Verizon’s Suburban “Station Domination”

Verizon’s Suburban “Station Domination”

January 26, 2015  |  Morning Blend

SEPTA signs $7 million deal with Verizon, and announces realtime ETA system; bike lanes up 13% over eight years; and good eyes on Sansom > more

Furness Church Escapes Demolition, Will Be Reused For School Space

Furness Church Escapes Demolition, Will Be Reused For School Space

January 23, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Penn professor preserves Episcopal Church of the Atonement, a remnant from the early days of the Lincoln Highway, SOSNA considered Washington Ave mixed use, and some "Vintage Vaudeville" on display at the Barnes > more

Comcast To Monopolize Office Space In Next Skyscraper

Comcast To Monopolize Office Space In Next Skyscraper

January 22, 2015  |  Morning Blend

David Cohen speaks at Union League, Francophilia in mid-nineteenth century Philadelphia architecture, chaperoned “urbexing” in the old Thaddeus Stevens school, and development delays for one South Philadelphia restaurant > more

Preservation And Contemporary Design For 36th And Walnut

Preservation And Contemporary Design For 36th And Walnut

January 21, 2015  |  Morning Blend

The Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics to open in three years, annual homeless census tonight, Woodford Mansion in need of stewards, and a look the Bicycle Coalition’s goals for 2020 > more

Blatstein Pulls Appeal, Will Reconsider His Redevelopment Of Former Inquirer Building

Blatstein Pulls Appeal, Will Reconsider His Redevelopment Of Former Inquirer Building

January 20, 2015  |  Morning Blend

NoLibs developer withdraws appeal of gaming control board decision, Germantown schoolyard to be transformed thanks to PhillyU students, Pennsport warehouse to become storage facility, and the final public meeting for LOVE Park redo > more

At Philly U, Building Amber Long's Legacy

At Philly U, Building Amber Long’s Legacy

January 19, 2015  |  Buzz

One year since the savage murder of the young architect Amber Long, Philly U looks to carry on her work--and her impact. On this day of service, here's one way to give, says Nathaniel Popkin > more

Apartment Tower Redesign Would Still Detract From The Rodin Museum

Apartment Tower Redesign Would Still Detract From The Rodin Museum

January 16, 2015  |  Morning Blend

David Blumenfeld’s re-envisioning of Rodin backdrop still unsatisfactory, Schuylkill Center to lose its “Green Wall,” Palmer charter gets the official ax, and a look at the Schuylkill Boardwalk’s pergolas > more

Blatstein And Volpe To Buy Delaware Generating Station From Exelon Corp.

Blatstein And Volpe To Buy Delaware Generating Station From Exelon Corp.

January 15, 2015  |  Buzz

The winning bidder has been announced for massive, dormant power plant, Delaware Generating Station. Developer Bart Blatstein and caterer Joseph Volpe will seal the deal with Exelon in March > more

Philly Tech Week Lands Comcast As Title Sponsor

Philly Tech Week Lands Comcast As Title Sponsor

January 15, 2015  |  Morning Blend

5th annual conference to be sponsored by largest tech company, proposed Germantown charter to focus on STEM vocational training, Orchestra invites concertgoers towards smartphone app, and travel blog names Philly second best shopping city > more

It’s 2015, So Just How Green Is Philly?

It’s 2015, So Just How Green Is Philly?

January 14, 2015  |  Morning Blend

A post-green initiative evaluation, regarding the Curtis Center’s recently finalized plans for its $125 million renovation, a plea to fill an Aramark Tower front, and a lit Lit Brothers set for next week > more

New PMA Exhibit Highlights Works Of African American Artists From Permanent Collection

New PMA Exhibit Highlights Works Of African American Artists From Permanent Collection

January 13, 2015  |  Morning Blend

“Represent” promotes the museum’s African American Art collection, Cindy Bass interested in municipal composting problem, and trekking through Philly’s housing projects > more

Storefront Property Owner Faces Possible Order Of Possession By Court In Wissahickon

Storefront Property Owner Faces Possible Order Of Possession By Court In Wissahickon

January 12, 2015  |  Morning Blend

A conservatorship battle brews in Wissahickon, Blumenfeld eyes colorful building on North Broad, Spanish immersion pre-school to open next month, and the tricky sale of 1818 Market gets trickier > more

Correction - Sloan Mansion Days Are Numbered: Penn Can Proceed Without Permits, Says Historical Commission

Correction – Sloan Mansion Days Are Numbered: Penn Can Proceed Without Permits, Says Historical Commission

January 9, 2015  |  Buzz

Bad news for the John P. Levy House at 40th and Pine. Condition goes, says the Historical Commission, approving the University of Pennsylvania's request to remove a proviso that barres them from razing the mansion before proper permits are obtained and building plans established > more

A New Lease For The Old Bookbinder’s

A New Lease For The Old Bookbinder’s

January 9, 2015  |  Morning Blend

The Olde Bar opens today, Thaddeus Stevens School conversion to be a speedy one, Target interested in set of small stores for downtown Philly, and the Port Authority moves to unload ferry system > more

West Powelton Residents Debate Future Of Wiota Street Garden

West Powelton Residents Debate Future Of Wiota Street Garden

January 8, 2015  |  Morning Blend

A heated community meeting reveals divergent philosophies of growth, community planning in South Philly, considering the dispersion of Eds N’ Meds, and a look at the city’s persistent prison problem > more

With Ice And Coal Building's Murals Gone, Is Italian Market Development Coming?

With Ice And Coal Building’s Murals Gone, Is Italian Market Development Coming?

January 26, 2015  |  Vantage

The community mural wall at 9th and Ellsworth is all but a gray-washed memory today. A barrier for the empty lot where the Ice And Coal building once stood, it stands a fine example of artists pitching it to tackle urban blight. Daniel Shurley takes us down to South 9th Street, where plans for a Business Improvement District, and possibly a new, creative life for the wall, are currently in the works > more

J.T. Riley Lumberyard Yields To Mixed-Use Development

J.T. Riley Lumberyard Yields To Mixed-Use Development

January 23, 2015  |  News

Big development plans are in motion for the former site of J.T. Riley Lumberyard on East Girard Avenue. A leader of the lumber industry for over a century, the recently closed location in Northern Liberties-Fishtown will soon give way to modern apartments and retail space > more

Gray Area: The Future Of

Gray Area: The Future Of “30th Street Station”

January 22, 2015  |  News

In August, the President's signature enacted a law that renamed 30th Street Station for former Congressman Bill Gray. So does that mean we should expect a blitz of Amtrak marketing announcing the change like SEPTA did with "Jefferson Station?" Not exactly, if the new sign facing Center City is any indication. Brad Maule rides the rails to find out > more

Fearing Demolition, Community Advocates Of Germantown YWCA Call For Emergency Meeting

Fearing Demolition, Community Advocates Of Germantown YWCA Call For Emergency Meeting

January 21, 2015  |  News

A proposal by Mission First Housing Group to reuse the Germantown YWCA for low-income senior housing was officially rejected yesterday by the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority. Amid fears that the building may now be threatened with demolition, local residents will hold a public emergency meeting this Thursday night to air concerns and get more information from the developers and City officials. Hidden City co-editor Michael Bixler has the details > more

Lits' Lights: Let's Look

Lits’ Lights: Let’s Look

January 20, 2015  |  News

As the sun sets on Philadelphia this evening, the lights go up at Lits. Mayor Nutter will be on hand to turn on long-proposed digital signage, ushering in a new era at the historic Lit Brothers Building > more

Hats Off To Stetson's Union Mission Hospital

Hats Off To Stetson’s Union Mission Hospital

January 20, 2015  |  The Shadow Knows

For over a century, John B. Stetson showered the world in well-made hats from his company's 25 building manufacturing complex in South Kensington. The Shadow checked our vitals and suggests we accompany him to Union Mission Hospital, the last Stetson building standing > more

Lost Buildings Of 2014

Lost Buildings Of 2014

January 16, 2015  |  Vantage

Our annual review of significant Philadelphia buildings lost to demolition includes significant sites of gay, Jewish, and retail history along with the usual churches and industrial buildings > more

What Lies Within: The Dazzling Art Deco Interior Of 1616 Walnut Street

What Lies Within: The Dazzling Art Deco Interior Of 1616 Walnut Street

January 14, 2015  |  Last Light

Don't judge a building by its cover. Throughout the 1930s, Center City high-rises with subdued exteriors often contained resplendent Art Deco embellishments. Hidden City co-editor Peter Woodall puts the gilded halls of 1616 Walnut Street on display with this vibrant photo essay > more

Rebooting Bookie's: Garces Group Awakens The Spirit Of An Old Original Legend

Rebooting Bookie’s: Garces Group Awakens The Spirit Of An Old Original Legend

January 14, 2015  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

In honor of Chef Jose Garces' reopening of the Old Original Bookbinder's at Second and Walnut Streets last week, Harry K serves us up this history on a half shell. From its humble beginnings as a 19th century dockside oyster saloon to becoming Philadelphia's most famous restaurant, Bookie's reputation still endures > more

Long Blighted, The Former Native American Museum On Chestnut Street To Be Redeveloped

Long Blighted, The Former Native American Museum On Chestnut Street To Be Redeveloped

January 12, 2015  |  News

Ten years has past since the Native American Museum at 2nd and Chestnut Street has seen tenants. Rusting and rotting among a row of pristine, Old City façades, the property may see a comeback at the hands of new owners Posel Management. Ryan Briggs has the story. > more

Public Green Plans For 40th Street Trolley Portal To Break Ground In 2015

Public Green Plans For 40th Street Trolley Portal To Break Ground In 2015

January 9, 2015  |  News

Plans to transform the 40th Street Trolley Portal into a meadowy, transit oasis are shovel ready and in motion. Ten years in the concept phase, the project recently gained momentum from the success of activating underutilized public spaces like The Porch at 30th Street Station and Dilworth Plaza. Construction at the portal is slated to begin this year > more

The Last Synagogues Of Strawberry Mansion

The Last Synagogues Of Strawberry Mansion

January 7, 2015  |  Vantage

In a city of layers, Michael Buozis uncovers a certain palimpsest: the synagogues of Strawberry Mansion, fulcrum of Jewish life between the two world wars > more

An Enigma On Allegheny Avenue Is In It For The Long Haul

An Enigma On Allegheny Avenue Is In It For The Long Haul

January 5, 2015  |  The Shadow Knows

This former 1930s Brockway Motor Company sales center in Nicetown-Tioga just keeps on truckin'. The Shadow gives us a lift into the New Year with busy masonry, adaptive reuse, and an architectural mystery > more

A Holiday Oasis Under The Highway At Sam's Christmas Land

A Holiday Oasis Under The Highway At Sam’s Christmas Land

December 24, 2014  |  Last Light

Sam's Christmas Land is as Philly as it gets. During the holidays this closed-for-the-season water ice stand transforms into an over the top Xmas shop and outdoor neighborhood hang out. Kim Massare warms up near the fire bucket at Port Richmond's best kept holiday secret > more

What's That Out There? South Street's Beloved Space Station

What’s That Out There? South Street’s Beloved Space Station

December 23, 2014  |  Walk the Walk

Ready your ray guns! Joe Brin blasts off from South Street with fond memories of the space-age toy store Rocketships & Accessories > more