Class Warfare On Arch Street

Class Warfare On Arch Street

March 31, 2015  |  Possible City

Nathaniel Popkin takes a look at three new Old City row houses under construction that disrespect the city, the site, and the famous woman mythologized across the street > more

Century-Old Ghost Sign Uncovered In Port Richmond

Century-Old Ghost Sign Uncovered In Port Richmond

March 31, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Kolb Bakery advertisement found behind wall in Port Richmond, messianic architecture on South Broad, Bloomingdale’s interested in Liberty Place location, and a new public space at Lea School > more

A Broad Street Line Extension Would Need “A Broad Base Of Support”

A Broad Street Line Extension Would Need “A Broad Base Of Support”

March 30, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Previewing the fundraising effort for a BSL extension to the Navy Yard, Woodlands meets fundraising goal, environmental education in a “native meadow” in the Northwest, and Philly once again cited as excellent biking city > more

The Prognosticating Developers

The Prognosticating Developers

March 27, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Three ascendent ZIPs and their developers, Temple to lead the effort in environmental cleanup of Kensington, Council approves Squilla's UEDs, and checking up with Rodin Square > more

Past & Future On Chestnut's 700 Block

Past & Future On Chestnut’s 700 Block

March 26, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Four commercial properties to be nominated for historical designation, a 32-story apartment tower planned for 7th & Chestnut, and Philly's population ever so slightly increases > more

Difficulty Ahead In Preserving Socioeconomic Diversity For Gentrifying Neighborhoods

Difficulty Ahead In Preserving Socioeconomic Diversity For Gentrifying Neighborhoods

March 25, 2015  |  Morning Blend

What the data suggests for the future of economic equality in Philadelphia, Tinicum approves PHL runway expansion plans, food trucks push for less restrictive municipal regulations, and Clark urges Archdiocese to refrain from demolishing Fishtown church just yet > more

More Homes Coming To South Kensington

More Homes Coming To South Kensington

March 24, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Development pressure creeps up from Fishtown and Northern Liberties, another scandal for L&I, a history of sink-ins, and adaptive reuse on the Main Line > more

PHS To Make Laurel Hill Entrance More Inviting

PHS To Make Laurel Hill Entrance More Inviting

March 23, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Traffic island to be remade by PHS, Fishtown church demolished, Penn study suggests the health benefits of green lots, and Oh moves to get bridges fixed > more

Introducing The “Funkier” Side Of Co-Working Spaces

Introducing The “Funkier” Side Of Co-Working Spaces

March 20, 2015  |  Morning Blend

A look at Penn’s plans for its Grays Ferry campus, Brewerytown in transition, and an update to the Philadelphia zoo’s 360 plan > more

Pennsport Segment Of Delaware River Trail Secured

Pennsport Segment Of Delaware River Trail Secured

March 19, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Washington Avenue Green to be extended, One Liberty Place observation pushed back, improvements on the Ben Franklin, modular housing in West Philly, and an edit-a-thon at the PMA > more

Councilwoman Bass Commits Immediate Funds To Stabilize The Germantown YWCA

Councilwoman Bass Commits Immediate Funds To Stabilize The Germantown YWCA

March 19, 2015  |  Buzz

With the fate of Germantown's historic YWCA in balance, Councilwoman Cindy Bass says she will stabilize and renovate while waiting for a new round of development proposals for the site, which advocates feared would be torn down > more

From The Annals Of City Administration: Introducing The SuperCube

From The Annals Of City Administration: Introducing The SuperCube

March 19, 2015  |  Buzz

Close quarters, coworking, handmade furniture, and city government all converge inside One Parkway Building to form THE SUPERCUBE > more

Former Hospital Facility Reused In South Philly

Former Hospital Facility Reused In South Philly

March 18, 2015  |  Morning Blend

A look at Constitution Health Plaza, Weinstein moves to “Jumpstart Germantown,” Planning Commission recommends temporary zoning overlay for West Washington Avenue, and over $18 million needed for a reopening of Franklin Square Station > more

$11 Million Investment Announced For 5 Civic Commons Spaces

$11 Million Investment Announced For 5 Civic Commons Spaces

March 17, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Two foundations announce a substantial investment in creating neighborhood assets, PHA’s big plans in Sharswood, creating a network of Friends groups for neighborhood schools, and development in South Kensington > more

Worldwide InstaMeet Day At The Woodlands

Worldwide InstaMeet Day At The Woodlands

March 16, 2015  |  Buzz

Join us on Saturday, March 21st for Worldwide Instameet Day and help celebrate our city of neighborhoods inside West Philly's 19th century cemetery The Woodlands. > more

Before The Bro Bar: Unboxing The Former Home Of Finnegan's Wake

Before The Bro Bar: Unboxing The Former Home Of Finnegan’s Wake

March 30, 2015  |  The Shadow Knows

Finnegan's Wake, the infamous Irish pub at 2nd and Spring Garden, closed its doors last summer after a contract for selling the building fell through. The former box and casket factory now sits vacant and off the market. The Shadow saddles up to the bar to give us the building's industrious background > more

The Industrial Bones Of South Philadelphia

The Industrial Bones Of South Philadelphia

March 27, 2015  |  Vantage

Think of Pier 70 and picture of the many many shopping options, from Walmart and Home Depot to Superfresh and AC Moore. But think of it a century ago for a totally different picture of industrial South Philadelphia. Theresa Everline tells the story of Baugh & Sons, a bygone major fertilizer company on the riverfront > more

Surveying The Damage With <em>Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences</em>

Surveying The Damage With Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences

March 25, 2015  |  Vantage

A picture is worth a thousand words, but some can leave you speechless. We caught up with photographer Matthew Christopher to discuss a nation in architectural decline and his new book, "Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences" > more

A Disaster Waiting To Happen? Oil Trains And The Collision at Fairmount Park Tunnel

A Disaster Waiting To Happen? Oil Trains And The Collision at Fairmount Park Tunnel

March 23, 2015  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

Crude oil train accidents are happening all over the country at an alarming rate. As 160,000 barrels move through Philadelphia daily, many worry that a disaster is going to happen sooner than later. Harry K put an eye on present day concerns about the oil trains running along the Schuylkill River East Side Railroad and looks at the tragic accident of 1900 inside Fairmount Park Tunnel > more

Give Schuylkill River The Wetlands It Wants

Give Schuylkill River The Wetlands It Wants

March 20, 2015  |  Soapbox

What would the Schuylkill River say if you could ask it what it wants? Sean O'Rourke believes the river would say beautification of its banks and serious investment in a healthy, urban tidal river ecosystem > more

A Look At Temple University's Demolition History

A Look At Temple University’s Demolition History

March 18, 2015  |  Vantage

Philadelphia preservationists have taken a wrecking ball to the gut in recent days, with the Boyd Theatre currently coming down and the fate of the legendary Blue Horizon sealed by the Philadelphia Historical Commission's choice to not designate its interior. Meanwhile, just up North Broad Street, Temple University is in the midst of a demolition spree, in some cases with no plans to replace what it's knocking down. Rachel Hildebrandt surveys what's been lost through almost 70 years of campus expansion > more

Burk Mansion Threatened Amidst Temple's Growth?

Burk Mansion Threatened Amidst Temple’s Growth?

March 17, 2015  |  News

Temple University has demolished six of the seven buildings it's owned on the 1500 block of North Broad Street in the past two years. Could the other, the 106-year-old Burk Mansion, be next? > more

Late Victorian Charm In The Heart Of Chinatown

Late Victorian Charm In The Heart Of Chinatown

March 16, 2015  |  The Shadow Knows

Philadelphia's thriving Chinatown has created its own protective, economic shield, barring outside developers hungry to gobble up the neighborhood with new construction. Incidentally, historic buildings in the area are often safeguarded and preserved through consistent adaptive reuse. The Shadow gives us an example of this encouraging phenomenon with the story behind 941 Race Street > more

Interior Designation For Blue Horizon's Historic Boxing Arena Denied

Interior Designation For Blue Horizon’s Historic Boxing Arena Denied

March 13, 2015  |  Developing Challenges, News

A win-lose situation for the Blue Horizon today. The Philadelphia Historical Commission approved designation of the building's façade, but denied protection of the world-renowned arena > more

Then & Now: 20th And Market

Then & Now: 20th And Market

March 13, 2015  |  Vantage

20th and Market has seen its share of change. Once anchored by the mighty Mastbaum movie palace, the block laid vacant for 30 years until two financial district towers rose in its place giving birth to Commerce Square. Jennifer Rodgers lines up the ghosts of Philly past with present day in her new series, Then and Now > more

Demolition Of Boyd Auditorium Imminent, Though Lobby And Hall Will Stay

Demolition Of Boyd Auditorium Imminent, Though Lobby And Hall Will Stay

March 12, 2015  |  News

Demolition stickers signal the end of the Boyd Theater's grand Art Deco auditorium and a lost opportunity to preserve Philadelphia's last remaining movie palace > more

The Hidden Patterns Of Ownership In Northern Liberties And Grays Ferry

The Hidden Patterns Of Ownership In Northern Liberties And Grays Ferry

March 11, 2015  |  Vantage

Grays Ferry and Northern Liberties are both two miles from City Hall and mirror each other in percentage of renters. Tracing the addresses of landlords in both areas, David Hilbert examines affluence and poverty through property owner distance and neighborhood investment > more

Shining A Light On The Beacon Of Boathouse Row

Shining A Light On The Beacon Of Boathouse Row

March 9, 2015  |  Vantage

The peaceful Schuylkill River was once a bustling aquatic highway of commercial marine activity. Turtle Rock lighthouse was built in the late 1800s to keep traffic away from the river banks and Fairmount Water Works. Over a decade later the first all-female athletic club on the river built their clubhouse around the beacon, preserving the lighthouse for future admiration and intrigue. Contributor Maria Gorshin illuminates this present day curiosity of Boathouse Row > 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