Ryan Briggs is a journalist who lives in West Philadelphia. A veteran of several economic development agencies in Philadelphia, Ryan has contributed to the Philadelphia City Paper, Next City and other fine, local publications. Follow him on Twitter at @rw_briggs.
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
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
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
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
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