Philadelphia Between The Conventions

Philadelphia Between The Conventions

July 25, 2016  |  Morning Blend

How much has changed since the 2000 RNC, awaiting Temple’s digital-age library, and delegates help paint murals > more

Protesting Dilworth Park's Lack Of Protests

Protesting Dilworth Park’s Lack Of Protests

July 22, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Saffron critiques priorities for central civic space, gentrification concerns scuttle Point Breeze mixed-use grocery proposal, and 30th Street Station gets a patriotic light show > more

In The Belly Of Girard Theatre

In The Belly Of Girard Theatre

July 21, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Some dramatic urban exploration in bodega, smaller and targeted Target store opens on Chestnut, and South Broad median get mile-long mural > more

State Bill Would Bring Automatic Speed Cameras To Boulevard

State Bill Would Bring Automatic Speed Cameras To Boulevard

July 20, 2016  |  Morning Blend

PA Rep. John Taylor introduces speed enforcement bill for Boulevard, Planning Commission OKs three projects, and crews cleaning up for DNC > more

After 16-Year Hiatus, Mid-century Public Art To Return To Public View

After 16-Year Hiatus, Mid-century Public Art To Return To Public View

July 19, 2016  |  Morning Blend

The “Free Interpretation of Plant Forms” coming to Chestnut Hill, Point Breeze assents to partial residential conversion of Walter Smith School, neighbor wants to save tree from development in Pennsport, and public schools to double as community centers > more

Redevelopment Authority To Request Proposals For Germantown Y Reuse

Redevelopment Authority To Request Proposals For Germantown Y Reuse

July 18, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Gutted building finally to be redeveloped, South Philly warehouse on its way to becoming self-storage center, group touts Tacony waterfront park as national model, and checking in on Manayunk’s Isle Apartments project > more

Touring Honeygrow's New Fishtown Offices

Touring Honeygrow’s New Fishtown Offices

July 15, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Inside eatery’s new Fishtown office, suspended performance art over the Schuylkill, a closer look at the ongoing construction of the next Comcast tower, and state money to provide nearly 500 subsidized homes throughout city > more

Art Commission OKs 5th Street/Independence Hall Station Redesign

Art Commission OKs 5th Street/Independence Hall Station Redesign

July 14, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Market-Frankford Line station to get first upgrade in four decades, additional beds for the homeless during the DNC, Eakins Oval gets another mural, and Comcast getting generous with WiFi for some commuters > more

Bartram’s Garden Reasserts Itself With $2.7 Million Renovation

Bartram’s Garden Reasserts Itself With $2.7 Million Renovation

July 13, 2016  |  Morning Blend

A ribbon cutting ceremony for tomorrow on the Schuylkill, appeals filed against Blatstein's South Broad tower, more than 50 homes planned on South Kensington block, meerkats amaze with maze, and repositioning old nonprofits for New Philadelphia > more

Architecture Firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Newest Tenant At East Market

Architecture Firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Newest Tenant At East Market

July 13, 2016  |  Buzz

East Market adds Bohlin Cywinski Jackson to their growing list of design tenants for the former Snellenburg's and Family Court Building > more

For Mural's Sake, L&I Halts Renovations To Curtis Center

For Mural’s Sake, L&I Halts Renovations To Curtis Center

July 12, 2016  |  Morning Blend

L&I wants Washington Square mural preserved, sidewalk furniture removed for DNC, and ghost sign back in full view at Broad & Locust > more

Preserving Fairmount Avenue Before Development Surge

Preserving Fairmount Avenue Before Development Surge

July 11, 2016  |  Morning Blend

The state of preservation and identity formation on Fairmount Ave, American political art on display at PAFA, speculating in one pre-postindustrial section of Kensington, and Water Dept reverses lead testing methods > more

Rare Views And Vivid History Of Independence Hall At The Athenaeum

Rare Views And Vivid History Of Independence Hall At The Athenaeum

June 30, 2016  |  Buzz

The history of Independence Hall is told through an exhibition of visual architectural archives from the collection of the Athenaeum of Philadelphia > more

LOVE Park Renovations Hit Small Snag

LOVE Park Renovations Hit Small Snag

June 29, 2016  |  Morning Blend

LOVE Park renovations halted temporarily, DNC protestors not to limit themselves to FDR Park, mismatched styles on Ridge Ave, and applying the metric of hipness to Philly’s neighborhoods > more

Upscaling The Italian Market

Upscaling The Italian Market

June 28, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Squilla introduces legislation for Italian Market BID, PMC to pay up, church building coming down at 12th & Fitzwater, painting with light on Laurel Hill, and an illuminated mural on Percy Street > more

FDR Left Out Of DNC Day One, But Here He Is, Franklin Field, 1936

FDR Left Out Of DNC Day One, But Here He Is, Franklin Field, 1936

July 26, 2016  |  Vantage

Left out of DNC Day One, FDR--and his liberal coalition--was the crucible of the present day Democratic Party and a sea change in Philadelphia politics. He accepted the 1936 Democratic Party nomination at Franklin Field; here is his speech in full > more

With The DNC, A Peek Inside Election Days Of The 1980s

With The DNC, A Peek Inside Election Days Of The 1980s

July 25, 2016  |  Vantage

The DNC has a former West Philly resident revisiting days of ward committees, election judging, and driving the election results to City Hall Annex. Philadelphia big D- and little d-democratic life > more

On Callowhill, Channeling The Ghost Of Old York Road

On Callowhill, Channeling The Ghost Of Old York Road

July 22, 2016  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

Harry K. takes us down to 4th and Callowhill where an out of place fire plug summons the spirit of Old York Road > more

U.S. DOT Workshop Explores Capping And Connectivity On Vine Street

U.S. DOT Workshop Explores Capping And Connectivity On Vine Street

July 20, 2016  |  News

The U.S. Department of Transportation held a two-day community forum on July 16 and 17 exploring design interventions for reimagining Vine Street. Stephen Stofka has the recap > more

Historic Parish Complex In Kingsessing Gets New Life As Charter School

Historic Parish Complex In Kingsessing Gets New Life As Charter School

July 18, 2016  |  News

The much lauded Independence Charter School will transform the vacant Most Blessed Sacrament campus, reports Ann de Forest. But questions remain about the future of the Neo-Renaissance church, abandoned by the Archdiocese in 2007 > more

Marked Potential: St. Andrew’s Collegiate Chapel

Marked Potential: St. Andrew’s Collegiate Chapel

July 15, 2016  |  Marked Potential

With this month's Marked Potential Shila Griffith gives us a rock climbing gym with a heavenly view inside the divine sanctuary of St. Andrew's Collegiate Chapel > more

Decidedly Different West Philadelphia Twins

Decidedly Different West Philadelphia Twins

July 13, 2016  |  Last Light

Conflicting decisions often make for creative, architectural combinations. Contributor Starr Herr-Cardillo examines the colorful contrast of twins in West Philly with this photo essay > more

In West Kensington, A Primer On Early School Design

In West Kensington, A Primer On Early School Design

July 11, 2016  |  The Shadow Knows

The Shadow teaches us the origins of Philadelphia's educational architecture reform and the Samuel Sloan Plan with this stony schoolhouse at Cumberland and Hancock Streets > more

Summer Break

Summer Break

July 1, 2016  |  News

The Hidden City Daily team is taking a short summer vacation. We'll be back on Monday, July 11th. Have a great Independence Day! > more

Hidden Lens: Under The Spell Of A City Abstracted

Hidden Lens: Under The Spell Of A City Abstracted

June 29, 2016  |  Hidden Lens

In this first installment of Hidden Lens, a new series showcasing the captures of local photographers, we set our sights on the work of Rob Lybeck > more

Long Before The SEPTA Key: A Penny Ride On The Omnibus

Long Before The SEPTA Key: A Penny Ride On The Omnibus

June 28, 2016  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

Harry K. gives us a ride back to 1831 on Philadelphia's public transit predecessor > more

Learning From Dilworth Park's Water Magic

Learning From Dilworth Park’s Water Magic

June 27, 2016  |  Soapbox

Thérèse d'Auria Ryley examines how Philadelphia's relationship with water fountains and rivers is redefining the way urban planners design public space > more

<em>Rowhouse Workshop</em> Examines The Anatomy Of A Neighborhood Icon

Rowhouse Workshop Examines The Anatomy Of A Neighborhood Icon

June 24, 2016  |  Vantage

Armed with a 2016 grant from Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, architect Brian Phillips sets out to survey the ins and outs of the Philadelphia row house > more

First Run: Camden's Claim As Birthplace Of The Drive-in Theater

First Run: Camden’s Claim As Birthplace Of The Drive-in Theater

June 22, 2016  |  Vantage

Drive-in theaters were once synonymous with American automobile culture, summertime, and Saturday night. Now, only approximately 338 are still in operation today. Contributor Bart Everts takes us across the river to Camden where the world's first drive-in was designed and patented > more

In West Philly, An Old Auto Showroom With A Medical Condition

In West Philly, An Old Auto Showroom With A Medical Condition

June 20, 2016  |  The Shadow Knows

The Shadow gives us a lift to 56th and Chestnut where an early 20th century car dealership keeps its former function well hid > more