Owner Of River City Site To Pursue Rezoning & Sale

Owner Of River City Site To Pursue Rezoning & Sale

March 6, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Firm looking to make $30 from developer(s), Saffron on varied- and re-use in Fishtown, Germantowners fight to retain Wissahickon Playground, a partial building collapse, and trees for Philly > more

Coda For Mayor Street’s NTI

Coda For Mayor Street’s NTI

March 5, 2015  |  Morning Blend

The Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority considers the last budget for the Neighborhood Transformation Initiative, Squilla seeks rezoning of mill in Kensington, can Philly become a video game mecca, and entertaining thoughts of a Business Improvement District for the Italian Market > more

Peering Ahead To A New Festival Pier

Peering Ahead To A New Festival Pier

March 4, 2015  |  Morning Blend

What the DRWC’s redevelopment of Festival Pier would entail, Streets Commission considers ways to fund rebuilding of 78 retaining walls, creative infill in Poplar, and PMA to bring art to East Passyunk > more

Claiming Fraud, Owner Of Metropolitan Opera House Seeks To Dissolve Ties To Eric Blumenfeld

Claiming Fraud, Owner Of Metropolitan Opera House Seeks To Dissolve Ties To Eric Blumenfeld

March 3, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Church group says developer misrepresented himself, a transatlantic discussion for the Lehigh Viaduct’s reuse, Maxfield Tower completed in Fairmount, and nearly 4 million PA residents at risk in event of “bomb train” derailment > more

The Costs Of Selling Schools

The Costs Of Selling Schools

March 2, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Why the City only sees two-thirds of profits from selling its inventory of vacant schools, a call for subsidized transportation for students, funding ready for South Philly art installation, urban poverty as everyone’s problem, and Council Districts’ most dangerous intersections > more

Historical Commission To Consider Protecting Blue Horizon Exterior

Historical Commission To Consider Protecting Blue Horizon Exterior

February 27, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Developers still looking for funds for historic boxing venue’s reuse, the benefits of “loose” playgrounds, construction underway for W Hotel, and arts studio to open on S. 11th Street > more

Mayor’s Office Awards $60K For Performances In Public Spaces Program

Mayor’s Office Awards $60K For Performances In Public Spaces Program

February 26, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Pilot program will bring the arts to 23 public spaces throughout the city, Grays Ferry park to be renovated, Nebinger to install new gateway, microgrants for Newbold, and stained-glass on the Avenue of the Arts > more

Committee Approves 3D Signage For Center City

Committee Approves 3D Signage For Center City

February 25, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Council counters Planning Commission’s recommendation, a petition to save and redevelop the Germantown YWCA, connecting communities in West and North Philly, and more cultural grants this year > more

East Falls Residents “Blindsided” By Sale of Former Psychiatric Institute

East Falls Residents “Blindsided” By Sale of Former Psychiatric Institute

February 24, 2015  |  Morning Blend

NewCourtland Senior Services purchases facility for $2.1 million, still no word on plans for The Gallery’s renovations, rising rents in South Philly, and nearly a quarter-century after the Meridian fire > more

Inquirer Investigation Suggests L&I Reforms Are Not Happening

Inquirer Investigation Suggests L&I Reforms Are Not Happening

February 23, 2015  |  Morning Blend

An “illegal demolition” in Fairmount, artists as economic drivers, admiring an Italian bank in South Philly, and esoteric street names explained > more

Nearly $1 Million In Improvements Coming To Vernon Park This Summer

Nearly $1 Million In Improvements Coming To Vernon Park This Summer

February 20, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Friends of Vernon Park present details, Clarke’s bid for city charter modifications as “too much, too soon,” the Temple effect, and a look at Philadelphia’s deficient bridge network > more

New Report Calls For

New Report Calls For “Equitable Development,” Offers Policy Recommendations

February 19, 2015  |  Morning Blend

"Beyond Gentrification Toward Equitable Neighborhoods,” Fishtown approves Frankford Ave project, Temple to demolish William Penn High, an accidental “ice palace” on 52nd Street, and Bob Brady procures a Veteran’s Day parade > more

Time Is Right To Redevelop Festival Pier, Says Waterfront Corporation

Time Is Right To Redevelop Festival Pier, Says Waterfront Corporation

February 18, 2015  |  Morning Blend

DRWC requests “expressions of interest,” Divine Lorraine Hotel to be reused as apartments instead, Center City’s real estate market in 2014 by the numbers, and Planning Commission opposes 3D signage bill > more

Focusing On The Petty

Focusing On The Petty

February 17, 2015  |  Buzz

For the past 99 years, Citgo has owned, used, and leased out Petty's Island. But in 2020, industry will have vacated and remediated the island, creating a wide open future for the 300-acre island and the opportunity to bring Philadelphia, Camden, and Pennsauken together in the middle of the Delaware River. This future—environmental, cultural, economic—was the focus of this year's Better Philadelphia Challenge, whose $5,000 prize will be awarded at tomorrow's Edmund N. Bacon Awards Ceremony > more

Clarke’s Charter Proposal Draws Ire Of Strong Mayor Advocates

Clarke’s Charter Proposal Draws Ire Of Strong Mayor Advocates

February 17, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Proposal would allow for Council-appointed department head, Mural Arts looking for Bella Vista wall for next mural, 115-year old church steeple tumbles, and forcing flowers for next week’s show > more

Penn Takes

Penn Takes “Collage” Approach To Preservation With Perry World House

March 6, 2015  |  Vantage

Not every historic building in the city can be saved, though total demolition doesn't have to be the final answer either. Co-editor Michael Bixler looks at a third way at Perry World House, now under construction, in conversation with University of Pennsylvania campus architect David Hollenberg > more

On Front Street, A Warehouse With A Sacred Past Seeks Salvation

On Front Street, A Warehouse With A Sacred Past Seeks Salvation

March 4, 2015  |  Vantage

Kensington was once home to generations of Presbyterians and their houses of worship peppered the neighborhood. One of the denomination's oldest surviving churches in the area was just put up for sale after being used as a building supply warehouse since the 1950s. Oscar Beisert digs deep into the former lives of Second Associate Presbyterian and unearths a strong case for preservation > more

The Toughest Little Hut In Logan Square

The Toughest Little Hut In Logan Square

March 2, 2015  |  The Shadow Knows

Development of the lot at 20th and Arch has been cursed since the Kahn Building was demolished in 1929, only 8 years after its construction. Ironically, an easy to miss, colorful little Gulf Oil station has survived at the spot for 85 years--long enough to be placed on the Philadelphia Register. The Shadow serves up a big slice of history on this heartening little hut > more

Seeing Between The Ci-Lines: St. Andrew's Chapel Awakened With Art And Geometry

Seeing Between The Ci-Lines: St. Andrew’s Chapel Awakened With Art And Geometry

February 27, 2015  |  Last Light

Temporary art installation Ci-Lines opens this Saturday inside the ornate, vacant St. Andrew's Chapel on Spruce Street in West Philly. We spoke with the project's artist Aaron Asis about community engagement, vacant and abandoned site activation, and urban preservation > more

Under Inspection: Five Residential Projects Currently Breaking Ground

Under Inspection: Five Residential Projects Currently Breaking Ground

February 25, 2015  |  Vantage

Boon times for our evolving skyline as large-scale construction projects pop up all over the city, but how will the designs hold up when the buildings are complete? Hidden City contributor and urbanist inspector Stephen Stofka puts an eye on five big residential projects about to begin > more

Close Call For Bromley Carpet Factory After 3-Alarm Fire In Neighboring Building

Close Call For Bromley Carpet Factory After 3-Alarm Fire In Neighboring Building

February 24, 2015  |  News

Crisis averted for Bromley Carpet Factory in Kensington after 3-alarm fire breaks out along Front Street. > more

Winter Whiteout 2015

Winter Whiteout 2015

February 23, 2015  |  Vantage

Though last month's Storm of the Century resulted in little else than a dusting and forecaster embarrassment, this winter has meant serious business. Thanks to the brutal recent cold snap, Philadelphia has had its coldest February in over 30 years. Top the frozen landscape with 4-6" of Saturday's surprise snowfall, and the big city turns to Currier & Ives. Brad Maule tips his cap to the old romantics with this snowy walk through Fairmount Park > more

At Liberty Place, The Ghost Of Hot Jazz

At Liberty Place, The Ghost Of Hot Jazz

February 20, 2015  |  Vantage

Long before One Liberty Place leveled the area with sky-high apartments and upscale shopping, Ranstead Street used to belong to Billy Krechmer. His little jazz club burned with Swing and Dixieland brass for over 28 years. Music historian and archivist Jack McCarthy has the skinny on this long-lost gem > more

With East Market Stirring, Girard Square Sheds Its Skin

With East Market Stirring, Girard Square Sheds Its Skin

February 18, 2015  |  Last Light

Demolition of 1100 Market Street is entering its last phase as the block makes way for East Market, a 17 story residential tower and urban retail village that aims to transform the area into a showplace for the city. Hidden City co-editor Michael Bixler went down to the site to grab these parting shots of the building and its storefronts as they quickly evaporate into memory > more

Of Junk Mail And Murder: The Busy Life Of The Miles Building

Of Junk Mail And Murder: The Busy Life Of The Miles Building

February 16, 2015  |  The Shadow Knows

The Miles Building has worn more hats than a coat rack in its 115 years on 11th Street. The Shadow peels back the stately facade of this industrial hold out in Washington Square West and the view is full of commerce and scandal > more

Historical Commission Approves Designation Of Art Deco Auto Showroom On Fairmount Avenue

Historical Commission Approves Designation Of Art Deco Auto Showroom On Fairmount Avenue

February 13, 2015  |  News

1930s-era Art Deco auto showroom at 15th and Fairmount Avenue is bound for the Philadelphia Register after Historical Commission approves nomination > more

A Row House Full Of Romance At Yerkes Wedding Salon

A Row House Full Of Romance At Yerkes Wedding Salon

February 13, 2015  |  Vantage

Valentine's Day is tomorrow and affection is in the air. If you want to make it legal, Yerkes Wedding Salon on Baltimore Pike offers everlasting matrimony for only $100. Contributor Kyrie Greenberg has this endearing story about a civil ceremony business that has been fast tracking couples looking to get hitched for over 100 years > more

Gears Are In Motion For Philadelphia's New Bike Share, But Are We Prepared?

Gears Are In Motion For Philadelphia’s New Bike Share, But Are We Prepared?

February 11, 2015  |  News

"Indego", the city's new bike share, is putting 600 bicycles on the street this spring as it starts to phase in the much-anticipated citywide program. Easy access to two-wheeled transportation will be a progressive, urban milestone for Philly, but has enough been done to ensure rider safety? > more

The 30th Street District Plan Is Attractive, Ambitious, And Complicated

The 30th Street District Plan Is Attractive, Ambitious, And Complicated

February 9, 2015  |  Developing Challenges, News

The partners of the 30th Street District have compelling plans for the area surrounding the busy transportation hub. Still in the infant stages of planning, transforming the area into a lively, active space is rife with challenges. Steve Stofka lends the situation an urbanist's eye and maps out the complicated road ahead > more

A Winter's Walk Around East Park Reservoir

A Winter’s Walk Around East Park Reservoir

February 6, 2015  |  News, Vantage

The quiet season has set in on the abandoned, nature-reclaimed West Basin lake at East Park Reservoir. On one of the the last winter mornings before humans are reintroduced, Hidden City co-editor Michael Bixler took a chilly hike with Autubon PA and Outward Bound to hear what the future holds for this extraordinary, urban wildlife sanctuary > more