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In Strawberry Mansion, Making The Case For Adaptive Reuse

In Strawberry Mansion, Making The Case For Adaptive Reuse

April 15, 2015  |  Soapbox

The 100-year old Metropolitan Garage in Strawberry Mansion is as unique as it it is oddly charming. Located right across the street form the entrance of East Fairmount Park, with a great view of the city skyline to boot, Hidden City contributor Oscar Beisart thinks that a bold reuse of the building just might be the kind of creative investment the neighborhood needs. Though, demolition permits are already in place and another opportunity to keep our historic, industrial fabric intact may soon be lost > 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

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