The Circuit To Make Big Connections In 2016

The Circuit To Make Big Connections In 2016

May 2, 2016  |  Morning Blend

A look at the latest extensions to The Circuit, a walk-and-talk through Mt Airy, Boathouse Row to get LED lighting replaced, Divine Lorraine apartments now pre-leasing, and Penn Treaty Tower parcel up for sale > more

Why Even The Temporary Privatization of Public Space Is Too Much

Why Even The Temporary Privatization of Public Space Is Too Much

April 29, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Preserving public space from the call of privatism, remembering the racial tensions of 1918, Independence National Historic Park sees increase in visitors and revenues, Land Bank moves its first parcels, and Councilman getting serious about Open Streets > more

More Time Needed For Zoning Board Consideration Of Blatstein’s Broad & Washington Proposal

More Time Needed For Zoning Board Consideration Of Blatstein’s Broad & Washington Proposal

April 28, 2016  |  Morning Blend

ZBA asks for two weeks to digest project’s “excessive information,” why the 30th Street Station rail yards might be (almost) completely capped after all, Mantua residents to consider rezoning and gentrification issues, and a call for selective painted bike lanes > more

Valet Parking Lot Imagined As Interim Use On Market

Valet Parking Lot Imagined As Interim Use On Market

April 26, 2016  |  Morning Blend

More surface parking coming to Market Street, a look at the winning designs of the Play Space Competition, and baseball mural coming to MLB’s Urban Youth Academy > more

State And City Plan Ahead In Historic Preservation Efforts During Natural Disaster

State And City Plan Ahead In Historic Preservation Efforts During Natural Disaster

April 25, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Historic structures to be attended to in case of natural disaster, filming at Holmesburg prison, and Parks and Rec forgoes upkeep of Northwest golf course > more

Indego Starts Its Second Year

Indego Starts Its Second Year

April 22, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Indego to expand, more renderings of Broad & Washington’s eventual transformation, and the underselling of Philly’s real estate values > more

Touring The Divine Lorraine

Touring The Divine Lorraine

April 21, 2016  |  Morning Blend

A tour of the renovations inside the Divine Lorraine, bank building in Roxoborugh deemed historic, 900 trees being planted this weekend, RiverLink Ferry trades hands, and Temple breaks ground on new library > more

Mapping Land Value For 2017

Mapping Land Value For 2017

April 20, 2016  |  Morning Blend

A visualization of OPA’s land-based assessments, Planning Commission not keen on Clarke’s Brewerytown rezoning proposal, and Strawberry Mansion High community garden receives improvements > more

CDC To Celebrate Half Century Of Protecting And Enriching Chinatown

CDC To Celebrate Half Century Of Protecting And Enriching Chinatown

April 19, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Chinatown CDC turns 50, fire protection measure advances in Council, locally based restaurant chain supporting Philly’s creative scene, Ryan Howard’s name likely to grace new Urban Youth Academy, and the misguided development of Washington Ave > more

Programming A Dump

Programming A Dump

April 18, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Artists bring programming to a Holmesburg recycling center, home improvement assistance for Mantua residents, SEPTA begins work on concourses south of City Hall, and scenes from inside The Gallery in transition > more

Hwæt! Beowulf & Grendel Coming To Mount Moriah

Hwæt! Beowulf & Grendel Coming To Mount Moriah

April 15, 2016  |  Morning Blend

First programming venture for Southwest Philly cemetery, Saffron’s predictions on Blatstein’s Broad & Washington tower, Spruce Hill residents not too keen on proposed replacement to burned-out building, panel to discuss poverty in North Philly, and Center City playground gets renovation funding > more

Woods Square Proposed For Frankford & Lehigh Avenues

Woods Square Proposed For Frankford & Lehigh Avenues

April 14, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Another mixed-use announced for East Kensington, Lincoln Square a hit at SOSNA meeting, Tiffany “Dream Garden” still safe, and Squilla will not relent on music venue license measure > more

The Good Planning & Bad Politics Of Parking Standards

The Good Planning & Bad Politics Of Parking Standards

April 13, 2016  |  Morning Blend

City Council still weary of reduced parking standards, endangered community garden safe for now, another Wawa for Center City, and looking back at a transformed 17th & Carpenter > more

DAG Digs Into Blatstein Proposals

DAG Digs Into Blatstein Proposals

April 12, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Design professionals urge Tower Investments to reconsider its two current proposals, St. Augustine paintings added to historic register, and another big build for Project HOME > more

Cars Losing Their Clout On South Street West

Cars Losing Their Clout On South Street West

April 11, 2016  |  Morning Blend

How South Street West became a pedestrian’s haven, Smith Playground to get an adult jungle gym, planning begins on a safer Roosevelt Boulevard, work begins on pocket park on Ridge Avenue, and weekend security patrols augmented at Temple > 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

Reassessing Horace Trumbauer

Reassessing Horace Trumbauer

April 22, 2016  |  Vantage

Architect Horace Trumbauer left an indelible mark on the city's landscape, yet even today he remains largely underrated. Karen Chernick talks with Bruce Laverty, curator of architecture at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, about the man behind some of Philadelphia's most iconic architecture > more

Historic Estate And Underground Railroad Station Under Threat In Plymouth Meeting

Historic Estate And Underground Railroad Station Under Threat In Plymouth Meeting

April 20, 2016  |  News

At Butler and Germantown Pikes, plans for a dense suburban subdivision threaten to dissolve the Corson Estate, a 10 acre parcel rich in abolitionist history and an important stop on the Underground Railroad. Michael Bixler reports > more

I Walked the Line: Exploring Philadelphia's Borders One Step At A Time

I Walked the Line: Exploring Philadelphia’s Borders One Step At A Time

April 18, 2016  |  Vantage

Writer and Hidden City contributor Ann de Forest traversed the city's perimeter over five and a half days looking for life between Philadelphia's boundaries. Here's her account of what she found > more

Pipe Organ Concert Opens Doors To Girard College Chapel

Pipe Organ Concert Opens Doors To Girard College Chapel

April 15, 2016  |  Last Light

Girard College Chapel is an overlooked treasure trove containing some of the city's best Greek and Art Deco detailing. It's also home to one of the biggest pipe organs in Philadelphia. Dan Papa unlocks the radiant vault with this revealing photo essay > more

John Gallery Discusses The Latest Edition Of

John Gallery Discusses The Latest Edition Of “Philadelphia Architecture”

April 13, 2016  |  Vantage

The longtime leader in community development and preservation talks about the latest edition of his Philadelphia architectural guide with Hidden City co-editor Nathaniel Popkin > more

Elegy For A Building Whose Life Was Cut Short

Elegy For A Building Whose Life Was Cut Short

April 11, 2016  |  The Shadow Knows

The Shadow looks back at Haseltine Building, a beautiful contemporary of the Hale Building that ended in flames and misfortune > more

Inside Pennsylvania Hospital's Little Seen Original Building

Inside Pennsylvania Hospital’s Little Seen Original Building

April 7, 2016  |  Last Light

What does America's oldest medical facility look like on the inside? Resplendent. Photographer Chandra Lampreich takes a stroll down the airy halls of Pennsylvania Hospital with this historical overview and photo essay > more

On Rebuilding Lancaster Ave, Restaurant Serves Up Recipe For Equity

On Rebuilding Lancaster Ave, Restaurant Serves Up Recipe For Equity

April 6, 2016  |  Vantage

EAT Café on Lancaster Avenue to bring community engagement and an equitable dining experience to West Philadelphia. Tyler Horst has the story > more

Marked Potential: Warwick Apartment House

Marked Potential: Warwick Apartment House

April 4, 2016  |  Marked Potential

With this month's Marked Potential we put our eyes on the Warwick Apartment House currently under threat of demolition. Interior architect Shila Griffith puts a stop to the wrecking ball with this boutique hotel conversion > more

Fishtown Church Conversion Summons Spiritualist Past

Fishtown Church Conversion Summons Spiritualist Past

March 31, 2016  |  News

Philadelphia's only purpose-built Spiritualist church trades séances for office space at Frankford and Thompson. Michael Bixler reports. > more

Sizing Up Schuylkill Yards

Sizing Up Schuylkill Yards

March 30, 2016  |  Vantage

Drexel University unveiled the next phase of their Innovation Neighborhood earlier this month with the announcement of Schuylkill Yards. Contributor Stephen Stofka takes a look at plans for the ambitious new district with an eye on feasibility and design > more