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Nathaniel Popkin

Hidden City co-editor Nathaniel Popkin’s latest book is the novel Lion and Leopard (The Head and The Hand Press). He is also the author of Song of the City (Four Walls Eight Windows/Basic Books) and The Possible City (Camino Books). He is senior writer and script editor of the Emmy-winning documentary series “Philadelphia: The Great Experiment” and the fiction review editor of Cleaver Magazine. Popkin's literary criticism appears in the Wall Street Journal, Public Books, The Kenyon Review, and The Millions. He is writer-in-residence of the Athenaeum of Philadelphia.

FDR Left Out Of DNC Day One, But Here He Is, Franklin Field, 1936

FDR Left Out Of DNC Day One, But Here He Is, Franklin Field, 1936

July 26, 2016  |  Vantage

Left out of DNC Day One, FDR--and his liberal coalition--was the crucible of the present day Democratic Party and a sea change in Philadelphia politics. He accepted the 1936 Democratic Party nomination at Franklin Field; here is his speech in full > more

In This Month Of Jane Jacobs, A Look At The

In This Month Of Jane Jacobs, A Look At The “Philadelphia School” That Inspired & Frustrated Her

May 11, 2016  |  Vantage

A new exhibit on Philadelphia designers has Nathaniel Popkin thinking about the deep and sometimes frayed connections between them and Jane Jacobs, whose centennial is celebrated with two new books > more

John Gallery Discusses The Latest Edition Of

John Gallery Discusses The Latest Edition Of “Philadelphia Architecture”

April 13, 2016  |  Vantage

The longtime leader in community development and preservation talks about the latest edition of his Philadelphia architectural guide with Hidden City co-editor Nathaniel Popkin > more

Almost 150 Years Later, A Small Miracle At City Hall

Almost 150 Years Later, A Small Miracle At City Hall

December 3, 2015  |  Vantage

Dirty chain link fencing be gone. City Hall's four portals are finally fitted with the caliber of gates John McArthur, Jr. originally intended for his French Second Empire masterpiece. Co-editor Nathaniel Popkin says the elegant gesture is long overdue > more

$30,000 Guarantees Another Year Of The Hidden City Daily

$30,000 Guarantees Another Year Of The Hidden City Daily

November 23, 2015  |  News

We launch our Fall Campaign with a clear goal: to keep publishing the Daily in 2016. It will take 400-500 donors. Are you in? > more