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Ryan Briggs

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

Taking Back Taney: All-Star Little Leaguers Make Good A Sullied Name

Taking Back Taney: All-Star Little Leaguers Make Good A Sullied Name

August 20, 2014  |  Vantage

Taney Dragon fever is boiling red hot and we couldn't be prouder. Ryan Briggs looks into the name behind the team behind the street behind the gang behind the man > more

Promise Of School Funds Trumps Design Questions In Electric Factory Billboard Case

Promise Of School Funds Trumps Design Questions In Electric Factory Billboard Case

December 12, 2012  |  News

In his sixth attempt to legalize a billboard on the building that houses the Electric Factory concert venue, property owner Myron Berman is likely to succeed thanks to a community benefits agreement that will spin off some of the billboard's proceeds to three schools and several civic associations. Is this real politiking good for the public or a terrible way to make policy? > more

In Germantown, Leadership Paralysis Endures

In Germantown, Leadership Paralysis Endures

November 16, 2012  |  News

With city officials holding back community development funds, organizers of the fledgling CDC Germantown United try to sustain momentum generated in the 2011 fight against a low-end shopping center. Reauthorization of a neighborhood special service district may be the catalyst, reports Ryan Briggs > more

With Retirement of John Gallery, Preservation In Philadelphia At A Crossroads

With Retirement of John Gallery, Preservation In Philadelphia At A Crossroads

October 5, 2012  |  News

The Preservation Aliiance seeks a new director upon the retirement of the influential Gallery, for almost 40 years one of the city's most important voices on planning and urban development. Ryan Briggs has the full story, including a review of Gallery's career and a look at possible replacements > more