Another Apartment Tower Announced For East Market

Another Apartment Tower Announced For East Market

August 25, 2016  |  Morning Blend

DC-based company envisions 21-story tower at 1199 Ludlow, Logan neighborhood plan approved, Philly’s love and hate relationship with Dîner en Blanc, and new law to make recreation spaces more inclusive > more

Community Meeting Reveals Widespread Indignation With Jewelers Row Demolition

Community Meeting Reveals Widespread Indignation With Jewelers Row Demolition

August 24, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Jewelers bemoan Toll Brothers plan, bowling lanes and movie screens coming to Canal Street entertainment district, ethnic masses sustaining several former Catholic parish churches, keeping libraries relevant, and an auto-garage conversion on North Broad > more

Don't Move Frank, Says Smerconish

Don’t Move Frank, Says Smerconish

August 22, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Smerconish defends Rizzo statue, gauging South Philadelphians’ opinion on South Broad median parking, and 23 units envisioned for St. Laurentius > more

Averting Demolition, First African Baptist Church Properties To Become Condos

Averting Demolition, First African Baptist Church Properties To Become Condos

August 19, 2016  |  Morning Blend

GHo church building to be reused as condos, Dranoff property’s public art installed, Chinese Cultural Center prepped for resale and resuse, how to retain Philly millennials, and City Hall courtyard becomes beer garden > more

Zoning Misstep Buys Jewelers Row Preservationists More Time

Zoning Misstep Buys Jewelers Row Preservationists More Time

August 18, 2016  |  Morning Blend

More time to fight Toll Bros. Jewelers Row demo, the settlement costs of deficient streets, looking back to Philly’s original firehouses, and more student housing for Mantua > more

Planning Commission Okays Airport Expansion

Planning Commission Okays Airport Expansion

August 17, 2016  |  Morning Blend

PHL to get another 20-acres, ZBA digital sign approval questioned, more drinking fountains planned for installation, and renovations for Mantua playground > more

Redevelopment Authority To Move On Eastwick

Redevelopment Authority To Move On Eastwick

August 16, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Last of former Korman land to be developed, first phase of Centennial District plan to begin this fall, Northwest Philly art center will get new home, and connecting patients to the outdoors > more

The City Of Firsts, The City Of Homes

The City Of Firsts, The City Of Homes

August 15, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Contextualizing the Jewelers Row preservation battle, Redevelopment Authority to weigh social impact of proposed development projects, mapping out the sights of Fairmount Park, and a large and small meadow comes to Center City façade > more

Block Party Cartography

Block Party Cartography

August 12, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Mapping the Philly block party, Toll Bros. plan residential tower for Jewelers Row, and West Philly developers solicit preliminary feedback on mixed-use proposal > more

Previewing The City’s Updated Sustainability Plan

Previewing The City’s Updated Sustainability Plan

August 11, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Greenworks to be simplified and geared toward communities, high commercial vacancy rate along Frankford Ave, charter school changes hands, Free Library to highlight early Mormon history, and relocated garden center to open > more

Philly’s Love Affair With The Palladian Window

Philly’s Love Affair With The Palladian Window

August 10, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Renaissance architecture in Philly, no time or money for archaeological curiosities at Market Street development, new windows for Germantown apartment towers, School District to have property values reassessed, and ground broken for South Philly senior living facility > more

Programming American Naval History On The Delaware

Programming American Naval History On The Delaware

August 9, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Olympia stewards thinking ahead to reactivated museum ship, pre-fab apartments dropped in place, closed Nabisco plant changes hands, and looking back at the failed fight against digital signs on the Parkway > more

PHA Inks Deal For Grocery Store For Remade Sharswood

PHA Inks Deal For Grocery Store For Remade Sharswood

August 8, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Another food desert gets a grocery store, turning the page in Point Breeze, former Astor Theater to be demolished, and Penn’s Landing getting ramp > more

SS United States Too Costly To Return To Ocean, Study Concludes

SS United States Too Costly To Return To Ocean, Study Concludes

August 5, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Rethinking SS United States plans once more, select school buildings to receive additional lead testing, and Ridge Avenue’s revival in Francisville > more

Three Projects Leave Civic Design Review Stage

Three Projects Leave Civic Design Review Stage

August 3, 2016  |  Morning Blend

CDR board approves with caveats, jobs growth fueling apartment growth, bike map updated, and Schuylkill’s duckweed raising eyebrows > more

Advocates Race Against The Clock To Save Terrace Hall

Advocates Race Against The Clock To Save Terrace Hall

August 26, 2016  |  News

In Wissahickon, an historic meeting hall on the eve of demolition gets a helping hand. Michael Bixler reports > more

Unlisted Philadelphia: Substation #7

Unlisted Philadelphia: Substation #7

August 23, 2016  |  Vantage

Ben Leech spotlights unique and significant buildings not listed on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places with his architectural illustration series, Unlisted Philadelphia. With this installment, an electrical substation in Art Deco disguise > more

Razing A City In Haste: The Lesson Of The Horn Building

Razing A City In Haste: The Lesson Of The Horn Building

August 22, 2016  |  The Shadow Knows

The Shadow takes a look at indiscriminate demolition and the state of preservation in Philadelphia from the windows of the Horn Building > more

Marked Potential: Cunningham Piano Company

Marked Potential: Cunningham Piano Company

August 18, 2016  |  Marked Potential

The sleek, slender Cunningham Piano Company tower on Chestnut Street has sat empty for the better part of a decade while potential renovations and reuse have passed it by. Enough is enough, says Shila Griffith, who envisions an all-in-one textile design studio in the sky with this month's Marked Potential > more

New Book Puts Readers In The Ring With Philly's Jewish Boxing Stars

New Book Puts Readers In The Ring With Philly’s Jewish Boxing Stars

August 16, 2016  |  Vantage

At the turn of the 20th century Jewish fighters ruled the circuit in Philadelphia. Author Harry Boonin puts boxing history back in the arena with his new book, Never Tell a Boy Not to Fight > more

Ring The Alarm! Now Is The Time To Protect Philly’s Historic Firehouses

Ring The Alarm! Now Is The Time To Protect Philly’s Historic Firehouses

August 15, 2016  |  Vantage

Ken Finkel hits the emergency signal with this survey of Philly's architecturally diverse stock of historic firehouses, many of which sit imperiled by neglect and development. > more

Toll Brothers Wants to Tear Down Part of Jewelers Row; Here's The Basics & What You Can Do *Updated*

Toll Brothers Wants to Tear Down Part of Jewelers Row; Here’s The Basics & What You Can Do *Updated*

August 12, 2016  |  News

Yesterday's news that Toll Brothers has applied for a demolition permit for about one-eighth of Jewelers Row has stunned Philadelphians. We look at the underlying facts of the case and answer the question, "What can I do?" > more

Trumbauer's Legendary Ben Franklin Hotel Reborn

Trumbauer’s Legendary Ben Franklin Hotel Reborn

August 10, 2016  |  News

Renovations and a new restaurant will bring the Gilded Age glory of the former Benjamin Franklin Hotel to the public this fall. Michael Bixler steps inside > more

In Point Breeze, A Queen Anne Washed In Swedish Mystery

In Point Breeze, A Queen Anne Washed In Swedish Mystery

August 8, 2016  |  The Shadow Knows

The Shetzline family once owned large parcels of farmland throughout Point Breeze and later developed their estate for the shallow canyons of row houses we see today. One conspicuous building, now a laundromat at the corner of 18th and Moore, may be the last remaining home of the South Philly Sweed's old homestead. The Shadow follows the trail of obscurity > more

Ailing Rec Centers Patiently Await Soda Tax Relief

Ailing Rec Centers Patiently Await Soda Tax Relief

August 5, 2016  |  News

With the Soda Tax, the Kenney Administration has committed to addressing long-deteriorating conditions at neighborhood recreation centers with funding from bond sales and capital budget earmarks. But until revenue starts rolling in, communities continue to make due. Tyler Horst has the story > more

Mormon Temple Transcends Tradition On The Parkway

Mormon Temple Transcends Tradition On The Parkway

August 2, 2016  |  News

Jeff Markovitz brings the new Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints into view with this look inside the building's referential designs > more

Queen Villagers Work Toward Neighborhood Integration By Organizing Around Kids

Queen Villagers Work Toward Neighborhood Integration By Organizing Around Kids

August 2, 2016  |  News

In Queen Village there’s a rare attempt to bridge community divides between affluent residents and tenants of an affordable housing complex through summer programs for neighborhood kids, support for public schools, and representation on the civic association. Is it working? Jake Blumgart checks in on the process of building a more inclusive Queen Village > more

Bookish Beginnings And A Bar Incognito At The Bird Building

Bookish Beginnings And A Bar Incognito At The Bird Building

July 29, 2016  |  The Shadow Knows

Books, blouses, and a bashful bar build the fascinating backstory of the Bird Building in Chinatown > more

Berned Out On The Doorstep Of The DNC

Berned Out On The Doorstep Of The DNC

July 27, 2016  |  Last Light

Michael Bixler takes a walk inside the Free Speech Zone at the DNC with this photo essay > more

FDR Left Out Of DNC Day One, But Here He Is, Franklin Field, 1936

FDR Left Out Of DNC Day One, But Here He Is, Franklin Field, 1936

July 26, 2016  |  Vantage

Left out of DNC Day One, FDR--and his liberal coalition--was the crucible of the present day Democratic Party and a sea change in Philadelphia politics. He accepted the 1936 Democratic Party nomination at Franklin Field; here is his speech in full > more