Kenney To Hist Commission: Put Buildings On Register, Get More Funding

Kenney To Hist Commission: Put Buildings On Register, Get More Funding

October 24, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Firm would simply recoup money through ads, Councilman Kenney wants to bolster Historical Commission, Councilman Henon undaunted by Planning Commission’s non-recommendation for Mayfair overlay, and Guinn hard at work on latest mural > more

Bill Seeks To Preempt Tragedy With Better Data For Firefighters

Bill Seeks To Preempt Tragedy With Better Data For Firefighters

October 23, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Blueprint reconnaissance for firefighter safety, improvements to the Burk Mansion, City Council considers beautification of vacant land by former convicts, and more inaction on PGW sale > more

Why The Flying Saucer Deserves Your LOVE

Why The Flying Saucer Deserves Your LOVE

October 22, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Preservation Alliance calls iconic LOVE Park building a “place to save,” zoning changes introduced for parts of North Philly, another firm for the Navy Yard, and a sinking pharmacy in South Philly > more

Of Birds And Drinking Water

Of Birds And Drinking Water

October 21, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Inside the East Park Reservoir, Temple students adopting blocks, UCD to start early on 40th Street plaza, and Jewish life gets a boost at Penn > more

Preservation Alliance Launches

Preservation Alliance Launches “Places To Save” List

October 20, 2014  |  Buzz

The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia reboots their annual "Endangered Properties" list with new "Places to Save" announcements > more

Old City Orange Façade To Be Preserved

Old City Orange Façade To Be Preserved

October 20, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Historical Commission okays Old City development, the emblematic stairway at the Barnes, Blatstein serious yet anxious about The Provence, 10 homes for NoLibs, and a salvaged cornice delights in Fishtown > more

Existential Tug-Of-War Along West Cecil B. Moore Avenue

Existential Tug-Of-War Along West Cecil B. Moore Avenue

October 17, 2014  |  Morning Blend

The identity crisis of TempleTown, Family Court opens, artist space coming to Grays Ferry, mixed-use for Ridge, inside the Bok storage facility, and PhillyU collects $60M > more

Improvements Possible For The Schuylkill Boardwalk

Improvements Possible For The Schuylkill Boardwalk

October 16, 2014  |  Morning Blend

How to upgrade the successful trail extension, Temple investing in its athletic programs once more, developer slowly selling houses in Somertown, and lackluster restriping plans for Washington Avenue > more

Investing In Schools To Maintain Mt Airy’s Diversity

Investing In Schools To Maintain Mt Airy’s Diversity

October 15, 2014  |  Morning Blend

CDC seeks to pioneer new means of neighborhood diversification, some think Land Bank plan not explicit enough, why it took the Union League a century to install a ceiling, mixed-use in Queen Village, and a skyscraper sustainability race announced > more

Historic Germantown Cemeteries On Display

Historic Germantown Cemeteries On Display

October 14, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Places of burial as places of history in Germantown, Eastern State gets $.5 million from the Commonwealth, Temple University moves its vegetable garden to make way for development, and Center City apartment building to be expanded > more

Vacant Dairy In Newbold Goes To The Dogs

Vacant Dairy In Newbold Goes To The Dogs

October 13, 2014  |  Morning Blend

South Philly dairy to get reused after three decades, Mayor’s Office agrees to move forward with affordable housing plan, a boring conversion in Pennsport, and impressive real estate data for UCity > more

Museum Of The American Revolution Breaks Ground

Museum Of The American Revolution Breaks Ground

October 10, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Scores of officials and donors gather for the ceremony on South 3rd Street, the power of social media to actualize transit needs, a fundraiser for Bainbridge Green, and the Mural Arts’ latest mural in West Philly > more

Overnight Weekend Rail Service Is Here To Stay

Overnight Weekend Rail Service Is Here To Stay

October 9, 2014  |  Morning Blend

SEPTA puts the service in rail service, Clarke to get tough on rowdy Temple students, Blackwell silent on 4224 Baltimore rezoning request, and CDR grants lukewarm approval to proposal at 27th & Girard > more

“Funky-Cool Spaces” Attract Creative Firms To Midtown Village

“Funky-Cool Spaces” Attract Creative Firms To Midtown Village

October 8, 2014  |  Morning Blend

What the Biddle Building’s reuse says about the state of Midtown Village, Rina Cutler on how to fight councilmanic prerogative, The Sansom snatched up by New York firm, and Morley on the proto-Grays Ferry Triangle > more

Inside Philly’s 4-Million Gallon Underground Stormwater Tank

Inside Philly’s 4-Million Gallon Underground Stormwater Tank

October 7, 2014  |  Morning Blend

A look at the “less flashy” side of the new Venice Island, musing over that old Philly economic angst, fundraising at Paine’s Park, and 20 new homes for South Kensington > more

A Monumental Shift At Dilworth Park

A Monumental Shift At Dilworth Park

October 24, 2014  |  Vantage

Olin's design for Dilworth Park gives Philadelphia what it has long struggled for: a suitably grand approach to the monumental City Hall, says Hidden City co-editor Nathaniel Popkin. Here's his review of the park, now essentially complete > more

The Missing Namesake Of North Philly's Lost Necropolis

The Missing Namesake Of North Philly’s Lost Necropolis

October 21, 2014  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

Next up in our Halloween cemetery series: Harry K hits the tomes looking for the missing obelisk of Monument Cemetery. Is it sitting in a gravestone dumping ground at the foot of the Betsy Ross Bridge? Its fate may be forever unknown > more

Bless Our Beer Gardens, Past and Present

Bless Our Beer Gardens, Past and Present

October 20, 2014  |  Behind the Facade

Drinking al fresco reached new heights this summer as brilliantly designed beer gardens popped up all over the city. This isn't anything new though, says Nic Esposito. Philadelphia has been publicly drunk since 1671 > more

The Tombstone Wall Of Society Hill

The Tombstone Wall Of Society Hill

October 17, 2014  |  Vantage

With October at hand and Halloween on the way, we thought a series on historic cemeteries was most appropriate. Our first story presents the strange tale of thirty tombstones that sit embedded in the back wall of the Presbyterian Historical Society > more

In East Kensington, Housing Development To Replace Little Berlin's

In East Kensington, Housing Development To Replace Little Berlin’s “Fairgrounds”

October 15, 2014  |  News

Viking Mills owner selling lot that artists collective has activated for the past four years. Emma Jacobs reports on what's coming and why > more

Lisa Roberts: Inside A Design Mind

Lisa Roberts: Inside A Design Mind

October 14, 2014  |  Vantage

What makes good design and why should you care? Nathaniel Popkin talks to keen design observer Lisa Roberts, as her second book, DesignPop, launches tomorrow night at the Philadelphia Museum of Art > more

Dance With Us Through The Baum Building's History

Dance With Us Through The Baum Building’s History

October 13, 2014  |  The Shadow Knows

After decades on 11th Street, Baum's Dancewear is pulling up stakes and moving south to East Passyunk. The Shadow cuts a rug and gives us the skinny on the building's many past lives > more

A Decade In, Reflecting On DesignPhiladelphia

A Decade In, Reflecting On DesignPhiladelphia

October 10, 2014  |  Vantage

Design Philadelphia's 10th year kicked off Wednesday night. With more than 130 events, the festival has come a long way since 2005. Marsha Gorshin takes a look back at their humble beginnings and the impact Design Philadelphia has made along the way > more

Community Collective Pushing For Reuse Of Germantown Town Hall

Community Collective Pushing For Reuse Of Germantown Town Hall

October 8, 2014  |  News

The Hidden City Festival unleashed community desire to save and reuse Germantown Town Hall. Now, the Germantown Town Hall Collaborative is ready to start planning the building's future at a community meeting this Saturday. Michael Bixler reports > more

Behind The Gates Of Delaware Generating Station

Behind The Gates Of Delaware Generating Station

October 6, 2014  |  Last Light

Bidding on the the Delaware Generating Station has begun and its sale is close at hand. We take a glimpse inside the industrial behemoth via Chandra Lampreich's patina-drenched photo spread > more

The Hidden River On Grand Display

The Hidden River On Grand Display

October 2, 2014  |  News

With a boardwalk in Center City and a reimagined rec center in Manayunk each set to open this week, Philadelphia has two inspiring venues in which to see the Schuylkill River anew. Brad Maule previews the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk and Venice Island Performing Arts and Recreation Center > more

My Favorite Place: Carman Garden Skating Rink

My Favorite Place: Carman Garden Skating Rink

September 30, 2014  |  My Favorite Place

Take a peek inside Carmen Gardens, where we'll be celebrating the Hidden City Daily's third anniversary this Friday, October 3rd > more

The Legend Of Midtown Village

The Legend Of Midtown Village

September 29, 2014  |  The Shadow Knows

Chemistry labs, karate, puppet theater, and a prostitution ring? The Shadow strikes again! This week we hear about the Guilded Age real estate mogul Felix Isman and his bay-windowed beauty at 13th and Sansom > more

Brewing With Solidarity At W/N W/N Coffee Bar

Brewing With Solidarity At W/N W/N Coffee Bar

September 26, 2014  |  Walk the Walk

A cooperative-run coffee and cocktail bar on Spring Garden Street goes deep for the W/N W/N. Joseph Brin has this story of building a business with consensus > more

Let's Skate! Take A Spin Around Philly's Bygone Roller Rinks

Let’s Skate! Take A Spin Around Philly’s Bygone Roller Rinks

September 24, 2014  |  Vantage

We'll celebrate the Hidden City Daily's 3rd anniversary October 3 in one of city's best remaining roller rinks. Once, there were roller rinks in just about every neighborhood, says Rachel Hildebrandt, and like movie houses, you can spot some of them today > more