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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

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