Papal Visit To Be Commemorated With North Philly Mural

Papal Visit To Be Commemorated With North Philly Mural

May 29, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Mural Arts Program teams up with the World Meeting of Families, Germantown preservationists reach settlement in Wissahickon Playground case, SEPTA announces major purchase, and scenes from the N3RD St Farmers Market > more

Demolition Of Tourison's Hall In Mt. Airy Begins

Demolition Of Tourison’s Hall In Mt. Airy Begins

May 28, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Century-old building in Mt. Airy being replaced with mixed use, Historical Commission committee stands for retention of neon lighting for PSFS Building, and advocating for more solar energy > more

Mutually Beneficial Rivalry Coming To East Market Street

Mutually Beneficial Rivalry Coming To East Market Street

May 27, 2015  |  Morning Blend

The Gallery and East Market as more than the sum of their competing parts, the history of Ridge Ave, undercounting the transit constituency, and tracking a half-century of intra-Commonwealth migration > more

Making A Case For Please Touch Museum

Making A Case For Please Touch Museum

May 26, 2015  |  Morning Blend

The larger funding imperative for the Please Touch Museum, a community input meeting for the Ridge Avenue Pocket Park, and Vietnam Memorial rededicated at Penn’s Landing > more

Indego Goes Well

Indego Goes Well

May 22, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Indego’s first month by the numbers, spot zoning fears in Andorra, finding your way through East Passyunk, and vacant land in Fishtown being developed > more

Planning Commission Fails To Recommend Empowering Bill For New Holmesburg Prison

Planning Commission Fails To Recommend Empowering Bill For New Holmesburg Prison

May 21, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Debating land usage on the Northeast’s waterfront, Temple inks deal for advanced dentistry equipment and technology, PAFA renovations, and why the Streets Department doesn’t bury those utility boxes > more

Wagner Celebrates 150 Years With

Wagner Celebrates 150 Years With “Philadelphia 1865: A City On The Edge” Lecture And Cake Competition

May 19, 2015  |  Buzz

The Wagner Free Institute of Science observes its 150 year anniversary this month with a lecture and birthday cake competition to commemorate the building's enduring legacy > more

Theater Company Moving To The Drake

Theater Company Moving To The Drake

May 19, 2015  |  Morning Blend

The Drake to become a theatre hub, the candidates talk prison replacement, towards visually innocuous utility boxes, and a symposium for better health through urban design > more

Offices To Replace Finnigan’s Wake

Offices To Replace Finnigan’s Wake

May 18, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Bill introduced to rezone former Democrat hangout, thinking about civic monuments, the expansive truss of the Wagner Free Institute of Science, the Good Samaritans of Port Richmond, and transit display unveiled in Commerce Square > more

Independence Seaport Museum Doubles Endowment

Independence Seaport Museum Doubles Endowment

May 15, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Maritime museum doubles its endowment, pointing the way to Venice Island, gentrification angst in Brewerytown, and readying for reNewbold II > more

Cameras Converge On Port Richmond

Cameras Converge On Port Richmond

May 14, 2015  |  Morning Blend

A look at the media circus on Frankford Avenue, Brandywine Realty positions itself for East Market’s revival, Yards to celebrate its Manayunk beginnings, and DA and police to defend their property seizure policy > more

Navy Yard To Install Smart Power Grid In Coming Months

Navy Yard To Install Smart Power Grid In Coming Months

May 13, 2015  |  Morning Blend

PIDC announces winning bidder for interconnected “microgrid,” charity work for Bridesburg public space, and remembering an earlier rail tragedy in Port Richmond > more

Bill Advances To Purchase Land For New Prison

Bill Advances To Purchase Land For New Prison

May 12, 2015  |  Morning Blend

A new prison more and more likely in the Northeast, previewing the Spring Garden Greenway, iconic South Philly Sign taken down for restoration, construction in West Philly, and no renewal for two charter schools > more

The Persistent Dream Of A Roosevelt Subway Line

The Persistent Dream Of A Roosevelt Subway Line

May 11, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Federal money kicks off another round of planning for a revived Roosevelt Boulevard, Clarke cancels community budget hearings, and rising bread in Olney > more

Drexel To Overhaul And Expand Quadrangle

Drexel To Overhaul And Expand Quadrangle

May 8, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Drexel reveals plans for Korman Quadrangle, anticipating greater traffic at the port, Nutter expected to sign anti-littering bill, and Elfreth's Alley open house > more

Design And Density Problems Plague Boyd Project

Design And Density Problems Plague Boyd Project

May 29, 2015  |  Developing Challenges, Vantage

Pearl Properties' latest plans for 1900 Chestnut Street and the Boyd Theater were unanimously voted down on Tuesday by the Architecture Committee of the Philadelphia Historical Commission amid a room full of applause. Contributor and in-house urbanist Stephen Stofka takes a look at the unsavory design and where the firm keeps getting it wrong > more

Social Entrepreneurs Wake Up Lower Walnut Street With Social Design Cafe

Social Entrepreneurs Wake Up Lower Walnut Street With Social Design Cafe

May 27, 2015  |  Walk the Walk

FRIEDA for generations, a socially-minded startup company, is carving out a home inside the long vacant Maryland Casualty Company office at Walnut Place in Society Hill. Joseph Brin profiles the organization's forthcoming cafe that aims to combine coffee talk, intergenerational networking, and local design > more

The Lost Backstreet Of The Bellevue Court Building

The Lost Backstreet Of The Bellevue Court Building

May 26, 2015  |  The Shadow Knows

The Bellevue Court Building on Walnut Street takes its namesake from a street that was erased in the 1990s by the construction of the Tiffany's & Co. jewelry store. The Shadow takes a walk down the forgotten thoroughfare with the building's beginnings and background > more

Then And Now: North Broad And Lehigh

Then And Now: North Broad And Lehigh

May 22, 2015  |  Then & Now, Vantage

The square block at North Broad Street and Lehigh Avenue has been a bit worse for wear for decades. Though, with recent, high-stakes investment North of City Hall, that may soon change, returning the area to its former glory when the Philadelphia Phillies claimed the block for their first home stadium, Baker Bowl. Jennifer Rogers brings it all back with her series, Then and Now > more

Replacing The Boyd

Replacing The Boyd

May 20, 2015  |  News

As the Boyd Theatre's demolition crawls along, plans for its replacement, along with redevelopment of 1900 Chestnut Street, go to the Historical Commission on Tuesday for final approval. Brad Maule reports > more

Beyond The Blue Bin: On The Floor Of Citywide Curbside Recycling

Beyond The Blue Bin: On The Floor Of Citywide Curbside Recycling

May 20, 2015  |  Vantage

Ever wonder what happens to those plastic bottles and cardboard boxes after they leave your blue bin? Hidden City's Michael Bixler ventures deep into Philadelphia's curbside recycling machine in Grays Ferry > more

Blazing A Trail To Venice Island With <em>Waterways</em>

Blazing A Trail To Venice Island With Waterways

May 18, 2015  |  News

In Manayunk, Venice Island's new facilities are something to behold. The performing arts building, green-roofed pump house, and outdoor amphitheater are just a few of the rec center's recent upgrades, though not everyone in the neighborhood knows about it. To help raise awareness, artist Eurhi Jones has collaborated with Mural Arts and the Philadelphia Water Department on a 10 block outdoor installation that literally guides you to the center's front door > more

Historic Green Space Restoration Underway At Bartram's Garden

Historic Green Space Restoration Underway At Bartram’s Garden

May 15, 2015  |  News

New life for an historic green space at Bartram's Garden. Stephen Stofka reports on the restoration of Carr Garden, which dates to the early 19th century, as part of major preservation and infrastructure investment there > more

At The Eleventh Hour, Seeking A New Accord At 40th & Pine

At The Eleventh Hour, Seeking A New Accord At 40th & Pine

May 14, 2015  |  Soapbox

Could a last-ditch effort at diplomacy between the University of Pennsylvania and the Woodland Terrace Homeowners Association save the John P. Levy House from demolition? Aaron Wunsch says it can and should be done, though it would take a touch more civic stewardship by the university and an even-keeled willingness to compromise by the neighborhood group > more

Is This The Train Tragedy We'll Learn From? (Updated)

Is This The Train Tragedy We’ll Learn From? (Updated)

May 13, 2015  |  Vantage

It's hard to imagine last night's Amtrak tragedy being any worse when at least seven people are confirmed dead. But the derailed Train 188 stopped just shy of a parked oil train. Brad Maule ponders the disinvestment of both Amtrak and infrastructure—and the increase in both Amtrak ridership and oil train frequency > more

Incubating Philly Jazz Talent At Music City

Incubating Philly Jazz Talent At Music City

May 13, 2015  |  Vantage

Music City on Chestnut Street was the spot for aspiring jazz musicians in the 1950s. Famous players like Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, and Stan Getz would often take time out from gigging in town to give impromptu performances and technical sessions to young instrumentalists at the popular music store. Philadelphia music historian Jack McCarthy lights up another smoking chapter from the city's robust jazz era > more

The Stud(ebaker) Of North Broad

The Stud(ebaker) Of North Broad

May 11, 2015  |  The Shadow Knows

From manufacturing cars to building the future of Philadelphia's youth, the old Studebaker Building at 800 North Broad Street has kept pace with the changing times. The Shadow takes a look under the hood of this throwback from the days of Automobile Row > more

Rowdy Meetinghouse On Green Street Divides Quakers

Rowdy Meetinghouse On Green Street Divides Quakers

May 8, 2015  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

The strip mall on the north side of Spring Garden Street between Third and Fourth Streets doesn't carry much of a pulse these days. Harry K. says almost 200 years ago this sleepy spot was a hotbed of Quaker dissent and where the first major schism within the Religious Society of Friends originated > more

Oasis Of The Obscure On Bainbridge Street Celebrates 30 Years

Oasis Of The Obscure On Bainbridge Street Celebrates 30 Years

May 4, 2015  |  Vantage

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Anastacia’s Antiques, a vibrant cavern of curiosities in the heart of Bella Vista. Over the last three decades the owners have curated one of the most artfully surreal retail experiences in the city. Milady Nazir walk us through the looking glass in South Philly > more

Modernist Monument To Mid-Century Expansion And The Rise Of The Northeast

Modernist Monument To Mid-Century Expansion And The Rise Of The Northeast

May 1, 2015  |  Vantage

The Northeast Regional Library on Cottman Avenue was built with a Modernist eye and a civic mind. Part of the Free Library's 1956 Regional Plan to put a library within 15 minutes of every Philadelphian's doorstep, the branch was also the first in the area, officially unifying the relatively new neighborhood with the rest of the city. Molly Lester looks at the origins of Northeast Philadelphia expansion through the lens of this award winning Mid-Century mainstay > more