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.
In Part One of a two-part report on the broken system of historic preservation in Philadelphia, Ryan Briggs reveals a city historical commission that's so underfunded it's incapable of enabling the city to profit by its unsurpassed architectural heritage--let alone protect its buildings of significance and stature > more
Artist Mat Tomezsko's experience with Michael Lichtenstein, owner of Buck Hosiery, is more insight into the dubious and careless business practices that led to Monday's fire > more
Ryan Briggs has more on the owners of Buck Hosiery and speaks to neighborhood leaders, renovators, and residents, who fear another fire. Time to rethink the way we protect these kinds of buildings--they are assets for our future > more
Under the El in Kensington, the owners of the former Thomas Buck Hosiery, one of the last great mills, fail to protect their property--or pay their taxes > more