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Michael Bixler

Michael Bixler is a writer, photographer, and managing editor of Hidden City Daily. He is a former arts and entertainment reporter with Mountain Xpress weekly in Asheville, North Carolina and a native of South Carolina. Bixler has a keen interest in adaptive reuse, underappreciated architecture, contemporary literature and art, and forward-thinking dialogue about people and place. mmbixler.tumblr.com

Redevelopment Plans For The Royal Theater Go Under Review

Redevelopment Plans For The Royal Theater Go Under Review

June 19, 2015  |  News

Plans to replace the Royal Theater with a 5 story luxury apartment complex and retail space will go before Historical Commission's Architectural Committee next week. Universal Companies and Dranoff Properties has proposed partial demolition of the historic, African American venue, preserving only the building's facade > more

Pearl Properties Goes Back Before The Historical Commission With Boyd Revisions

Pearl Properties Goes Back Before The Historical Commission With Boyd Revisions

June 11, 2015  |  Buzz

Pearl Properties goes before the Historical Commission tomorrow with new plans for the 1900 block of Chestnut Street. The developer's first pass with project designs that replace all but the Boyd Theater's façade and lobby was unanimously rejected by the Architectural Committee in May. > more

Committee Recommends St. Laurentius For Historic Designation

Committee Recommends St. Laurentius For Historic Designation

June 9, 2015  |  News

The fight to save St. Laurentius Roman Catholic Church took a positive turn today. The Historical Commission's Committee on Historic Designation recommended that the landmark sanctuary be considered for placement on the Philadelphia Register. The nomination goes before the full Historical Commission on July 10 > more

New Pedestrian Entrance At Laurel Hill Cemetery To Grant Access From Schuylkill River Trail

New Pedestrian Entrance At Laurel Hill Cemetery To Grant Access From Schuylkill River Trail

June 1, 2015  |  News

A new entrance to Laurel Hill Cemetery is in the works that will transform how pedestrians and cyclists access the historic burial garden from the Schuylkill River Trail. The gateway adds another green attraction to the city's growing web of interconnected public spaces > more

Beyond The Blue Bin: On The Floor Of Citywide Curbside Recycling

Beyond The Blue Bin: On The Floor Of Citywide Curbside Recycling

May 20, 2015  |  Vantage

Ever wonder what happens to those plastic bottles and cardboard boxes after they leave your blue bin? Hidden City's Michael Bixler ventures deep into Philadelphia's curbside recycling machine in Grays Ferry > more