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Nicolas Esposito

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

Southern Memories

Southern Memories

September 9, 2013  |  Behind the Facade

Like all Philadelphia public schools that open today for the 2013-14 school year, South Philadelphia High School is understaffed and short of resources. Things weren't always this way at Southern, as Nic Esposito reveals in this recollection by two alumnae from the 1940s: his grandmother and aunt > more

Face To Face With L&I—UPDATED

Face To Face With L&I—UPDATED

April 24, 2013  |  Behind the Facade

Nicolas Esposito takes a ride to meet the L&I inspector with contractor Kenny Grono of Buckminster Green. In search of efficiency, Grono has to live with confusion and uncertainty > more

Ghosts Of German Olney

Ghosts Of German Olney

March 14, 2013  |  Behind the Facade

Nic Esposito walks Olney with native son Mike Toklish and discovers a neighborhood that lives on in memory and matter. With pencil drawings by Ben Leech > more