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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

Tourist Photos From 1981 Reveal The Heart Of

Tourist Photos From 1981 Reveal The Heart Of “Old Philadelphia”

May 6, 2016  |  Last Light

A found collection of tourist photos from the summer of 1981 captures the character of the city > more

Reaction To 19th Street Baptist Demo Scare Points Up Changing Sensitivity At L&I

Reaction To 19th Street Baptist Demo Scare Points Up Changing Sensitivity At L&I

April 28, 2016  |  News

A demolition notice mistakenly placed on the doors of 19th Street Baptist Church in Point Breeze sent the preservation and planning community in hot pursuit of answers this week. Michael Bixler reports > more

Historic Estate And Underground Railroad Station Under Threat In Plymouth Meeting

Historic Estate And Underground Railroad Station Under Threat In Plymouth Meeting

April 20, 2016  |  News

At Butler and Germantown Pikes, plans for a dense suburban subdivision threaten to dissolve the Corson Estate, a 10 acre parcel rich in abolitionist history and an important stop on the Underground Railroad. Michael Bixler reports > more

Fishtown Church Conversion Summons Spiritualist Past

Fishtown Church Conversion Summons Spiritualist Past

March 31, 2016  |  News

Philadelphia's only purpose-built Spiritualist church trades séances for office space at Frankford and Thompson. Michael Bixler reports. > more

Photographer Captures The Evolution Of Ruins With <em>4 Years/40 Walls</em>

Photographer Captures The Evolution Of Ruins With 4 Years/40 Walls

March 17, 2016  |  Vantage

At the abandoned Spring Garden School No.1, vacant classrooms shape shift into kinetic, visual organisms. Photographer and longtime urban explorer John Bendel records the process with his series 4 Years/40 Walls > more