Residential Towers To Connect Old City With Northern Liberties

Residential Towers To Connect Old City With Northern Liberties

September 22, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Apartment high-rises planned for East Callowhill, Little Pete’s replacement moves ahead, adverse possession in Fishtown, conserving INHP’s bronze statues, and Clarke defends low-density urban development > more

Planning Commission Scoffs At Bill To Increase Parking Minimums

Planning Commission Scoffs At Bill To Increase Parking Minimums

September 21, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Chilly reception for Blackwell’s parking proposal, Historical Commission committee supportive of designating three Baptist churches, Saint-Gobain gives $700K for LOVE Park, and the artistic filling of some South Philly potholes > more

A Look At Philly's Smallest (Official) Neighborhood

A Look At Philly’s Smallest (Official) Neighborhood

September 20, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Strolling through West Shore, when Philly was addicted to “artificial ice,” Snyder Plaza gets a colorful paint job, and expanded food options on Market > more

Solomonic Insight Needed In St. Laurentius Reuse

Solomonic Insight Needed In St. Laurentius Reuse

September 19, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Urbanist urges compromise on St. Laurentius, dreaming of a 24-hour city, public bidding process to be revamped, and raising awareness for an endangered community garden > more

In Pennsport, Another Test For Riverfront Zoning Overlay

In Pennsport, Another Test For Riverfront Zoning Overlay

September 16, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Developer moves for more height bonuses, Liberty Square underway, public art pops up on the Delaware, and Photo Arts Center presents Kensington introspective > more

North Broad Civil Rights Landmark Gets Historical Marker

North Broad Civil Rights Landmark Gets Historical Marker

September 15, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Sullivan Progress Center commemorated, Council moves quickly on KOZ applications, and a look at renovations at PAFA > more

Grant Awarded To Expand Tourists' Conception Of The

Grant Awarded To Expand Tourists’ Conception Of The “Original City”

September 13, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Tourism agency receives $2 million for marketing Old City, more Silverliner V woes for SEPTA, Kenney signs nuisance business bill, and revolutionary artillery on display on Chestnut Street > more

Pennovation On The Lower Schuylkill

Pennovation On The Lower Schuylkill

September 12, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Previewing the Pennovation Center, SEPTA to renovate two transit hubs, and Aramark to make “major announcement” on Center City headquarters > more

Philly Sports Museum Proposed For Stadium Complex

Philly Sports Museum Proposed For Stadium Complex

September 9, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Former Flyers VP wants to build $20M Philly sports museum, Italian Market BID receives City Council hearing, Water Department to host beer garden next week to celebrate five years of “Green City, Clean Waters,” and painting en plein air in Rittenhouse Square > more

City Loses Control Over East Market Street Billboards

City Loses Control Over East Market Street Billboards

September 8, 2016  |  Morning Blend

PennDOT moves against City’s lax billboard regulation, PHA HQ blasted at Civic Design Review, mixed-use planned for East Girard, and Hidden City alum Lee Tusman talks “Room 21” > more

Restoration Begins On Franklin Institute's Steel Pioneer

Restoration Begins On Franklin Institute’s Steel Pioneer

September 7, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Franklin Institute removes displayed steel aircraft for maintenance, community-driven economic development in Kensington, al fresco dining continues to expand, and previewing the 20th Fringe Festival > more

200-Year-Old Torresdale School Nominated To Historic Register

200-Year-Old Torresdale School Nominated To Historic Register

September 6, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Lower Dublin Academy re-nominated to historic register, Philly parks and the New Deal, and Queen Village shopping center to get upgrade > more

The Quirky Resurgence Of Fishtown's Front Street

The Quirky Resurgence Of Fishtown’s Front Street

September 2, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Developer getting creative under the El tracks, refreshing anticipation with infill in Francisville, and a short list of Philly’s most beautiful streets > more

In The Schuylkill's Weeds

In The Schuylkill’s Weeds

September 1, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Clearing a famed rowing venue of impedimenta, Nimbyism threatens 92-year-old convent in Fishtown, city post offices downsizing, first set of recalled Silverliner train cars back to work, and a live-work opportunity in the Strawberry Mansion > more

Temple Digs Down To Alleviate Community's Concerns With Stadium

Temple Digs Down To Alleviate Community’s Concerns With Stadium

August 31, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Temple University study hopes to alleviate town-gown concerns with proposed football stadium, East Falls brewery honors the Ole Wiss’, Sharswood’s jazz days, and GHo school getting STEM playground > more

The Tale Of Catfish And Waffles

The Tale Of Catfish And Waffles

September 23, 2016  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

Long before chicken and waffles took hip restaurant menus by storm Philadelphia was famous for the meal's precursor, catfish and waffles, served at inns and taverns on the banks of the Wissahickon Creek and the Schuylkill River. Harry K. sets the table and serves us up a heaping plate of local culinary history > more

Requiem For A Moderne Gem, William Penn Annex Post Office

Requiem For A Moderne Gem, William Penn Annex Post Office

September 22, 2016  |  Vantage

Contributor Ann de Forest delivers a eulogy for the decline of civic architecture and the closing of an iconic post office on East Market Street. > more

Assuming Room Temperature At The City Morgue

Assuming Room Temperature At The City Morgue

September 20, 2016  |  The Shadow Knows

The Shadow gives us a stiff lesson on corpse storage and the history of Philadelphia's morgues > more

On Sleepy Richmond Street, A Spark Of Renewal Catches Wind

On Sleepy Richmond Street, A Spark Of Renewal Catches Wind

September 16, 2016  |  News

After years of gradual decline, efforts to reenergize historic Richmond Street in Port Richmond are putting down roots. Michael Bixler takes a look > more

In Germantown, The Work Of Henry Houston Lives On

In Germantown, The Work Of Henry Houston Lives On

September 14, 2016  |  Vantage

Community planner and developer Henry Houston is best known for his 19th century suburban expansion in Chestnut Hill and Wissahickon Heights, but his significant influence in Germantown remains largely unsung. Contributor Joshua Bevan takes a trip to Tulpehocken Station where the origins of Houston's legacy surrounds all > more

Marked Potential: Roosevelt Theater

Marked Potential: Roosevelt Theater

September 13, 2016  |  Marked Potential

In Frankford, the Roosevelt Theater faces the El like a careworn sentry guarding the legacy of the city's last movie palaces. Shila Griffith invigorates the empty, ivory giant with a photography and filmmaking center for teens in this month's Marked Potential > more

Again Under Threat, Wiota Street Garden Organizers Seek Public's Support

Again Under Threat, Wiota Street Garden Organizers Seek Public’s Support

September 8, 2016  |  News

In West Powelton, caretakers of a 32-year-old community garden prepare for battle over the pending sale of the once vacant lot for new construction. Tyler Horst reports. > more

120+ Years Later, Kensington Bar And Meeting Hall Lives On

120+ Years Later, Kensington Bar And Meeting Hall Lives On

September 6, 2016  |  The Shadow Knows

The Shadow takes us north on funky Frankford Avenue where a former liquor store and meeting hall keeps the drinks coming after more than a century. > more

The Spark And Influence of City Visions 30 Years Later

The Spark And Influence of City Visions 30 Years Later

September 2, 2016  |  Vantage

In 1986, design competition City Visions challenged contestants to build a better Philadelphia. No idea was too big or too small and all was encouraged to enter. On the competition's anniversary Contributor Ann de Forest takes a look back and finds a spirit of innovation akin to the city's current approach to urban design solutions > more

On Jewelers Row, Tracing The Origins Of 702-710 Sansom Street

On Jewelers Row, Tracing The Origins Of 702-710 Sansom Street

August 31, 2016  |  Vantage

On the 700 block of Jewelers Row, Helen Gassman and Karly Kessler bring the history of the five buildings currently threatened by demolition into view > 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