Planning Commission Signs Off On New Penn Medical Facility

Planning Commission Signs Off On New Penn Medical Facility

May 26, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Penn Tower replacement approved by planning commission, two West Philly community gardens safe from sheriff’s sale for now, South Philly school to get $100K for playground improvements, anti-gentrification graffiti in West Philly, and Habitat for Humanity begins work on 21 homes near Temple > more

PhillyU Students Rethink East Falls Station

PhillyU Students Rethink East Falls Station

May 25, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Imagining a rebuilt SEPTA station, recalling the fire of 1897, Pennsport residents want dog parks, five more homes for South Kensington, and operator selected for Parks on Tap summer series > more

Reading The Economic Tea Leaves As The Delaware Deepens

Reading The Economic Tea Leaves As The Delaware Deepens

May 23, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Some caveats for the port boosters, Shurs Lane factory unveiled as rental units, and Philly to slip in population ranking > more

Excavating The American Revolution

Excavating The American Revolution

May 19, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Sifting through colonial privies, Planning Commission okays Sharswood PHA HQ plans, $30 million in upgrades coming to PHL, talking the history of Chinatown, and breaking the rules of historic house museum presentation > more

Some Love For Washington Square's Mid-Century

Some Love For Washington Square’s Mid-Century “Cheese Grater”

May 17, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Lauding a modernist classic in Washington Square, UArts students plan for a green future, the rebirth of Front & Master, and 25K flock to Franklin Square’s light festival > more

Tacony Storefront To Become Hub Of Literary Respite And Artistic Collaboration

Tacony Storefront To Become Hub Of Literary Respite And Artistic Collaboration

May 16, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Tacony Library and Arts Building almost ready, African art on display at the PMA, Philly recovers previous high in home values, and former Please Touch Museum location to be demolished > more

The Unlikely Urbanism Of John Fry

The Unlikely Urbanism Of John Fry

May 13, 2016  |  Morning Blend

A look back at the Drexel president’s redevelopment project at Franklin & Marshall, Council members talk councilmanic prerogative, and Clarke floats $100 million for home repair loans > more

Fairmount Park First Major Urban Park System To Get Google Street View Treatment

Fairmount Park First Major Urban Park System To Get Google Street View Treatment

May 12, 2016  |  Buzz

Google mapping program will bring virtual hiking to Fairmount Park > more

On Parkway, $4.5 Million Plaza To Showcase Holocaust Memorial Statue

On Parkway, $4.5 Million Plaza To Showcase Holocaust Memorial Statue

May 12, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Monument to be re-contextualized, apartment complex proposed in Cedar Park, Feibush wins federal suit against Johnson, and ground broken on Drexel apartment project > more

Stock Exchange To Move To University City

Stock Exchange To Move To University City

May 11, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Nation’s oldest stock exchange to move into FMC Tower, Penn statute to get a late-summer bath, new plans for North Broad reuse, and City outlines DNC security grant spending plan > more

Combined Health, Literacy, And Rec Center Opens On South Broad

Combined Health, Literacy, And Rec Center Opens On South Broad

May 10, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Innovative synthesis of public-private services unveiled in South Philly, Inky urges Indego forward, medium-term concerns for the Reading Viaduct, Kensington school planning ADA-accessible playground, and Adams Avenue bridge closed for repairs > more

As Sediment Builds, Rowing Less Safe In The Schuylkill

As Sediment Builds, Rowing Less Safe In The Schuylkill

May 9, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Dredging sought for Schuylkill River, Boathouse Row through the decades, Feibush-Johnson civil trial begins, and 17 new homes coming to South Kensington > more

Councilman Seeks One-Year Moratorium On Controversial Blatstein Proposal

Councilman Seeks One-Year Moratorium On Controversial Blatstein Proposal

May 5, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Johnson moves against universally derided design for Broad & Washington, two separate protests take to City Hall in as many days, and Roxborough gets a new pocket park > more

Kenney Talks Tech

Kenney Talks Tech

May 4, 2016  |  Morning Blend

What the City is doing to retain and expand N3rd Street, reviewing the CDR’s docket from yesterday, Mayfair residents concerned about sinkholes, and latest Project HOME facility opens on Arch Street > more

PMA Enters The Tablet Age

PMA Enters The Tablet Age

May 3, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Touring the PMA with its new tablet app, grant money to illuminate Manayunk Bridge Trail, HUD to dole out $43 million to combat homelessness around Philly, and a new rendering shows off the top of Temple’s next library > more

With World Heritage City Liftoff Tomorrow, What Can We Expect?

With World Heritage City Liftoff Tomorrow, What Can We Expect?

May 25, 2016  |  News

World Heritage and City officials will unveil the project's ambitious goals, but what do they have in mind, and can they deliver? Hilary Jay reports > more

Brooding Drueding on the Cusp

Brooding Drueding on the Cusp

May 23, 2016  |  The Shadow Knows

For decades, a contiguous eight-and-ten-story complex has loomed over Fifth & Master, a behemoth reminder of the loss of industry. But! The Shadow sees light at the end of the tunnel for the Drueding Brothers building, a.k.a. the Umbrella Factory > more

Good, Bad, and Ugly: A Survey of Fishtown's New Construction

Good, Bad, and Ugly: A Survey of Fishtown’s New Construction

May 20, 2016  |  Vantage

As Fishtown struggles to keep up with its own renown, developers have likewise tried to keep up with housing demand. Frankford Avenue alone looks drastically different than it did just five years ago, and on streets big and small throughout the neighborhood, new homes have sprouted like weeds. With the fourth and final installment of Fishtown Week, we survey the new housing that has grown—and continues to grow—the neighborhood > more

Fishtown Adaptation

Fishtown Adaptation

May 19, 2016  |  Vantage

While demolitions have been plenty and new constructions have been many, Fishtown has an all-star list of old buildings breathing invigorated new life. Day 3 of Fishtown Week looks at the neighborhood's best examples of adaptive reuse > more

Historic Fishtown, Tier 2

Historic Fishtown, Tier 2

May 18, 2016  |  Vantage

Despite its colonial origins and an abundance of buildings dating to the 1800s, Fishtown has little protected by way of historic designation. Part 2 of Fishtown Week looks at historic buildings not listed on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places, some of which are on the National Register > more

Defining

Defining “Historic Fishtown”

May 17, 2016  |  Vantage

With no end in sight to the real estate boom transforming neighborhoods across Philadelphia, perhaps no single neighborhood represents the recurring conflicts between development and historic preservation than Fishtown. Brad Maule launches a four-part series on the topic with this profile of the neighborhood's properties on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places > more

America's First Animal Shelter To Expand Historic Facility

America’s First Animal Shelter To Expand Historic Facility

May 13, 2016  |  News, Walk the Walk

Contributor Joe Brin checks in at Morris Animal Refuge where big plans to modernize the 142-year-old shelter are currently in the works > more

In This Month Of Jane Jacobs, A Look At The

In This Month Of Jane Jacobs, A Look At The “Philadelphia School” That Inspired & Frustrated Her

May 11, 2016  |  Vantage

A new exhibit on Philadelphia designers has Nathaniel Popkin thinking about the deep and sometimes frayed connections between them and Jane Jacobs, whose centennial is celebrated with two new books > more

Secrets Of A House Of Cadavers, Reanimated As Condos

Secrets Of A House Of Cadavers, Reanimated As Condos

May 9, 2016  |  The Shadow Knows

Hard to believe that Thomas Jefferson University's mammoth, ever-expanding healthcare system was once a tiny obscure medical school. The Shadow give us the diagnosis on Jefferson's old Institute of Anatomy at 11th and Clinton Streets, where the school gained momentum and notoriety > more

Tourist Photos From 1981 Reveal The Heart Of

Tourist Photos From 1981 Reveal The Heart Of “Old Philadelphia”

May 6, 2016  |  Last Light

A found collection of tourist photos from the summer of 1981 captures the character of the city > more

Testing The Gentrification Narrative At Temple University

Testing The Gentrification Narrative At Temple University

May 4, 2016  |  Vantage

Development and displacement go hand-in-hand, but every situation is unique and gentrification isn't always an entirely accurate assessment. Contributor David Hilbert takes a look at the North Philadelphia neighborhood surrounding Temple University where new construction for student housing is putting pressure on long time residents > more

Crisis Of Mass Incarceration The Subject Of New Exhibit At Eastern State Penitentiary

Crisis Of Mass Incarceration The Subject Of New Exhibit At Eastern State Penitentiary

May 2, 2016  |  News

Eastern State Penitentiary takes an innovative approach to contemporary prison issues and public education with their new exhibit, “Prisons Today: Questions in the Age of Mass Incarceration” > more

Reaction To 19th Street Baptist Demo Scare Points Up Changing Sensitivity At L&I

Reaction To 19th Street Baptist Demo Scare Points Up Changing Sensitivity At L&I

April 28, 2016  |  News

A demolition notice mistakenly placed on the doors of 19th Street Baptist Church in Point Breeze sent the preservation and planning community in hot pursuit of answers this week. Michael Bixler reports > more

DNC 2016 The Latest For

DNC 2016 The Latest For “Convention City”

April 27, 2016  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

As the city gears up for the 2016 Democratic National Convention in July, Harry K. gives us a whirlwind tour of Philadelphia political conventions > more

In Rittenhouse Square, A Parish Hall That's Seen It All

In Rittenhouse Square, A Parish Hall That’s Seen It All

April 25, 2016  |  The Shadow Knows

Billiards, hospital beds, food bank, and Father Divine. If this building had a resume "versatility" would be at the top of its skills set. The Shadow takes a look behind the doors of this former parish hall at 21st and Naudain > more