Pearl Is Indeed Thinking Big For 16th & Walnut

Pearl Is Indeed Thinking Big For 16th & Walnut

September 1, 2015  |  Morning Blend

A 12-story mixed use planned for demolished Lululemon location, Washington Post opines on what the Pope visit means for Philly’s rep, Fairmount Park Conservancy gets federal arts grant, and some needed development in Southwest Philly > more

Come Swing Away On The Porch

Come Swing Away On The Porch

August 31, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Leisure swings at 30th Street Station’s Porch, why it is Philly's duty to stay in town and welcome the Pope madness, a festival seeks to make the Schuylkill a community gathering space, and City of Brotherly Love rated 3rd best host to tourists > more

Reviving The Potential Of Broad & Washington

Reviving The Potential Of Broad & Washington

August 28, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Another development set for Broad & Washington, Old Navy flagship coming to Chestnut, Wawa to open early for Pope, Philly traffic numbers looking good, and some help on deciding which Fringe Fest events to attend > more

Fall Lighting Expected For North Broad Light Masts

Fall Lighting Expected For North Broad Light Masts

August 27, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Nutter and Clarke discuss the $8.7 million lighting of North Broad Street, committee okays further discussion on 2nd & Arch proposal, Francis Festival Grounds a more welcoming phrasing than Green Zone, and The Fillmore gets ready for October unveil > more

Global Media’s Tour Of Philly To Draw Connections With Pope, Church

Global Media’s Tour Of Philly To Draw Connections With Pope, Church

August 26, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Preeminent tour guide preparing for global media, the Commerce Department coming through with kiosks on 52nd Street, lackluster infill by Clark Park, and life after the Fringe Fest > more

First Annual Belmont Plateau Hall of Fame Classic To Be Run This Sunday

First Annual Belmont Plateau Hall of Fame Classic To Be Run This Sunday

August 25, 2015  |  Morning Blend

5K will support maintenance of recently restored Belmont Plateau trails, 90% of Indego stations "healthy," Ralph Brooks Park officially open on Monday, and a neighborhood plan for Walnut Hill > more

Ahead Of Pope Visit, Penn Museum Spotlights Its Early Religious Texts

Ahead Of Pope Visit, Penn Museum Spotlights Its Early Religious Texts

August 24, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Ancient texts on display at Penn Museum, tailgaters hurting Strawberry Mansion’s property and business model, layers of architectural style on display at Germantown park, and School District unloads two more shuttered schools > more

PHA Brings Anxiety & Assurances To Sharswood

PHA Brings Anxiety & Assurances To Sharswood

August 21, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Ground broken on PHA’s transformation of North Philly Neighborhood, Germantown school comes to terms with neighbors over parking lot, a suburban retail wish list, zoning confusion in Roxborough, and pics of Dîner en Blanc > more

Demand For Local Historic Homes Shrinking, Say Realtors

Demand For Local Historic Homes Shrinking, Say Realtors

August 20, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Antiquated layouts and preservation responsibilities blamed for struggling “antique housing” market, Target targeting Center City shoppers, a playful and stimulating pop-up community space for South Philly, and Eastern State adding to this year’s Terror Behind the Walls > more

Mt. Airy Art Garage In Search Of New Garage

Mt. Airy Art Garage In Search Of New Garage

August 19, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Mt. Airy non-profit looking for new digs, dining in white at the Navy Yard, safety improvements in Kensington, and the mediocre design at 401 Race > more

Touring Park Towne Place’s $200 Million Renovations

Touring Park Towne Place’s $200 Million Renovations

August 18, 2015  |  Morning Blend

A look at the spacious redesign of Parkway apartment complex, City to hand over leak prone President’s House, demolition of West Philly mansion imminent, reviewing the Trolley Tunnel Blitz’s accomplishments, and the Convention Center wins back a customer > more

Reconsidering Washington Avenue

Reconsidering Washington Avenue

August 17, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Decision point on Washington Avenue, residential preservation case in Roxborough resolved, the Bacon brothers promote the 2015 Better Philadelphia Challenge, considering Philly’s Chinese sister-city, and Siena Place sprouts new homes > more

Riverfront Strategy Goes With The Flow

Riverfront Strategy Goes With The Flow

August 14, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Incremental place making on the Delaware, Saffron on the “Cheesecake,” conference on affordable housing next week, muralist installs in Fishtown, and Parkway residences still lack necessary info for Pope visit > more

Verizon Cell Tower To Top Roxborough Church

Verizon Cell Tower To Top Roxborough Church

August 13, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Leverington Presbyterian to get a replacement spire, architectural criticism at 39th & Walnut, and a call for a crossable Frankford Avenue in Fishtown > more

Proposed Food Truck Bill Would Be Ineffective, Self-Defeating, Say Owners

Proposed Food Truck Bill Would Be Ineffective, Self-Defeating, Say Owners

August 12, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Councilwoman Blackwell draws ire of Drexel University food truck operators, Philadelphia trail usage by the numbers, and Spring Garden shooting range wants to sell guns > more

Renovations Furnish Lawsonia Building With Good Fortune

Renovations Furnish Lawsonia Building With Good Fortune

August 31, 2015  |  The Shadow Knows

The old Lawsonia furniture factory in Callowhill is being renovated for commercial and residential reuse after 13 years of false starts and vacancy. The Shadow plates up this little slice industrial heritage on Spring Garden Street > more

Courtyard Compass Reveals A City Off Axis

Courtyard Compass Reveals A City Off Axis

August 28, 2015  |  Walk the Walk

If you've ever feel like the city is just a tad off we have validating news for you. Philadelphia was built a few degrees left from its true north axis point. Contributor Joe Brin talks cartography and William Penn's city plan with Frank Morelli, Survey Bureau manager of the Streets Department > more

Before The Pope, The Days Of The Revivalists

Before The Pope, The Days Of The Revivalists

August 26, 2015  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

Imagine if the papal visit and World Meeting of Families lasted four whole months. Harry K takes us inside the Union Tabernacle revival tent, where Protestant ministers and true believers spiritualized the city from several neighborhood locations in the mid-1800s > more

Our Blooming City: What The Best Window Boxes Are Wearing this Summer

Our Blooming City: What The Best Window Boxes Are Wearing this Summer

August 24, 2015  |  Vantage

Award winning landscape architect and urban horticulturist Dennis McGlade takes us on a tour of this summer's best window box displays with his new series, Our Blooming City > more

Salvation For A Neighborhood Icon In Manayunk

Salvation For A Neighborhood Icon In Manayunk

August 21, 2015  |  Vantage

How a community rallied around restoring St. John the Baptist > more

A Building To Unify All Christianity

A Building To Unify All Christianity

August 20, 2015  |  The Shadow Knows

The heart of the Schaff building still beats 25 years after its predecessor was demolished. The Shadow preaches the gospel of this religious addition on Race Street > more

Demolition In The Works For Marian Anderson Church

Demolition In The Works For Marian Anderson Church

August 18, 2015  |  News

Demolition permits have been pulled for the church where the great contralto Marian Anderson first sang in a choir and began her groundbreaking career. Contributors Rachel Hildebrandt and Oscar Beisert rushed to file a nomination to place the building on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places only to find an ineffectual administrative procedure still firmly in place > more

A Crude Future: When Oil Refineries And Public Interest Converge

A Crude Future: When Oil Refineries And Public Interest Converge

August 17, 2015  |  Vantage

As 150 million gallons of highly flammable crude oil travels through Philadelphia each week, some fear we are overdue for another large-scale disaster. Coryn Wolk steps back to view the current conflict between public safety and reclamation of the Schuylkill and Delaware River waterfronts and the city's booming oil industry. > more

Back From The Brink In Kingsessing

Back From The Brink In Kingsessing

August 14, 2015  |  Vantage

A professor, a developer, and a former mayor team up to save a church designed by Furness, Evans & Co > more

The Philadelphia Art Alliance At 100: Centennial Exhibition Celebrates The Wetherill Mansion

The Philadelphia Art Alliance At 100: Centennial Exhibition Celebrates The Wetherill Mansion

August 12, 2015  |  Vantage

The Philadelphia Art Alliance celebrates 100 years with the installation exhibition, Home Is Where You Hang Your Hat > more

An Historian At The Intersection Of Class And Preservation

An Historian At The Intersection Of Class And Preservation

August 11, 2015  |  Walk the Walk

The city is full of historians all with a unique perspective on Philadelphia's layered past. Contributor Joe Brin profiles Michael Schreiber, a Queen Village historian, author, and activist who believes preservation and social equality go hand in hand. > more

Forgotten And Alone: Bring Old Baldy And the General Into Town

Forgotten And Alone: Bring Old Baldy And the General Into Town

August 7, 2015  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

The equestrian statue of Civil War general George Meade sits neglected and mostly ignored behind the Please Touch Museum in West Fairmount Park. Efforts are underway to convince Philadelphia Parks and Recreation to relocate the impressive bronze memorial to a more prominent location > more

The Rise And Fall Of Philadelphia's Diners

The Rise And Fall Of Philadelphia’s Diners

August 5, 2015  |  Vantage

The menus are novellas and the plates are heaping. Diner expert Randy Garbin takes stock and tells us everything we ever wanted to know about Philly's remaining prefab eateries > more

A Salty Success On Susquehanna Avenue

A Salty Success On Susquehanna Avenue

August 3, 2015  |  The Shadow Knows

A pretzel baron and his booming baking business once burned with prosperity at the corner of 10th and Susquehanna. The Shadow pulls the little-known legacy of Oakdale Baking Company out of the oven > more

A Spirited Quest: On The Trail Of Philadelphia's Distilleries

A Spirited Quest: On The Trail Of Philadelphia’s Distilleries

July 30, 2015  |  Behind the Facade

Craft beer may flow in Philadelphia's 21st century veins, but liquor manufacturing has a long, spirited history here. Nic Esposito gives a toast to the city's past, present, and future of distilling > more