On Preserving Bacon’s Neighborhood

On Preserving Bacon’s Neighborhood

November 7, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Thoughts on saving the inauthentic authenticity of Society Hill; water main breaks, again, in East Falls; and Southwark Elementary to hatch dragon schoolyard design > more

Treating The Civil War’s Wounded In West Philly

Treating The Civil War’s Wounded In West Philly

November 4, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Looking back at Satterlee General Hospital, PMA receives 5 Twombly sculptures, a “Sanctuary” in the Gayborhood, posters promote democracy, and PHL makes top ten list > more

Art Commission Scoffs At Commercializing Municipal Façades

Art Commission Scoffs At Commercializing Municipal Façades

November 3, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Body rejects plans for vinyl mesh signage, 1200 earns LEED Gold, and South Philly’s Palumbo Park redesigned > more

Slow Build On Graterford Replacement

Slow Build On Graterford Replacement

November 2, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Checking in on delayed Phoenix facility in Montco, a renovated park reopens in Old City, a solar powered parklet in Tacony, and North Broad apartment tower proposal goes to ZBA > more

Long Awaited Construction Of Rail Park Begins Today

Long Awaited Construction Of Rail Park Begins Today

October 31, 2016  |  Buzz

After more than a decade of planning and public anticipation, construction of the Reading Viaduct Rail Park breaks ground > more

In Delaware County, Early National Quarantine Center To Be Preserved

In Delaware County, Early National Quarantine Center To Be Preserved

October 31, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Lazaretto to become offices by 2018, Mural Arts to step up conservation efforts, and Northwest Philly gets $1M development grant > more

Waiting For Return Of Successful Cedar Park Traffic Calming Measure

Waiting For Return Of Successful Cedar Park Traffic Calming Measure

October 28, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Flower pots to return next month, Inky recalls Philly’s last century of birthdays, and Yards Brewing to expand at new location across Delaware Ave > more

9th Street Business Improvement District Defeated—Barely

9th Street Business Improvement District Defeated—Barely

October 27, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Business owners vote Italian Market BID down, what’s holding up the Brush Factory reuse, and renderings for residential project in Port Richmond > more

Curator Previews The Museum Of The American Revolution

Curator Previews The Museum Of The American Revolution

October 26, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Retelling an old story, Frankford CDC prepares new HQ, PHA leases out old HQ, shooting raises safety concerns for Rittenhouse Square, and waiting on Spruce Hill development to start > more

Chinatown Tower Receives $1.3 Million State Development Grant

Chinatown Tower Receives $1.3 Million State Development Grant

October 21, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Chinatown tower gets boost from Harrisburg, Rodin Square espouses cargo aesthetic, new construction on the Sharswood/Brewerytown border, and Horticultural Society planting bulbs for spring > more

PAFA Exhibits The Innovative & Inappropriate Photography Of Thomas Eakins

PAFA Exhibits The Innovative & Inappropriate Photography Of Thomas Eakins

October 20, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Eakins through the lens, Lincoln Square renderings, Philly jazz greats honored, and colonial surveying tools come in Fairmount Park > more

Dilworth Park Preps For Winter

Dilworth Park Preps For Winter

October 19, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Dilworth Park transforming into Wintergarden, Planning Commission rejects appealing RCO applications, design competition looks at future of Philly rowhouses, and calls for council hearings on SEPTA’s CCT service > more

With Rohm & Haas Building Nomination, A Layered & Proactive Approach

With Rohm & Haas Building Nomination, A Layered & Proactive Approach

October 18, 2016  |  Morning Blend

The thinking behind an extraordinary proposal for historic protection, former Archdiocesan school moves into shuttered District school, and Temple working toward carbon-neutrality > more

Broken Window Economics

Broken Window Economics

October 17, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Study looks at indirect returns on investment in blighted neighborhoods, PennDOT awards grants on four infrastructure projects, former Italian parish church recalls advent of commercial air travel, and Grace Kelly’s family repurchases Henry Ave home > more

Historic Designation For Suffragette Meeting House In Somerton

Historic Designation For Suffragette Meeting House In Somerton

October 14, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Victorian farmhouse designated nationally historic, reuse likely for Loudoun Mansion, NGT maps out path to protect 28 more gardens, House of Corrections in need of more space, a photography exhibit at the Barnes, and the marketing gimmick of renaming Columbus Boulevard > more

Inside SEPTA's Unused Underground Concourse, To Be Restored

Inside SEPTA’s Unused Underground Concourse, To Be Restored

December 2, 2016  |  Last Light

The Center City Concourse, a network of underground pedestrian walkways, has sat empty and largely unused for decades. But big plans are in the works to reopen and reanimate the dead space. Samantha Smyth and Chandra Lampreich takes us into the abandoned tunnels with this photo essay > more

Location Is Everything: Confessions Of A PhillyHistory User

Location Is Everything: Confessions Of A PhillyHistory User

November 30, 2016  |  Vantage

Volunteer PhillyHistory.org geotagger Louis Lescas is an urban historian, map wiz, and human GPS system all wrapped up in one. In this personal essay he shares his love and obsession with hunting locations of old photos for the Philadelphia City Archive > more

Triumph And Tragedy Under The El

Triumph And Tragedy Under The El

November 28, 2016  |  The Shadow Knows

The Shadow takes us to Front and Dauphin where the tragic downfall of a prosperous women's apparel merchant is entombed in sneakers and stucco > more

My Favorite Place: Rare Book Department At FLP

My Favorite Place: Rare Book Department At FLP

November 23, 2016  |  My Favorite Place

Join Charles Dickens, Edgar Allen Poe, and Grip the raven inside the Rare Book Department of the Free Library in the newest installment of My Favorite Place > more

Marked Potential: Fidelity Trust Company

Marked Potential: Fidelity Trust Company

November 22, 2016  |  Marked Potential

For this month's Marked Potential Shila Griffith is North Philly bound to convert an old bank on Lehigh Avenue into a market cafe and community co-working space > more

When Cattle Men Reigned In The West

When Cattle Men Reigned In The West

November 21, 2016  |  Vantage

Livestock, slaughterhouses, and stock cars: these are the sights of West Philadelphia after the Civil War. Contributor Joshua Bevan introduces us to Irish immigrant cattle drover Dennis Smyth, a leading figure of the city's stockyard industry in the late 19th century > more

There's No Us Without You

There’s No Us Without You

November 18, 2016  |  Vantage

We promise to keep delivering for you in 2017. All we need to do that is your support today. Help us reach our $30,000 goal and keep the stories coming > more

In Age Of Trump, Philly Has Legal & Political Power To Resist: Here's How

In Age Of Trump, Philly Has Legal & Political Power To Resist: Here’s How

November 15, 2016  |  Vantage

Philadelphia's future under President-Elect Trump "depends on the exercise of political power in Washington," says Richard Schragger, the author of City Power: Urban Governance in a Global Age, in an interview with Nathaniel Popkin > more

Writing Machines Made Here

Writing Machines Made Here

November 15, 2016  |  The Shadow Knows

The Shadow give us a classic example of adaptive reuse from the 1980s, when the residential conversion of an old typewriter factory in Logan Square led to a wave of new development > more

Potential Fossil Fuel Development At Southport Recalls Publicker Disaster

Potential Fossil Fuel Development At Southport Recalls Publicker Disaster

November 11, 2016  |  Soapbox

A Trump presidency is likely to push fossil fuel production and reduce environmental regulation, reasons to oppose turning Southport into a fossil fuel export hub, as some have proposed. Russell Zerbo, advocacy coordinator for Clean Air Council, says that for proof of why this is bad idea we need only look at the nearby Publicker Industries site, once the "most concentrated waste disaster in the Mid-Atlantic region" > more

Permit And Postponement Put Jewelers Row In Urgent Jeopardy

Permit And Postponement Put Jewelers Row In Urgent Jeopardy

November 10, 2016  |  News

Historical Commission shelves voting on nominations for 704 and 706-08 Sansom Street on Jewelers Row for 90 days. Michael Bixler reports > more

Making Connections In New Jersey With The Delair Bridge

Making Connections In New Jersey With The Delair Bridge

November 9, 2016  |  Vantage

Now that the election is over, it appears we'd better start building bridges. So we thought we'd present this history of the Delair Bridge, erected by the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1895. Strangely obscured next to the Betsy Ross, it was the first bridge to cross the Delaware River south of Trenton. Contributor Mick Ricereto has the story > more

Fraud Claims,

Fraud Claims, “Rigged” Election In Northern Liberties (1838)

November 4, 2016  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

With the ghosts of Andrew Jackson and Nicholas Biddle haunting Trump and Clinton, Harry K recalls another polarizing, pivotal election > more

Considering Our Riverfront <em>Palazzos Of Power</em>: Their History And Potential

Considering Our Riverfront Palazzos Of Power: Their History And Potential

November 2, 2016  |  Vantage

Michael Bixler catches up with architectural historian Aaron Wunsch to discuss his and photographer Joseph E. B. Elliott's new book, "Palazzos Of Power," which they will present tonight at the Center for Architecture > more

The Bavarian Jewel Of Washington Square West

The Bavarian Jewel Of Washington Square West

November 1, 2016  |  The Shadow Knows

At 12th and St. James Streets, a world-renowned jeweler's workshop still shines after 100 years. The Shadow opens up this treasure chest with the history of the building's origins > more