Drexel Law School Gets $50 Million, New Center City Building

Drexel Law School Gets $50 Million, New Center City Building

September 18, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Litigator Thomas R. Kline donates big, Spring Garden Greenway preview this weekend, thoughts on Philly bike politics, and bagels coming to 7th & Walnut > more

City Hall Apron To Be Redone

City Hall Apron To Be Redone

September 17, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Improvements for Dilworth Park’s visual flow, more details on the Bridesburg land swap with Dietz and Watson, Philly Bike Share locations, and a “creative hub” in Brewerytown > more

Preliminary Plans For Maplewood Mall Presented To Germantown Residents

Preliminary Plans For Maplewood Mall Presented To Germantown Residents

September 16, 2014  |  Morning Blend

A community meeting unveils early design thoughts for the corridor revitalization, previewing phase 3 of Fishtown’s Icehouse, Penn teams up with Swiss firm for innovative cancer research facility on its campus, and Dranoff musing on the market > more

Redevelopment In Fishtown Threatened By NIMBYs

Redevelopment In Fishtown Threatened By NIMBYs

September 15, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Samschick’s lynchpin draws the ire of the myopic, Two Liberty Place scraps hotel plan for condos, 30 more police for the Northeast, and some selective gentrification concern in Point Breeze > more

City Council Bets On Cig Tax Before Reassumption of Education Board

City Council Bets On Cig Tax Before Reassumption of Education Board

September 12, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Efforts to dissolve SRC will have to wait, goats cleaning up the Manayunk Bridge Trail head, SEPTA’s desperation with naming rights, and Fishtown’s Delaware Station up for sale > more

William Penn Foundation To Give $25 Million For Free Library Renovations

William Penn Foundation To Give $25 Million For Free Library Renovations

September 11, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Donation will help add space and services to six branches, artist selected for 22nd & Market memorial sculpture, Lea Elementary gets playground equipment and planting beds, and the West Philly Tool Library raises $10K > more

New Renderings For South Philly Development

New Renderings For South Philly Development

September 10, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Developer updates building plans, Avenue North at Temple losing tenants, Brown and Holt families both want control of Southport facilities, Socialist campaigns for homestead exemption in West Philly, and tips to stay in your home (in a gentrifying neighborhood) > more

Gensler To Design Next Comcast Building's Interiors

Gensler To Design Next Comcast Building’s Interiors

September 9, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Firm to seek “functional, aesthetic, sustainable and progressive" interior, finalists for green building award, Corbett Administration to grant $2.5 million for East Market, and a coworking space for women to open in October > more

US Housing Secretary Tours Mantua Promise Zone

US Housing Secretary Tours Mantua Promise Zone

September 8, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Julián Castro comes to town, first American Salvation Army facility being shopped around, fundrasing for a new Columbus Square Park, and mysterious signage pops up in vacant South Philly Blatstein lot > more

“West Philly Days” Gives A Glimpse Into Who We Were

September 8, 2014  |  Buzz

Photographer Stephen Perloff offers a slice of times gone by with "West Philly Days" > more

Beta Testing Venice Island

Beta Testing Venice Island

September 5, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Previewing the Venice Island Performing Arts Center and Schuylkill River Boardwalk, the legacy of Nutter and the Delaware, donation for Jewish center at Drexel, and travelogue of beneath Center City > more

Drexel Looking For Master Developer For Innovation Neighborhood

Drexel Looking For Master Developer For Innovation Neighborhood

September 4, 2014  |  Morning Blend

RFPs sent out for Drexel’s next big thing, Parks & Rec and the public priority, how to support Mantua and Powelton Village’s artists, NLNA goads developer to add office space, and bemoaning a “city of logos” > more

The Dalian & Real Estate Determinism

The Dalian & Real Estate Determinism

September 3, 2014  |  Morning Blend

What The Dalian on Fairmount says about the Philly market, Fringe Arts president happy to have a sedentary HQ, Market East to become Jefferson Station, and CDR critiques Temple-area proposal > more

Coworking Firm Announces Two New Philly Locations

Coworking Firm Announces Two New Philly Locations

September 2, 2014  |  Morning Blend

40K more square-feet of office space by year’s end, ZBA says no to another story for off-campus housing, Sixers going 3D, department store to reopen in the Northeast, and the demolition that nearly wasn’t > more

The Physical & Political Importance Of Goldtex

The Physical & Political Importance Of Goldtex

August 29, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Loft District conversion project finally complete, Manayunk parish to preserve historic church, Temple professor talks ’64 riot, major mixed-use for NoLibs, and previewing Greenfest Philly 2014 > more

Hot Or Not, Part II: A Drive-By Critique

Hot Or Not, Part II: A Drive-By Critique

September 17, 2014  |  Soapbox

New construction in Philadelphia is on fire right now. Perfect timing to feature another episode of "Hot or Not," courtesy of our indespensible drive-by architecture critic Jason Lempieri > more

Dilworth Park, On Balance

Dilworth Park, On Balance

September 16, 2014  |  Soapbox

The new Dilworth Park at City Hall has drawn a considerable amount of criticism since opening last week. Despite a few misgivings, Michael Bixler thinks that there may be a silver lining: inclusive, public appeal > more

An Antique Swimming Hole Under The El

An Antique Swimming Hole Under The El

September 15, 2014  |  The Shadow Knows

A public bath for five decades, this brick-arched beauty now houses a brush and broom manufacturer. The Shadow dives into the history of this sunken treasure under the El > more

Bidding Farewell To Queen Lane, Looking Ahead For PHA

Bidding Farewell To Queen Lane, Looking Ahead For PHA

September 12, 2014  |  News

With tomorrow morning's implosion of Queen Lane Apartments, the Philadelphia Housing Authority will have demolished 23 of the 36 residential high-rises they built in the 1950s and 60s. Ryan Briggs examines where Queen Lane falls in PHA's long term plan for fixing the largely failed experiment > more

A Peek Inside Cunningham Piano

A Peek Inside Cunningham Piano

September 11, 2014  |  Last Light

Yesterday we told you about Cunningham Piano, and Mural Arts' project to restore hand painted signs on the company's workshop. Today we bring you a look at what's behind the facade, courtesy of Joseph Elliott, the photographer for both Hidden City festivals > more

Fine Tuning At Cunningham Piano Company

Fine Tuning At Cunningham Piano Company

September 10, 2014  |  News

The Mural Arts Program is giving the vintage exterior signs of Cunningham Piano Company in Germantown a little polishing up. Maria Gorshin has the story on the project and some background on this world-renowned local pearl > more

Sunny Strobe Lights On The El With Yiayia

Sunny Strobe Lights On The El With Yiayia

September 9, 2014  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

Harry K. recalls the magical light show that the Market-Frankford Line provided him and his grandmother during their Sunday morning trips into the city in the early 1970s > more

Breathing Life Back Into Bromley

Breathing Life Back Into Bromley

September 5, 2014  |  News

Good news is afoot in Kensington. Construction is finally underway at Bromley Carpet Mill on Jasper Street. Michael Bixler has this story of perseverance and preservation > more

What Lies Beyond The Blue Horizon? The Fabled Venue's Future In Doubt

What Lies Beyond The Blue Horizon? The Fabled Venue’s Future In Doubt

September 2, 2014  |  Developing Challenges, News

The clock is ticking to save the Blue Horizon. Michael Buozis walks us through the details of how one of the greatest venues in boxing history ended up on a hotel developer's chopping block > more

Ruminating On Lost Columbia Avenue

Ruminating On Lost Columbia Avenue

August 29, 2014  |  Soapbox

In this third installment in our series, Ethan Wallace examines the long term effects the Columbia Avenue riot has had on this weary section of North Philadelphia. Dubbed an "extinction event", Wallace sifts through the ruins of the once vibrant neighborhood while considering the encroaching development of Temple University's campus and the social unrest happening in Ferguson, Missouri > more

'Scared Half To Death,' Reporter Says

‘Scared Half To Death,’ Reporter Says

August 28, 2014  |  Vantage

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Columbia Avenue riot. For the second installment of our series, we have a first person account by Philadelphia Evening Bulletin reporter William Naulty, who was sent in to cover the mayhem on the night of August 28, 1964 > more

Bridesburg, Riverfront Neighborhood Now With Riverfront Access

Bridesburg, Riverfront Neighborhood Now With Riverfront Access

August 28, 2014  |  News

With a land swap championed by Councilman Bobby Henon, Philadelphia gained a win-win scenario with the expansion of Dietz & Watson's facilities and a new riverfront park. Plan Philly's Jared Brey and Hidden City's Brad Maule explore the future park in Bridesburg—the riverfront neighborhood which will finally have access to the riverfront > more

When Columbia Avenue Erupted

When Columbia Avenue Erupted

August 27, 2014  |  Vantage

This Friday marks the 50th anniversary of the Columbia Avenue riot, an incident that would deeply impact North Philadelphia and the politics of the city for decades to come. "When Columbia Avenue Erupted" is the first installment of a four-part series that begins today > more

The Wheels of Steal: Scrap Metal Theft Is On The Rise, Again

The Wheels of Steal: Scrap Metal Theft Is On The Rise, Again

August 25, 2014  |  News

A new wave of scrap metal theft is sweeping the city, and it is no holds barred. From residential copper wiring to SEPTA rail plates, everything appears to be up for grabs. Max Marin sheds some light on the familiar trend > more

At Pier 68, New Ways To Connect To The

At Pier 68, New Ways To Connect To The “Working” River

August 22, 2014  |  News

With construction on the South Philadelphia pier park set to start this fall, Nathaniel Popkin talks to landscape architect Bryan Hanes and his design team about their inspiration > more