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New Directive From Archdiocese Is A Call To Arms Against Preservation

New Directive From Archdiocese Is A Call To Arms Against Preservation

January 13, 2016  |  Soapbox

Last week the Archdiocese of Philadelphia issued an order to pastors and religious officials baring all involvement in placing churches on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places. Patrick Hildebrandt, founder of the Philadelphia Church Project, says the rigid edict wages war on historic Catholic church survival and preservation > more

More Losses On The Preservation Front & One Thing That Really Must Be Saved

More Losses On The Preservation Front & One Thing That Really Must Be Saved

December 17, 2015  |  Soapbox

The eleventh hour of our annual fundraising campaign is here and we are only two-thirds towards meeting our goal. Historic preservationist Aaron Wunsch calls Hidden City an indispensable, cultural resource covering Philadelphia's shifting built environment and explains why you should make a contribution today > more

Distorted Perceptions Demolished The Levy-Leas Mansion

Distorted Perceptions Demolished The Levy-Leas Mansion

September 11, 2015  |  Soapbox

The historic Levy Leas Mansion at 40th and Pine has now been reduced to a pile of debris. Hidden agendas and selective thinking is to blame says architectural historian and preservation professor Aaron Wunsch. Here is his final word on the 160-year-old West Philadelphia home > more

Reactivate The City Branch With A Campus Green

Reactivate The City Branch With A Campus Green

July 24, 2015  |  Soapbox

Phase 1 of reimagining the Reading Viaduct into a rail park is finally beginning to materialize while plans for the City Branch "cut" of the abandoned line remain at a firm standstill. Jeffery Markovitz thinks now is the time to invest in the 2nd phase of the project with a below grade campus green for the Community College of Philadelphia > more

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