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

Comcast Developer Purchasing Entire Block Cater-Corner To Latest Skyscraper Build

Comcast Developer Purchasing Entire Block Cater-Corner To Latest Skyscraper Build

February 16, 2015  |  Morning Blend

A possible third Comcast building, Historical Commission okays Logan FLP alterations, L&I seeks to double vacant property registration fees, and a construction boom in Queen Village > more

Ahead of Convention, SEPTA To Undertake “Targeted Heavy Maintenance” & Beautification

Ahead of Convention, SEPTA To Undertake “Targeted Heavy Maintenance” & Beautification

February 13, 2015  |  Morning Blend

SEPTA to delay major renovation project a few more months, Bissinger’s dos and don’ts for convention-goers, Army to use explosives to deepen section of Delaware River, and a freelance illustrator sets up shop at Reading Terminal > more

L&I Still Grossly Overwhelmed, Suggests Report

L&I Still Grossly Overwhelmed, Suggests Report

February 12, 2015  |  Morning Blend

City Controller cites 1,215 properties to be in violation of city code, condo residents complain of Lit Bros. signs’ brightness, of the mayor’s race and historic preservation, and the Convention Center labor dispute’s possible effects on hosting DNC > more

First Step Toward $1.5 Billion HUP Project Receives Initial Approval

First Step Toward $1.5 Billion HUP Project Receives Initial Approval

February 11, 2015  |  Morning Blend

City Council Committee recommends $3 million temporary walkway over Convention Ave, Logan Square residents move to block Franklin Institute digital sign, the retention of South Philly’s refineries, and rusting ship receives sizable anonymous donation > more

Fate Of Germantown YWCA Still Uncertain

Fate Of Germantown YWCA Still Uncertain

February 10, 2015  |  Morning Blend

A community meeting discusses the status of building’s sought redevelopment, PHA demand exceeds inventory, the state of arts funding in Philly, and apartment complex sold on Stenton Ave > 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

A View Of The Bicentennial From The Top Of Penn Mutual

A View Of The Bicentennial From The Top Of Penn Mutual

February 4, 2015  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

A new public observation deck is opening this summer on the 57th floor of One Liberty Place and Harry K. couldn't be more pleased. Join him in the glass elevator to the top of the old Penn Mutual building as he evokes the Spirit of '76 > more

No Postage Necessary At Station D

No Postage Necessary At Station D

February 2, 2015  |  The Shadow Knows

Station D, once a bustling mail carrier hub for Southwest Philadelphia's growing 19th century manufacturing district, now spends its days as condominiums. The Shadow sends us down the pneumatic tubes of this former postal office on Christian Street > more

Urban Farmers Look To Land Bank For Help Holding On To Property

Urban Farmers Look To Land Bank For Help Holding On To Property

January 30, 2015  |  Developing Challenges, Vantage

With the Land Bank finally open for business, urban gardeners and farmers hope for legal protection against the City's "Revoke Clause." Hidden City contributor and Kensington farmer Nic Esposito digs deep into the issue > more