Illegally Built Apartments Point To Another Failure From L&I

Illegally Built Apartments Point To Another Failure From L&I

April 24, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Off-campus Temple apartments raise yet more questions as to the purview of L&I, highlights from the Indego launch, derelict East Falls home being demolished, Japanese culture on display on the Hill, and Postgreen to celebrate at open house for new South Kensington project > more

Photography Exhibition Captures The Spirit Of Kensington's Sacred Places

Photography Exhibition Captures The Spirit Of Kensington’s Sacred Places

April 23, 2015  |  Buzz

Nineteenth century neighborhood churches share the spotlight this Friday in Joseph B. Elliott's photography exhibition, "Preserving the Story: An Event to Celebrate Kensington’s Sacred Places" > more

Toward An Inclusive Revival Of Mayfair’s Frankford Ave

Toward An Inclusive Revival Of Mayfair’s Frankford Ave

April 23, 2015  |  Morning Blend

A bottom-top approach toward a BID, developers to explain their Spruce Hill mixed-use to residents, PHL expansion deal reached with neighbors, and life on Elfreth’s Alley > more

Philadelphia’s Blooming Roofs Are Booming

Philadelphia’s Blooming Roofs Are Booming

April 22, 2015  |  Morning Blend

The advantages of green roofing, 52nd Street reaches back to its former vitality, a high-tech bench for Independence Mall, and a look inside Indego’s HQ > more

Greater Center City’s Growth Spurt Continues

Greater Center City’s Growth Spurt Continues

April 21, 2015  |  Morning Blend

A look at the 2015 State of Center City report, the legacy of Stephen Girard’s gentleman home, streamlining rehabilitation in Germantown, and the proliferation of potholes > more

Circling Back To The Ross Loopholes

Circling Back To The Ross Loopholes

April 20, 2015  |  Possible City

Garage-front houses are going up across from the Betsy Ross House because the developers of the houses exploited a trifecta of loopholes in the regulatory system. Following up on an earlier report, Nathaniel Popkin peers through > more

US Navy Considering Permission For Residential Use In Navy Yard

US Navy Considering Permission For Residential Use In Navy Yard

April 20, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Adaptive reuse of former installation’s facilities possible, Fairmount Park Conservancy broadens mission, and a look at the design for Pat’s Steaks mixed-use > more

The City Of Neighborhoods, For Better Or Worse

The City Of Neighborhoods, For Better Or Worse

April 17, 2015  |  Morning Blend

A look at the decentralized state of affairs in Center City, Live Nation announces plans for reuse of Fishtown factory, and distressed parkers fight South Philly proposal > more

Broad, Market, And The Wholesome City

Broad, Market, And The Wholesome City

April 16, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Reflections on the laying of the cornerstone to City Hall, short film eavesdrops in on Philadelphians in motion, Samschick’s Delaware Avenue projects not too popular with residents, Rebuilding Together Philadelphia celebrates milestone, and community input for West Philly plan > more

“Air” Installed By The Schuylkill

“Air” Installed By The Schuylkill

April 15, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Famed sculptor’s 1979 piece back on public display, storefront improvement program reportedly strangled by federal regulation, northern concrete City Hall apron to be repoured, and using co-working spaces as a reinvigorator of East Market Street > more

Original Design Of Courtyard Gates To Be Installed At City Hall

Original Design Of Courtyard Gates To Be Installed At City Hall

April 13, 2015  |  Morning Blend

New gates for City Hall were designed in 1869, the mixed blessing of the South Philly refinery, Guinn to design mural for Wissahickon train station, Brandywine Realty moves into Old City, and Squilla promotes valet parking as solution for waterfront clubs > more

Unedited North Philadelphia Brings Reel Footage And Real People Together At The Wagner

Unedited North Philadelphia Brings Reel Footage And Real People Together At The Wagner

April 10, 2015  |  Buzz

This Saturday the Wagner Free Institute of Science will host “Unedited North Philadelphia: From Reel Footage to Real Stories,” a day of archival footage viewing and community discussion on neighborhood history, historic preservation, and the encroaching development of North Philly > more

Rushing Plans For LOVE Park

Rushing Plans For LOVE Park

April 10, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Not there yet on LOVE Park design, Nutter agrees to UEDs in proviso, South Philly traffic triangle to become public space, and Depression-era Northwest Philly theater to be demolished > more

Extensive Repairs For 25th Street Viaduct Announced

Extensive Repairs For 25th Street Viaduct Announced

April 9, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Crumbling South Philly bridge to receive multi-year redo, the importance of schoolyards in the development of communities, King of Jeans building finally ready for demolition, and a new office for Mural Arts > more

Farming Petty Island In 2115?

Farming Petty Island In 2115?

April 8, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Food scarcity explored in latest Better Philadelphia Challenge winning design, rejuvenating American Street, touring futuristic art exhibit to stop by The Oval in June, and another try for the revival of Squirrel Hill Park > more

With Council Introducing Gallery Redevelopment Bills, We Examine PREIT's Plan

With Council Introducing Gallery Redevelopment Bills, We Examine PREIT’s Plan

April 23, 2015  |  News

What's the economics behind the outlet mall concept? Will the Gallery remain a public place? Is PREIT offering transformative architecture? Nathaniel Popkin examines the project and files this report > more

Getting Wise To Watershed Waste With <em>One Man's Trash</em>

Getting Wise To Watershed Waste With One Man’s Trash

April 22, 2015  |  Vantage

Today is Earth Day and Bradley Maule has a bone to pick with Philadelphia. He just spent 52 weeks picking up our litter in the Wissahickon Valley and his collection isn't pretty. His evocative environmental art installation, One Man's Trash, opens today, April 22nd, at the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center. HC co-editors Michael Bixler and Maule caught up to get into some trash talk. > more

Fragments Of The Franco Belgium Society In Frankford

Fragments Of The Franco Belgium Society In Frankford

April 20, 2015  |  Vantage

Underneath a thick coating of concrete and graffiti lies the former home of The Franco Belgium Society. Memories of the French and Belgian presence that arrived in Frankford during WWI has mostly been lost to a neighborhood exodus in the 1960's and fading recollections. Contributor Max Marin gathers the last remaining fragments of the community and the clubhouse on Deal Street > more

New Delaware Avenue Development Proposals Put Maritime Supply Warehouse In A Corner

New Delaware Avenue Development Proposals Put Maritime Supply Warehouse In A Corner

April 17, 2015  |  News, Vantage

Time bought for the former Edward Corner Marine Merchandize Warehouse in a zoning meeting Wednesday night. Fishtown neighbors shot down developer Michael Samschick's large-scale mixed-use proposals for the three adjoining lots along Delaware Avenue. Contributor Stephen Stofka was there and has a few take-away recommendations for a less sprawling, more conscientious treatment of the blocks > more

In Strawberry Mansion, Making The Case For Adaptive Reuse

In Strawberry Mansion, Making The Case For Adaptive Reuse

April 15, 2015  |  Soapbox

The 100-year old Metropolitan Garage in Strawberry Mansion is as unique as it it is oddly charming. Located right across the street form the entrance of East Fairmount Park, with a great view of the city skyline to boot, Hidden City contributor Oscar Beisart thinks that a bold reuse of the building just might be the kind of creative investment the neighborhood needs. Though, demolition permits are already in place and another opportunity to keep our historic, industrial fabric intact may soon be lost > more

The Curious Case Of Body Snatching At Lebanon Cemetery

The Curious Case Of Body Snatching At Lebanon Cemetery

April 13, 2015  |  Vantage

Like many of the city's historic resting places, Lebanon Cemetery in South Philadelphia eventually gave way to urban expansion. Though, shortly before the African-American burial ground was developed for what is now Point Breeze and Girard Estates, a firestorm of sensational headlines erupted in the late 1800's after a grave robber was apprehended while allegedly stealing corpses for Jefferson Medical College. Contributor Erin McLeary has the lurid details > more

For Whom The Bells Toll: The People Vs. Saint Mark's Episcopal

For Whom The Bells Toll: The People Vs. Saint Mark’s Episcopal

April 10, 2015  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

The bright, recently-installed LED sign on top of the Lit Brothers building is already firing up disproval among local residents. Harry K. says the conflict is nothing compared to the bell ringing quarrel of 1876, when half the city appeared to be involved in silencing the bells of Saint Mark's Episcopal Church in Rittenhouse Square > more

Marked Potential: District Health Center #1

Marked Potential: District Health Center #1

April 8, 2015  |  Marked Potential, Vantage

It is one thing to come up with creative ideas for reusing buildings worthy of a second life and another to blueprint the bones of a solid plan. Interior architect and designer Shila Griffith does both with her new series, "Marked Potential." First up is the curvy, mid-century modern Public Health Center #1 at Broad and Lombard > more

Many Ways To Skin A Row House

Many Ways To Skin A Row House

April 5, 2015  |  Vantage

As the housing boom hammers along developers continue to experiment with residential façade design leaving simple, brick and mortar row home exteriors looking almost quaint. Ariel and Grace Diliberto checks out a few new faces in the neighborhood with this row house roundup > more

With New Center Coming, Remembering The Southern Home For Destitute Children

With New Center Coming, Remembering The Southern Home For Destitute Children

April 2, 2015  |  Vantage

The South Philadelphia Branch of the Free Library was recently leveled to make way for construction of the Community Health and Literacy Center, a wellness and educational partnership between Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, FLP, and the City. Long before the former library's tenure at Broad and Morris Streets, an orphanage claimed the large rectangular block from 1891 to 1960. HC contributor Sarah Kennedy got in touch with former residents of The Southern Home For Destitute Children, bringing up fond memories and a lasting affection for their childhood home away from home > more

Before The Bro Bar: Unboxing The Former Home Of Finnegan's Wake

Before The Bro Bar: Unboxing The Former Home Of Finnegan’s Wake

March 30, 2015  |  The Shadow Knows

Finnegan's Wake, the infamous Irish pub at 2nd and Spring Garden, closed its doors last summer after a contract for selling the building fell through. The former box and casket factory now sits vacant and off the market. The Shadow saddles up to the bar to give us the building's industrious background > more

The Industrial Bones Of South Philadelphia

The Industrial Bones Of South Philadelphia

March 27, 2015  |  Vantage

Think of Pier 70 and picture of the many many shopping options, from Walmart and Home Depot to Superfresh and AC Moore. But think of it a century ago for a totally different picture of industrial South Philadelphia. Theresa Everline tells the story of Baugh & Sons, a bygone major fertilizer company on the riverfront > more

Surveying The Damage With <em>Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences</em>

Surveying The Damage With Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences

March 25, 2015  |  Vantage

A picture is worth a thousand words, but some can leave you speechless. We caught up with photographer Matthew Christopher to discuss a nation in architectural decline and his new book, "Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences" > more

A Disaster Waiting To Happen? Oil Trains And The Collision at Fairmount Park Tunnel

A Disaster Waiting To Happen? Oil Trains And The Collision at Fairmount Park Tunnel

March 23, 2015  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

Crude oil train accidents are happening all over the country at an alarming rate. As 160,000 barrels move through Philadelphia daily, many worry that a disaster is going to happen sooner than later. Harry K put an eye on present day concerns about the oil trains running along the Schuylkill River East Side Railroad and looks at the tragic accident of 1900 inside Fairmount Park Tunnel > more

Give Schuylkill River The Wetlands It Wants

Give Schuylkill River The Wetlands It Wants

March 20, 2015  |  Soapbox

What would the Schuylkill River say if you could ask it what it wants? Sean O'Rourke believes the river would say beautification of its banks and serious investment in a healthy, urban tidal river ecosystem > more