure Program, Homeowners Sue DA’s Office

Out To Shut Down Asset Seizure Program, Homeowners Sue DA’s Office

August 13, 2014  |  Morning Blend

The DA allegedly overextends itself in cash cow program, PHA breaks ground in Strawberry Mansion, the stumbling block for Cresheim Trail, a call for Amtrak trains between Suburban and Market East, and a look at the new Palladino’s design > more

City Piloting Anti-Graffiti Tech

City Piloting Anti-Graffiti Tech

August 12, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Crews streamline the process of cleaning up graffiti, the street photography of John Moran, neighbors “ecstatic” over The Lincoln’s renovation, bike lane problems for 22nd Street, and Promise Zone to get a manager > more

Designing A Place To Pause In Frankford

Designing A Place To Pause In Frankford

August 11, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Hot pink attraction set to pop up in the spring, coalition stops William Penn High deed transfer, Philly's housing market affordable for millenials, seven homes to rise in "Port Fishington," and on renaming 30th Street Station > more

Design Review Committee Gives Green Light to Mormon Church High Rise

Design Review Committee Gives Green Light to Mormon Church High Rise

August 8, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Mormon Church’s residential tower still without public art proposals, Saffron on the right mix behind the Rodin Museum, previewing next week’s visit from the DNC, remembering the Northeast’s Sears Tower, and La Salle to break ground on new business school > more

Sale Of Bok And Vare Schools Likely Imminent

Sale Of Bok And Vare Schools Likely Imminent

August 7, 2014  |  Morning Blend

The School District employs strategic language in sale of school buildings, Nutter talks to NYC paper about Philly’s bid for 2016 Democratic Convention, the end of the University City High garden, sustainable Philly to be studied by international students, and the Boulevard to be repaved > more

Mummers Parade Could Be Shortened By 60%

Mummers Parade Could Be Shortened By 60%

August 6, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Parade route to be altered, home for vets up and running, Fairey working on mural on Frankford Ave, ‘round the clock weekend subway service extended, and Spring Garden bridges to be renovated > more

Taking Back Taney: All-Star Little Leaguers Make Good A Sullied Name

Taking Back Taney: All-Star Little Leaguers Make Good A Sullied Name

August 20, 2014  |  Vantage

Taney Dragon fever is boiling red hot and we couldn't be prouder. Ryan Briggs looks into the name behind the team behind the street behind the gang behind the man. > more

Saddle Up! Lacey & Phillips Building May Ride Again

Saddle Up! Lacey & Phillips Building May Ride Again

August 18, 2014  |  The Shadow Knows

The Lacey & Phillips building has sat vacant for the last eight years. With a new owner taking the reigns, there may still be another life in it yet. The Shadow gives us the history; whips, bits, spurs and all. > more

The Pintos: A Philadelphia Immigration Story, Told Through Art At Washington Avenue Pier

The Pintos: A Philadelphia Immigration Story, Told Through Art At Washington Avenue Pier

August 15, 2014  |  Vantage

With Pier 53 officially open on the Delaware Riverfront today, Philadelphia welcomes its newest park—and its newest piece of public art. Brad Maule profiles Jody Pinto's Land Buoy and the tale of art, nature, and immigration it weaves on the site where her father came to America with his family > more

The Other Shoe Drops On Modernist Landmark

The Other Shoe Drops On Modernist Landmark

August 13, 2014  |  Vantage

Coward Shoe Store on Chestnut Street was once a testament to post-war modernism. With demolition close at hand, the Stonorov and Kahn building gives way to the cycle of redevelopment > more

With Demolition Likely, RIP Dewey's Famous

With Demolition Likely, RIP Dewey’s Famous

August 11, 2014  |  Vantage

Bob Skiba reviews the pathbreaking LBGTQ history of Dewey's Famous coffee shop on 13th Street in Center City. The unusual one story building may be demolished > more

Life Anew For The Living Collections At The Barnes

Life Anew For The Living Collections At The Barnes

August 8, 2014  |  Vantage

When the Barnes Foundation moved to the Ben Franklin Parkway, they recreated the galleries Albert Barnes crafted to a T. But the Barnes' living collections—the trees and gardens that his wife Laura crafted to enhance the total Barnes Foundation experience—were immovable. Two years after the art's relocation, the gorgeous 12-acre Barnes Arboretum is open to the public in a way it never was before > more

At Laurel Hill, An 1830 Music Room Lives On

At Laurel Hill, An 1830 Music Room Lives On

August 7, 2014  |  Vantage

Thought all the vestiges of the Bicentennial were gone? Not this--a nearly 40 year old music series at Laurel Hill Mansion > more

The Many Lives Of The Wayfarer’s Lodge

The Many Lives Of The Wayfarer’s Lodge

August 4, 2014  |  The Shadow Knows

The Shadow Knows that from homeless shelter, to chemical plant, to upscale apartment building, few Philadelphia structures have had as varied a history as 1720 Lombard Street > more

An Anniversary To Forget: August 1, 1944

An Anniversary To Forget: August 1, 1944

August 1, 2014  |  Vantage

70 years ago, on August 1, 1944, white Philadelphia transit employees staged a wildcat strike to keep African Americans from becoming trolley drivers. At the height of the war effort, FDR had to step in > more

Under World

Under World

July 31, 2014  |  Last Light

What's life like under the El in Kensington? There are a million answers, and here are a few of them courtesy of three street photographers > more

In Parkside, Habitat For Humanity Takes On New Challenge: Preservation

In Parkside, Habitat For Humanity Takes On New Challenge: Preservation

July 30, 2014  |  News

Neighbors and volunteers confront challenges as they attempt to restore their Philadelphia historic register houses. Some preservationists argue that this kind of project, in a low income neighborhood, requires a new approach. Michael Buozis files this report from West Philadelphia > more

Fairmount Park Guard Houses: A Survivor's Guide

Fairmount Park Guard Houses: A Survivor’s Guide

July 29, 2014  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

The Fairmount Park Historic Preservation Trust is busy restoring the few of these uniquely Philadelphia buildings that remain. Harry K tells us why they're important and where to find them > more

Lost & Found (And Lost Again)

Lost & Found (And Lost Again)

July 28, 2014  |  Vantage

Keep a close eye on construction sites and you sometimes see a hidden layer of history come to light. Peter Woodall has been saving up good examples for a while now and brings us this collection > more

A Place Called The Plateau Is Where Everybody Goes

A Place Called The Plateau Is Where Everybody Goes

July 24, 2014  |  Last Light

With yesterday's dedication of the John K. Binswanger Grove of Park Champions, the Fairmount Park Conservancy ushered in a new era of growth at the Belmont Plateau. It's always been Brad Maule's favorite place to survey the growth of the Philly skyline > more

Remembering The City’s Last Potter’s Field

Remembering The City’s Last Potter’s Field

July 23, 2014  |  Vantage

Reporter Michael Buozis finds himself in the Far Northeast hunting down the city's last potter's field, its only marker spray painted on a utility pole > more