Mike Szilagyi was born in the Logan neighborhood of Philadelphia, and raised in both Logan and what was the far edge of suburbia near Valley Forge. He found himself deeply intrigued by both the built landscape and by the natural “lay of the land.” Where things really get interesting is the fluid, intricate, multi-layered interface between the two.
Historic? Yes, this one is. SEPTA's Shawmont Station, closed since 1996, is the oldest railway station in the U.S. It marked the birth of the single industry that would transform the city. Mike Szilagyi reports on its significance and ongoing attempts to save it > more
New York's Grand Central Terminal has marked its 100th birthday with a yearlong celebration. Here in Philadelphia, Mike Szilagyi writes, a lesser known but no less important transit facility, West Philly's Callowhill Depot, also celebrates its first century > more
The Schuylkill River Trail is back in business between Shawmont and Montgomery County. Mike Szilagyi tells us how it got here—and where it's going > more
SEPTA's recent sustainability award and it's advertising claims belie a bias against clean electric trolleys and electric trolleybuses, says writer Mike Szilagyi. Even hybrid diesel buses, he says, are hardly green > more
Ever wondered why some buildings are turned at odd angles? > more