NoLibs Zoning Chair Discusses How Best To Ensure Density

NoLibs Zoning Chair Discusses How Best To Ensure Density

July 28, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Larry Freedman on the necessity of “sincere and informed” discussions with developers, Ken Weinstein offers to facilitate inclusion of Germantown Ave trestle in regional trail network, St. Joseph’s to get state historical marker, and readying for the Civic Design Review of the Morman Church’s apartment complex proposal > more

A Call For Open Parking Data And The Better Planning It Allows

A Call For Open Parking Data And The Better Planning It Allows

July 25, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Why we can’t ignore the parking problem any longer, developer to talk loft conversion in South Philly, more student housing in UCity, videographer chronicles Philly’s “Makers,” and all taxis to get cameras > more

Plan To Revitalize Kensington North Of Lehigh Approved

Plan To Revitalize Kensington North Of Lehigh Approved

July 24, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Planning Commission likes what it sees from New Kensington CDC, Philadelphia’s building boom as complimentary across varying sectors, renovating affordable commercial properties in North Philly, and INHP and the economic multiplier effect > more

Landmarks, Reinterpreted

Landmarks, Reinterpreted

July 24, 2014  |  Buzz

To help celebrate its 200th anniversary, the Athenaeum asked artists to reinterpret architectural landmark's on the National Register of Historic Places. The exhibition of the work is on display until August 8 > more

Beury Building Coming To A Sheriff's Sale Near You

Beury Building Coming To A Sheriff’s Sale Near You

July 23, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Neglected North Broad tower up for sale next month, John K. Binswanger Grove of Park Champions dedication, Rina Cutler on the PPA, perhaps a 7th victim in Market Street building collapse, and SEPTA seeking service suggestions > more

Despite School Funding Crisis, City’s Fiscal House In Relatively Good Order, Says PICA

Despite School Funding Crisis, City’s Fiscal House In Relatively Good Order, Says PICA

July 22, 2014  |  Morning Blend

State board approves Philly’s next 5-year plan, infill once again proposed for Rittenhouse Square lot, groundbreaking for phase two of SugarHouse, source of stink in South Philly pinpointed, and another good second for the real estate market > more

Philly Market To Break $1K-Per-Square Footage Barrier

Philly Market To Break $1K-Per-Square Footage Barrier

July 21, 2014  |  Morning Blend

The Rittenhouse’s 19th floor to fetch $9 million, state reps out to effectively prohibit pop-up beer gardens, The Dalian on Fairmount gets $20 million loan, checking up on the Folsom Powerhouse, and knitting for Freedom on the Parkway > more

PWD Launches Bundled Grant Program For Stormwater Management

PWD Launches Bundled Grant Program For Stormwater Management

July 18, 2014  |  Morning Blend

New policy assuages grant process for applicants, mandatory signs for construction and demo projects, Old City skyscraper tries again, micro-grants for Germantown, and the latest on Dilworth Plaza > more

Johnson Pushes For Mixed-Income In His District

Johnson Pushes For Mixed-Income In His District

July 17, 2014  |  Morning Blend

New senior living option in Grays Ferry, some tricky infill in Manayunk, Penn gets $10 million for energy policy think-tank, work on Manayunk Bridge Trail to begin this September, and the dogs of Philly > more

Explaining Philly's Liberian Community

Explaining Philly’s Liberian Community

July 16, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Sociological queries for Liberian Philadelphia, Pipeline now in the local co-working pipeline, de-graffiti-ing as civic-minded urban hobby, and an archaeological exhibit of archifacts unearthed during I-95 work > more

Yorktown Residents Still Hoping To Prevent Sale Of William Penn High To Temple

Yorktown Residents Still Hoping To Prevent Sale Of William Penn High To Temple

July 15, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Coalition says the SRC had no right to forgo state law, pondering the right number of Philly taxis, first signs of a Moyamensing Ave revival, and Shakespeare coming to the Northwest > more

Developer Alleges De Facto Land Usurpation By City

Developer Alleges De Facto Land Usurpation By City

July 14, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Arrested development on Germany Hill, Eric Blumenfeld on the Divine Lorraine, hopscotch on The Oval’s latest Magic Carpet pop-up park, and Washington Avenue garage becoming homes > more

The Ambiguous Road For Preserving Urban Farms

The Ambiguous Road For Preserving Urban Farms

July 11, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Farm 51 in Kingsessing trying to avoid sheriff’s sale of half of lot, Mariposa subsidizing memberships, golden Diana unveiled at PMA, and Kenworthy House back on the market—again > more

Why Is The Zoning Board So Often At Variance With RCOs?

Why Is The Zoning Board So Often At Variance With RCOs?

July 10, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Explaining the protracted reform of the Zoning Board of Adjustment, Spruce Hill developers plan to redo devastated corner, the Roberts still bolstering South Broad Theater, foundation buckles in Cobbs Creek, PPA interested in mobile payment system, and Philly drone photography > more

Civic Design Review Content With One Water Street

Civic Design Review Content With One Water Street

July 9, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Architect explains developments in planning riverfront project, councilwoman stresses the need for greater efforts in promoting homestead exemption, Redevelopment Authority requests proposals for workforce housing, and SEPTA updates on subway weekend pilot program > more

Lost & Found (And Lost Again)

Lost & Found (And Lost Again)

July 28, 2014  |  Vantage

Keep a close eye on construction sites and you sometimes see a hidden layer of history come to light. Peter Woodall has been saving up good examples for a while now and brings us this collection > more

A Place Called The Plateau Is Where Everybody Goes

A Place Called The Plateau Is Where Everybody Goes

July 24, 2014  |  Last Light

With yesterday's dedication of the John K. Binswanger Grove of Park Champions, the Fairmount Park Conservancy ushered in a new era of growth at the Belmont Plateau. It's always been Brad Maule's favorite place to survey the growth of the Philly skyline > more

Remembering The City’s Last Potter’s Field

Remembering The City’s Last Potter’s Field

July 23, 2014  |  Vantage

Reporter Michael Buozis finds himself in the Far Northeast hunting down the city's last potter's field, its only marker spray painted on a utility pole > more

With Pop-Up Beer Gardens Under Threat, Here's Why They Matter

With Pop-Up Beer Gardens Under Threat, Here’s Why They Matter

July 22, 2014  |  Vantage

With pop-up beer gardens seemingly everywhere (and now under threat), Nathaniel Popkin talks with the designer of most of them, David Fierabend of Groundswell Design Group, about the ideas behind the installations > more

Catalyst Of The North City

Catalyst Of The North City

July 21, 2014  |  The Shadow Knows

At Broad and Chew, the Shadow uncovers the story of a tragic figure and the landmark he left for the ages > more

Sci-Phi: Isaac Asimov’s West Philly Years

Sci-Phi: Isaac Asimov’s West Philly Years

July 18, 2014  |  Vantage

He's not often thought of as a Philadelphia writer, but Isaac Asimov, one of the towering figures of science fiction spent three years during World War II working at the Navy Yard and living in West Philly. Bart Everts has the story > more

Starting The Second Life Of A Manayunk Icon

Starting The Second Life Of A Manayunk Icon

July 16, 2014  |  News

Work officially began this week on the trail that will reconnect Lower Merion and Manayunk across the Schuylkill River by foot and by bike. Brad Maule looks back—and forward—at the nearly 100-year-old Manayunk Bridge > more

Demolition Du Jour: Nicetown's Nazarene Baptist Church

Demolition Du Jour: Nicetown’s Nazarene Baptist Church

July 15, 2014  |  Vantage

Another Philadelphia house of worship has been called home to the Lord. Nicetown's Nazarene Baptist Church—whose congregation moved into a newer building next door in 1996—is coming down after 97 years on the corner of Lycoming and Nice Streets > more

SEPTA, Freedom and Independence

SEPTA, Freedom and Independence

July 11, 2014  |  Last Light

Last month, Brad Maule, Chris Dougherty, Steve Ives, and Steve Weinik spent an entire day riding SEPTA. They started and stopped at 30th Street Station, and for the eight hours in between, they photographed their journeys using SEPTA's all-day Independence Pass > more

A Century Ago, A Series Of Skews And Slants For Streets

A Century Ago, A Series Of Skews And Slants For Streets

July 10, 2014  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

Harry K. investigates the rationale and planning for Benjamin Franklin Parkway over a century ago, as well as a series of other unrealized diagonal streets that were proposed, in a calculated, efficient way, to add European sophistication and cultural grandeur to the city > more

The Monument Men

The Monument Men

July 9, 2014  |  Vantage

As the Bartram's Mile phase of the Schuylkill Banks development inches closer, the fate of the Newkirk Viaduct Monument remains unclear. Brad Peniston revisits the 176-year-old obelisk to learn more about the people inscribed on its base—and why they're important to remember > more

Three Centuries Of Song In Philadelphia

Three Centuries Of Song In Philadelphia

July 8, 2014  |  Vantage

Quaker influence kept the volume turned way down on early Philadelphia's musical output. The consecration of Old Swedes' Church in July 1700 changed that, and as Jack McCarthy writes, that first documented musical performance included an unlikely participant: Kelpius and his Mystics of the Wissahickon > more

Forgotten No More: the LeGar Building

Forgotten No More: the LeGar Building

July 7, 2014  |  The Shadow Knows

The Shadow gets crushes on buildings, like a lot of us here at the Daily. The latest object of his affection is this neglected beauty across the street from Jeweler's Row > more

Summer Break

Summer Break

June 30, 2014  |  News

The Hidden City Daily team is taking a short summer vacation. We'll be back next Monday, July 7th. Have a great Fourth of July. > more

Jewish Iconography Destroyed In Bella Vista Synagogue's Residential Conversion

Jewish Iconography Destroyed In Bella Vista Synagogue’s Residential Conversion

June 30, 2014  |  News

The Fetfatzes family, owners of Bella Vista Beverage and the Bainbridge Street Barrel House, take pride in converting the former B'nai Reuben Synagogue—most recently the Antiquarian's Delight—into apartments, "because of the history and culture it affords." Now, in addition to the demolition of the congregation's ceiling murals, they've removed just a little more of that history and culture, with the filing off of Jewish iconography on the building's façade today > more