Temple Police Treading An Expanded Beat These Days

Temple Police Treading An Expanded Beat These Days

December 18, 2014  |  Morning Blend

North Philly university moves to protect its off-campus students from violent crime, DVRPC approves I-95 capping study, Nightingale Properties to rebrand Seven Penn Center, and a “Little Farm” expands in South Kensington > more

Transforming The Schuylkill

Transforming The Schuylkill

December 17, 2014  |  Morning Blend

A re-bridging of sorts for the Central Schuylkill, good news for South Philly ship, Liberty Square work begins, and the lax enforcement of condos’ Christmas tree ban > more

On The Dangers Of Ad Hoc Interpretations Of The Zoning Code

On The Dangers Of Ad Hoc Interpretations Of The Zoning Code

December 16, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Just how slippery of a slope are laxer readings of “safety services," Mummers seek a more approachable experience this year, CDC gets $40K reward, and making way for East Market development > more

Isaiah Zagar To Preview Magic

Isaiah Zagar To Preview Magic “Cathedral”

December 15, 2014  |  Morning Blend

New mosaic project on Watkins Street, West Philly man to keep art studio, why you ought to visit Glen Foerd, and a singular redevelopment history at 7th & Snyder > more

Center City Churches Open Their Doors For Sacred Spaces Tour

Center City Churches Open Their Doors For Sacred Spaces Tour

December 12, 2014  |  Buzz

This Sunday, thirteen historic Center City churches will open their doors to the public for free, self-guided tours > more

Continuance Granted For The Blue Horizon

Continuance Granted For The Blue Horizon

December 12, 2014  |  Buzz

More time bought for the Big Blue at the Historical Commission meeting today. Hidden City co-editor Michael Bixler reports > more

Doubling Down In Brewerytown

Doubling Down In Brewerytown

December 12, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Small local firm to invest another $60 million in neighborhood, 2nd Comcast Tower to get its foundation tomorrow, cohousing in Mt. Airy, and the Bicycle Coalition's Safer Streets Philadelphia report > more

Snøhetta To Bring Innovative Library Design To North Philly

Snøhetta To Bring Innovative Library Design To North Philly

December 11, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Temple unveils library design, the prosaic redevelopment of North Central, community discusses UC High’s future, and boosting the Flying Saucer > more

Councilman Clarke Pushes For Department of Planning And Development

Councilman Clarke Pushes For Department of Planning And Development

December 10, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Bill would create a cabinet-level department of planning and development, anticipating a residential revival along West Washington Avenue, Drexel student irked at Fry’s priorities, and a community meeting for LOVE Park redesign > more

SRC Begins Hearings For Next Set Of Charters

SRC Begins Hearings For Next Set Of Charters

December 9, 2014  |  Morning Blend

The case for a charter school for Germantown, a possible charter for old West Philly High reuse as well, committee checks in on municipal arboriculture, and financing for Chinatown community center nearly complete > more

The Days Of Philadelphia’s Tubercular Slaughterhouses

The Days Of Philadelphia’s Tubercular Slaughterhouses

December 8, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Cutting corners in the turn of the century meat industry, group lobbies for project that will expand its outreach, and Council getting serious about bandit signs > more

Athenaeum Steps Into The 21st Century With

Athenaeum Steps Into The 21st Century With “Looking Forward”

December 5, 2014  |  Buzz

The Atheneaum of Philadelphia celebrates its 200 year anniversary with an awards ceremony and exhibition opening of their visionary design competition, "Looking Forward" > more

Charter School Eyes Shuttered Abigail Vare Building

Charter School Eyes Shuttered Abigail Vare Building

December 5, 2014  |  Morning Blend

String Theory Charter system applies for former school building in Pennsport, Henon gets tough (once again) on billboards, funding updates on the Divine Lorraine, and the legacy of Penn in University City > more

$100 Million Velodrome Proposed For FDR Park

$100 Million Velodrome Proposed For FDR Park

December 4, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Developers plan to beautify and replace South Philly parkland, a colorful art exhibit for Awbury Arboretum, and City Council gets to "Know Your Neighborhood" through data mapping > more

Royal Theater’s Rezoning Approved By Committee

Royal Theater’s Rezoning Approved By Committee

December 3, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Some bulky redevelopment for a long-vacant South Street venue, making Germantown more walkable, Strand at the PMA, and shooting ourselves in the foot with another casino > more

With Churches Fast Disappearing In Fishtown, A Chance To See What's At Stake

With Churches Fast Disappearing In Fishtown, A Chance To See What’s At Stake

December 18, 2014  |  News

What to do with all the churches? With the imminent loss of another Fishtown church, New Kensington Community Development Corporation wants you to see what's at stake--join them for a post-holiday tour. Michael Bixler reports > more

Reanimating The Archives At William Way

Reanimating The Archives At William Way

December 17, 2014  |  News

It's been a long journey home for the William Way Community Center and a bumpy ride for their archives. With a William Penn Foundation grant in hand, they will soon have a proper research facility dedicated to local LGBT history. Erin Bernard takes us into their stacks and down the path that led the community center to Spruce Street > more

Trove Of Philly-Centric Books For The Holidays

Trove Of Philly-Centric Books For The Holidays

December 16, 2014  |  Vantage

If you're looking for holiday books with a Philly bent, Nathaniel Popkin has ten new ones--from art to essays to history, biography, and policy--to suit the readers on your list > more

A North Philly Building's Direct Connection To The Past

A North Philly Building’s Direct Connection To The Past

December 15, 2014  |  The Shadow Knows

You can't keep a good Windrim down. This former Bell building at 17th and Diamond has persevered for over a century, being reused as an undertaker school, Masonic temple, Mennonite church, and community center. We got on the horn with The Shadow to get the scoop on this heavyweight champion of adaptation > more

Farewell To American Thrift

Farewell To American Thrift

December 12, 2014  |  Last Light

An institution in South Philly for decades, the beloved American Thrift closed its doors last month. Hidden City contributor Kim Massare was there on the last day and has this bittersweet photo essay > more

In Fairmount Park,

In Fairmount Park, “Unsurpassed” Collection Of Mansions Dressed For The Holidays

December 11, 2014  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

Every year the houses of Fairmount Park get gussied up for their holiday open house tours. Harry K decks the halls with boughs of laurel with his rundown of the largest and finest collection of authentic colonial and federal houses in the United States > more

Under Inspection: Urbanism And University City's New Apartment Towers

Under Inspection: Urbanism And University City’s New Apartment Towers

December 10, 2014  |  Vantage

Four new residential towers are transforming the West Philly skyline, changing the landscape above and altering our visual environment below. Hidden City contributor and in-house urbanist Stephen Stofka pulls out the red pen and puts them through the test > more

Postmortem: Not Bad

Postmortem: Not Bad

December 9, 2014  |  Vantage

The PNB letters, in place for nearly six decades, are gone. Brad Maule weighs the visual and psychological change in the context of the hot real estate market. Plus, a Maule treat for a donor to our Fall Campaign on its last day > more

Our Harbisons Milk Bottle T-Shirts Are Ice Cold

Our Harbisons Milk Bottle T-Shirts Are Ice Cold

December 8, 2014  |  Makin' It

Hidden City and Hog Island Press are proud to announce our neighborhood landmark t-shirt series. First up: the Harbisons Milk Bottle of Kensington. This outstanding piece of neighborhood pride could be yours if you donate to the Hidden City Daily today > more

Hidden City's Hand Printed Membership Cards Hot Off The Press

Hidden City’s Hand Printed Membership Cards Hot Off The Press

December 5, 2014  |  Makin' It

In Fishtown, Marcus Benavides operates vintage copper plate printing presses. Peter Woodall brought his camera along as our membership cards were printed > more

2015 Hidden City Calendar--Best Of The Best

2015 Hidden City Calendar–Best Of The Best

December 4, 2014  |  Makin' It

Twelve months, twelve of the most haunting and beautiful images of Philadelphia. Our 2015 Calendar makes a perfect holiday gift. Supplies limited! > more

My Favorite Place: The Light Research Lab At Thomas Jefferson University

My Favorite Place: The Light Research Lab At Thomas Jefferson University

December 3, 2014  |  My Favorite Place

In the early 20th century offices of 1015 Chestnut Street, experiments with light and space travel converge. Photonic researcher Ben Warfield leads us out of the abyss and into the sensory control pods of his favorite place > more

Does Historic Preservation Matter?

Does Historic Preservation Matter?

December 2, 2014  |  Soapbox

Where do mayoral candidates stand on preservation? Can City Council expand the Historical Commission's budget? Why isn't the system working? Hidden City wants to be your voice for preservation, but we need your help to do so > more

Can't Top This: Munitions Gals And Jazz Joints In Rittenhouse Square

Can’t Top This: Munitions Gals And Jazz Joints In Rittenhouse Square

December 1, 2014  |  The Shadow Knows

From YWCA boarding house to jazz bar to day spa, The Shadow gives a full salute to the many lives of this unassuming Rittenhouse relic from the Great War > more

In Search Of The Source

In Search Of The Source

November 26, 2014  |  Vantage

As gorgeous a landscape as the Wissahickon Creek carves through Philadelphia, it couldn't possibly begin its journey to the Schuylkill as an inlet from a shopping mall parking lot. Could it? Brad Maule heads to the suburbs to find out > more