Archdiocese Reaches Agreement Of Sale For Historic Fishtown Church

Archdiocese Reaches Agreement Of Sale For Historic Fishtown Church

February 12, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Apartments coming to St. Laurentius, to previewing the NCC’s latest exhibit, watch group to patrol Schuylkill River Trail, a Navy Yard jobs update, and exploring an abandoned warehouse in the Northeast > more

Parks & Rec To Activate Spaces With Mobile Bar & Garden Program

Parks & Rec To Activate Spaces With Mobile Bar & Garden Program

February 11, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Parks & Rec to get in the beer garden game, Mt. Airy residents to miss Lovett Memorial Library during renovations, Tacony-Disston nominated to National Historic Register, and the School District finds temporary space for Science Leadership Academy in Drexel building > more

Fabric Row Clothed In Light

Fabric Row Clothed In Light

February 10, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Fabric Row gets new street lighting, affordable housing set for Point Breeze, North Philly museum provides setting for short film, and Dranoff gets an assist from Squilla > more

Water Taxiing To The Navy Yard?

Water Taxiing To The Navy Yard?

February 9, 2016  |  Morning Blend

A plan for water taxing to the Navy Yard, The Gallery redevelopment delayed once more, PennDOT to reconfigure Franklin Institute’s Winter Street, SEPTA looking to increase El capacity, and more scenes of Philly in the snow > more

Low Income Housing For Artists In West Powelton To Break Ground

Low Income Housing For Artists In West Powelton To Break Ground

February 8, 2016  |  Buzz

Affordable live-work space project in West Philadelphia will provide stable rent costs to area artists > more

In South Philly, Rethinking Urban Agricultural

In South Philly, Rethinking Urban Agricultural

February 8, 2016  |  Morning Blend

“Farm to folk” in South Philadelphia, Philly’s newest poetess, celebrate the Year of the Monkey at Reading Terminal, West Philly High redevelopment moving along, and the last month of the Fabric Workshop and Museum’s latest exhibit > more

Report: Philly Lead Exposure Greater Than Flint

Report: Philly Lead Exposure Greater Than Flint

February 5, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Contextualizing the Philly lead exposure numbers, L&I moves to make demolition permit process more efficient, building a stealth tower by-right, and 20 units for starving artists coming to West Philadelphia > more

After Trade, Bourse Business Model To Tempt Techies

After Trade, Bourse Business Model To Tempt Techies

February 4, 2016  |  Morning Blend

New owners to position Bourse building as tech start-up magnet, the PR game that Temple needs to play for its stadium, Mt. Airy USA’s Philadelphia Immigrant Innovation Hub to launch tonight, and a post-storm sneckdown breakdown > more

CDR Blasts

CDR Blasts “Amateurish” Design For Callowhill Mixed-Use

February 3, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Civic Design Review committee dismisses Callowhill mixed-use proposal, work on The Beacon begins at 16th & Walnut, Richard Allen memorialized on USPS stamp, and NextFab’s open studio sessions winding down > more

Restoring The Hale Building — Patina And All

Restoring The Hale Building — Patina And All

February 2, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Hale Building update, Bethel Burying Ground added to National Register of Historic Places, and Spring Garden warehouse to receive addition > more

Mutually Assured Destruction At Reading Terminal Market

Mutually Assured Destruction At Reading Terminal Market

February 1, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Philly in the Cold War, previewing the economic impact of Philly’s innovative stormwater management plan, and the old Nabisco factory traded > more

Previewing Another Rebirth For The Black Bottom

Previewing Another Rebirth For The Black Bottom

January 29, 2016  |  Morning Blend

West Philly superblock to be broken up, state grant to develop and improve nine local recreation projects, DNC Committee and Kenney provide economic update, and Butkovitz enjoins agencies to consider drone usage > more

Redevelopment Plans To Be Announced For SS United States

Redevelopment Plans To Be Announced For SS United States

January 28, 2016  |  Buzz

SS United States Conservancy announces plans to redevelop the historic ocean liner. The ship, moored in South Philadelphia, will likely to set sail for Manhattan. > more

Toll Brothers Scale Back Plans For Society Hill Playhouse Replacement

Toll Brothers Scale Back Plans For Society Hill Playhouse Replacement

January 28, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Toll Brothers changes plans for Society Hill Playhouse replacement, Squilla’s music venue scheme elicits backlash, half a million dollars to help returning citizens and spruce up vacant lots, and connecting South Philly neighborhoods through practical playgrounds > more

Central Business District Is Headed West, Says Real Estate Analyst

Central Business District Is Headed West, Says Real Estate Analyst

January 27, 2016  |  Morning Blend

UCity as the office district of the next generation, grant to redefine “civic engagement” in Germantown, architect talks Temple library design inspiration and challenges, and some residents still await for the plowing of their streets > more

Fishtown Residents Push Back Against Planned Church Demolition

Fishtown Residents Push Back Against Planned Church Demolition

February 11, 2016  |  News

Can the former East Montgomery Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church, for years a hub for artists and the community, be saved? Ryan Briggs reports > more

The Life And Death Of Callowhill

The Life And Death Of Callowhill

February 10, 2016  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

Callowhill Street is now a two-way from 2nd Street to Columbus Boulevard, changing the one-way east-heading regulation that has been in place since I-95 was built. Harry K connects the new ordinance with the salty history and sad ending of the surrounding neighborhood > more

Flexible Flyer Factory Glides Into Obscurity

Flexible Flyer Factory Glides Into Obscurity

February 8, 2016  |  Vantage

If it wasn't for Philadelphia and the S.L. Allen & Co. the mortality rate of snow sledders at the turn of the century would have been much higher. The farming implement maker introduced steering to sleds in 1900 with their popular Flexible Flyer, taking winter recreation by storm. New contributor Robert Masciantonio has the backstory and takes us inside the old manufacturing plant in Fairhill > more

Naming The Nameless On Lincoln Drive

Naming The Nameless On Lincoln Drive

February 5, 2016  |  Vantage

An eye-catching installation of t-shirts on Lincoln Drive aims to give a name to each of the victims of the city's gun violence. Brad Maule visits the historic Unitarian Society of Germantown and soaks in a heavy and cathartic experience > more

Breaking Through Historic Preservation's Color Line

Breaking Through Historic Preservation’s Color Line

February 4, 2016  |  Developing Challenges, Vantage

Diversity in preservation is a tricky thing. When cultural history speaks more for a building than architecture merit ears often go deaf. Hidden City co-editor Michael Bixler sits down with All That Philly Jazz director Faye Anderson to discuss landmarking the former home of Malcolm X and the precarious nature of protecting Philadelphia's built African-American heritage > more

The Long Death And Rebirth Of The National

The Long Death And Rebirth Of The National

February 1, 2016  |  News

Discerning passersby were startled along Second and Arch Streets last week when they noticed the historically designated National Products Building, famous for its orange midcentury tiles, coming down by the wrecking ball. But, Brad Maule writes after a visit to the Historical Commission, the façade will be "fully and faithfully" reconstructed > more

Artist Explores Pattern Of Synagogue Reuse For African American Churches

Artist Explores Pattern Of Synagogue Reuse For African American Churches

January 29, 2016  |  Vantage

Artist Zoe Cohen explores the loss of sacred places and the incidental conservation of neighborhood synagogues by African American church congregations in her multimedia series, Shul / Church Project. An exhibition of her work opens at the Abington Arts Center on February 5th > more

Stuck Inside Of Mt. Airy With The Center City Blues

Stuck Inside Of Mt. Airy With The Center City Blues

January 27, 2016  |  Vantage

There's nothing quite like the silent magic of the city during a full-on blizzard, is there? Daily co-editor Brad Maule spent most of this past weekend outside—half in Mt. Airy and Germantown, half in the Wissahickon—and came away with a slight yearning for Center City. Bring your snow shoes along for this photo essay > more

Whitman’s Chocolates Building Bids A Bittersweet Farewell

Whitman’s Chocolates Building Bids A Bittersweet Farewell

January 25, 2016  |  Vantage

With little consideration or consternation, the last remaining facility of Philadelphia's own Whitman's Chocolates has been approved for demolition. Contributor Oscar Beisert has the history of the famous confectioner's production site at 5th and Race and the details on how buildings protected in historic districts can sometimes be hastily brushed aside > more

Parish Vs. Archdiocese Vs. Public Good In Catholic Preservation Fight

Parish Vs. Archdiocese Vs. Public Good In Catholic Preservation Fight

January 22, 2016  |  Vantage

Historian Thomas Rzeznik unpacks the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's recent edict to oppose any attempts to place Catholic buildings on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places. Who will win this proxy battle? > more

Marked Potential: Mercantile Library

Marked Potential: Mercantile Library

January 20, 2016  |  Marked Potential

If buildings could make distress signals the Mercantile Library on Chestnut Street would fill the ears of all in Center City. The once sleek, mid-century modern structure, vacant for 26 years, now sits in a state of slow decay. Interior architect Shila Griffith says the bones of the building are still strong and envisions a co-working space for medical industrial designers with this month's Marked Potential > more

Northern Liberties Church Keeps Pace With The Neighborhood For Two Centuries

Northern Liberties Church Keeps Pace With The Neighborhood For Two Centuries

January 19, 2016  |  The Shadow Knows

The former First Presbyterian Church of the Northern Liberties knows the business of conversion. This low-key brick structure built in the early 1800's on Fairmount Avenue spent decades as a theater, a hall for German singing societies, a Polish community house, and now lives out its days as a children's learning center. The Shadow tallies up the building's long list of reuse > more

Cecil Baker And The Redemption Of 1900 Chestnut Street

Cecil Baker And The Redemption Of 1900 Chestnut Street

January 15, 2016  |  Vantage

Design-wise, plans for the Boyd Theater site at 1900 Chestnut Street has been doomed from the get-go. Pearl Properties' first architect for the project, Eimer Architects, couldn't deliver a quality blueprint to match the prime Center City site. Enter Cecil Baker + Partners. With thoughtful consideration to neighborhood stakeholders and a mind for smart urbanism, Baker's redesign sets plans for the the site right. Contributor Stephen Stofka has this Q&A with the architect who picked up the pieces and saved the project from a deadlock > more

New Directive From Archdiocese Is A Call To Arms Against Preservation

New Directive From Archdiocese Is A Call To Arms Against Preservation

January 13, 2016  |  Soapbox

Last week the Archdiocese of Philadelphia issued an order to pastors and religious officials baring all involvement in placing churches on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places. Patrick Hildebrandt, founder of the Philadelphia Church Project, says the rigid edict wages war on historic Catholic church survival and preservation > more

Before The Millennials: On The Move With Young Philadelphians Mid-Century

Before The Millennials: On The Move With Young Philadelphians Mid-Century

January 11, 2016  |  Vantage

Urban life-loving millennials are at least partially responsible for the growth of Greater Center City, and a good dozen other neighborhoods around the city. With this in mind, David Hilbert looks at Philadelphia's young adults circa 1950-1970, during suburbanization. Where did they live and why? > more