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Ryan Briggs

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.

Goldtex Protests At An End?

Goldtex Protests At An End?

September 7, 2012  |  Buzz

Union protesters have been pulled from the site, with discussions ongoing about the mix of workers and compensation at Goldtex and Post Brothers' next project at the Atlantic Building on South Broad > more

Proposed New Gas Meters Are Efficient, But A Design Problem For Buildings Old And New

Proposed New Gas Meters Are Efficient, But A Design Problem For Buildings Old And New

July 23, 2012  |  News

Citizens and preservationists are concerned about plans to install new energy-efficient gas meters, especially on the facades of historic properties. Ryan Briggs argues that Philadelphia should learn from conflicts over gas meters in Lancaster and Baltimore. > more

Last Mass at St. Francis in Germantown

Last Mass at St. Francis in Germantown

June 26, 2012  |  News

Days after Monsignor William Lynn is found guilty of child endangerment, Philadelphia Catholics face another trial: the final Mass at a beloved parish. St. Francis of Assisi in Germantown is one of several churches closed by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Ryan Briggs has the story. > more

Goldtex Project Calls City-Wide Union Dominance In Construction Into Question

Goldtex Project Calls City-Wide Union Dominance In Construction Into Question

June 6, 2012  |  News

Ryan Briggs reveals what's at stake in the showdown between unions and Post Brothers, the developer who says all-union projects can't be built without public subsidy. The rub: Philadelphia has "Manhattan building costs with Baltimore rents" > more

On 40th Street, A Collision Of Interests

On 40th Street, A Collision Of Interests

May 11, 2012  |  Vantage

This afternoon the Philadelphia Historical Commission will vote on the University of Pennsylvania's request to demolish a protected building in West Philadelphia. In Part Two of our report on flaws in Philadelphia's system of historic preservation, we look at this complicated case, which shows how preservation goals can be trumped by the bottom line and powerful neighborhood groups > more