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At The Eleventh Hour, Seeking A New Accord At 40th & Pine

At The Eleventh Hour, Seeking A New Accord At 40th & Pine

May 14, 2015  |  Soapbox

Could a last-ditch effort at diplomacy between the University of Pennsylvania and the Woodland Terrace Homeowners Association save the John P. Levy House from demolition? Aaron Wunsch says it can and should be done, though it would take a touch more civic stewardship by the university and an even-keeled willingness to compromise by the neighborhood group > more

In Strawberry Mansion, Making The Case For Adaptive Reuse

In Strawberry Mansion, Making The Case For Adaptive Reuse

April 15, 2015  |  Soapbox

To Hidden City contributor Oscar Beisart, the 100-year old Metropolitan Garage in Strawberry Mansion is as unique as it it is oddly charming. Although demolition permits have already been issued, Beisert thinks that a bold reuse of the building just might be the kind of creative investment the neighborhood needs > more

Give Schuylkill River The Wetlands It Wants

Give Schuylkill River The Wetlands It Wants

March 20, 2015  |  Soapbox

What would the Schuylkill River say if you could ask it what it wants? Sean O'Rourke believes the river would say beautification of its banks and serious investment in a healthy, urban tidal river ecosystem > more

Does Historic Preservation Matter?

Does Historic Preservation Matter?

December 2, 2014  |  Soapbox

Where do mayoral candidates stand on preservation? Can City Council expand the Historical Commission's budget? Why isn't the system working? Hidden City wants to be your voice for preservation, but we need your help to do so > more

Hot Or Not, Part II: A Drive-By Critique

Hot Or Not, Part II: A Drive-By Critique

September 17, 2014  |  Soapbox

New construction in Philadelphia is on fire right now. Perfect timing to feature another episode of "Hot or Not," courtesy of our indespensible drive-by architecture critic Jason Lempieri > more