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Nicolas Esposito

Urban Farmers Look To Land Bank For Help Holding On To Property

Urban Farmers Look To Land Bank For Help Holding On To Property

January 30, 2015  |  Developing Challenges, Vantage

With the Land Bank finally open for business, urban gardeners and farmers hope for legal protection against the City's "Revoke Clause." Hidden City contributor and Kensington farmer Nic Esposito digs deep into the issue > more

Bless Our Beer Gardens, Past and Present

Bless Our Beer Gardens, Past and Present

October 20, 2014  |  Behind the Facade

Drinking al fresco reached new heights this summer as brilliantly designed beer gardens popped up all over the city. This isn't anything new though, says Nic Esposito. Philadelphia has been publicly drunk since 1671 > more

It Started With Bananas

It Started With Bananas

May 20, 2014  |  Behind the Facade

Over a century since its founding on Dock Street, this legacy Philadelphia fruit importer is still expanding. Nic Esposito goes behind the facade for the story of banana king M. Levin and Company > more

Behind My Façade

Behind My Façade

February 11, 2014  |  Behind the Facade

At home in Kensington, Nic Esposito had put off addressing the water leak that was discoloring his wall. But when he finally did, he went literally behind the façade, and in the process became intimate with his home's history. His column charts a course through the City Archives that any homeowner can use to navigate their own home's story > more

Resurveying The Deindustrialization

Resurveying The Deindustrialization

December 2, 2013  |  Behind the Facade

As the push and pull of the ongoing land bank legislation trudges along, vacant mega-lots like those in Kensington have jumped to the top of the news cycle. But they've long inspired artists to dig beneath the grime to find their story. Nicolas Esposito talks with one such artist, Maria Möller, as her Hexamer Redux project uses the old Hexamer maps to resurvey Kensington's post-industrial spaces > more