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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

Dilworth Park, On Balance

Dilworth Park, On Balance

September 16, 2014  |  Soapbox

The new Dilworth Park at City Hall has drawn a considerable amount of criticism since opening last week. Despite a few misgivings, Michael Bixler thinks that there may be a silver lining: inclusive, public appeal > more

Ruminating On Lost Columbia Avenue

Ruminating On Lost Columbia Avenue

August 29, 2014  |  Soapbox

In this third installment in our series, Ethan Wallace examines the long term effects the Columbia Avenue riot has had on this weary section of North Philadelphia. Dubbed an "extinction event", Wallace sifts through the ruins of the once vibrant neighborhood while considering the encroaching development of Temple University's campus and the social unrest happening in Ferguson, Missouri > more

Incident On Wissahickon White Trail, Or, An Open Letter To Dog People

Incident On Wissahickon White Trail, Or, An Open Letter To Dog People

April 10, 2014  |  Soapbox

While hiking alone yesterday in the Wissahickon, Brad Maule encountered two dogs running off-leash, and they didn't respond well to his trash grabbing apparatus > more

Boyd Ruling:

Boyd Ruling: “Clear Appearance of Bias”

March 28, 2014  |  Soapbox

The Historical Commission's hearing that led to its ruling March 14 to condemn the Boyd Theater were deeply flawed. Architect Katherine Dowdell wants the Commission to account for ignoring key findings, procedural problems, irrelevant evidence, and the "clear appearance of bias" > more