Morning Blend

At The Navy Yard, A Spectacular Speculative Office

At The Navy Yard, A Spectacular Speculative Office

June 24, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Danish architect Bjarke Ingels takes Saffron through 1200 Intrepid Avenue, state donkeys coming to Philadelphia for convention month, SEPTA cameras a money saver, and public pools start opening > more

Latest Conceptual Design For St Rita's Parcel Well Received

Latest Conceptual Design For St Rita’s Parcel Well Received

June 23, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Renderings presented of proposed senior housing at St. Rita’s of Cascia, using murals to fill the Spring Arts District donut hole, and an end of delays to Cianfrani Park's renovation > more

City Readies Holmesburg For Convention Protestors

City Readies Holmesburg For Convention Protestors

June 22, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Holmesburg Prison ready for convention protestors, sanctioned urban exploration in Brewerytown, DRPA to decide on 9/11 memorial, and Trolley Tunnel Blitz comes early this year > more

Sprucing Up Center City For Hillary & Co.

Sprucing Up Center City For Hillary & Co.

June 21, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Getting ready for the DNC, a new proposal for One Water Street, newish CDC hopes to empower Southwest Philly, a look at Philly’s latest batch of recommendations for historic designation, and apartment building coming to 42nd & Chestnut > more

A Mental Health

A Mental Health “Moat” On Pine Street

June 20, 2016  |  Morning Blend

An audio tour of Pennsylvania Hospital, prepping Wells Fargo for the DNC, and a photo tour of PHMC’s Centre Square office > more

30th Street Station Envisioned As Centerpiece Of Second Downtown

30th Street Station Envisioned As Centerpiece Of Second Downtown

June 17, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Officials announce plans for area surrounding 30th Street Station, Museum of the American Revolution opening 10 months away, Philadelphia Zoo gets new app, and The Oval to get musical this summer > more

On Pine Street, The Crossroads Of Preservation And Sustainability

On Pine Street, The Crossroads Of Preservation And Sustainability

June 15, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Architect couple “pushes boundaries” at Historical Commission hearing, 41 million visitors came to Philly region last year, and GHo school to get outdoor STEM classroom > more

Construction Starts Today On Drexel's $16M Korman Center Expansion

Construction Starts Today On Drexel’s $16M Korman Center Expansion

June 14, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Drexel to start on Korman Center expansion, measuring Philly’s WalkUPs, and city’s reputation for inclusiveness attracts conference > more

Main Street Modernism In Oxford Circle

Main Street Modernism In Oxford Circle

June 13, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Appreciating a camera-shaped camera shop, protecting Fishtown’s PECO station, Inky board backs economic diversity, and Philly’s most photogenic locales on Instagram > more

Art Commission OKs Maplewood Mall, Waits On Holocaust Memorial

Art Commission OKs Maplewood Mall, Waits On Holocaust Memorial

June 10, 2016  |  Morning Blend

The imperative of consensus in plaza redesigns, Temple to break ground on health facility, and Kenney talks recreational space at K&T trail ground breaking > more

Community College Looks To Attract International Students With Housing  Accommodations

Community College Looks To Attract International Students With Housing Accommodations

June 9, 2016  |  Morning Blend

CCP to build residential towers, protected bike lane for Mayfair, performance art in a Northeast Philly dump, and PPA 8th Street garage now less awful > more

Mantua Residents Push For Rezoning

Mantua Residents Push For Rezoning

June 8, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Mantua groups anxious for rezoning legislation, ground broken for Cambria Hotel on South Broad, Queen Street Tunnel to get wheat pasted, and industrial chic at Morris Arboretum > more

Philadelphia’s Legacy Of Planning Exclusively

Philadelphia’s Legacy Of Planning Exclusively

June 7, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Woodward Celebration pays tribute to exclusive urban planning, L&I holds PMC Property Group accountable, and Northwest zoning code alteration in question > more

With Exhibition, Isaiah Zagar Writes

With Exhibition, Isaiah Zagar Writes “Visual Love Letter” To Wife

June 6, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Visual tribute to wife of magic gardener, Independence Visitor Center to get $15 million in upgrades, Project HOME approved for Willard Elementary reuse, and a new mural beneath the El in Fishtown > more

PMC Backtracks On Affordable Housing Stipulation

PMC Backtracks On Affordable Housing Stipulation

June 3, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Impressive bait and switch on the waterfront, month-long exhibit honors past life of Bok Technical, a look at the most expensive residential sale in Philly history, and sheriff’s office fees likely to see hike > more

Land Bank Sends Out First RFP

Land Bank Sends Out First RFP

June 2, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Land Bank approaches raison d’être, celebrating a quarter center of First Fridays in Old City, MLK Drive trail rebuild project gets more money, and fundraiser aims to maintain East Passyunk community space > more

Back To The Basics At Schmidt's

Back To The Basics At Schmidt’s

June 1, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Piazza gets a new name, Archdiocese readies for sale of historic African American church, and a look at didactic deconstruction > more

Reawakening The Colorful And Ornate Horn & Hardart

Reawakening The Colorful And Ornate Horn & Hardart

May 31, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Inga Saffron considers another Center City gem, historic protection sought for possible 19th century burial ground, the past and future of the Woodmere, and reaffirming the spatial context of war memorials > more

Blumenfeld To Add To Abbotts Square

Blumenfeld To Add To Abbotts Square

May 27, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Society Hill mixed-use set for expansion, Mt Sinai as demolition and construction site, Hershey’s signs on for Pennovation Center, and mapping Philly regional commuter patterns > more

Planning Commission Signs Off On New Penn Medical Facility

Planning Commission Signs Off On New Penn Medical Facility

May 26, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Penn Tower replacement approved by planning commission, two West Philly community gardens safe from sheriff’s sale for now, South Philly school to get $100K for playground improvements, anti-gentrification graffiti in West Philly, and Habitat for Humanity begins work on 21 homes near Temple > more

PhillyU Students Rethink East Falls Station

PhillyU Students Rethink East Falls Station

May 25, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Imagining a rebuilt SEPTA station, recalling the fire of 1897, Pennsport residents want dog parks, five more homes for South Kensington, and operator selected for Parks on Tap summer series > more

Reading The Economic Tea Leaves As The Delaware Deepens

Reading The Economic Tea Leaves As The Delaware Deepens

May 23, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Some caveats for the port boosters, Shurs Lane factory unveiled as rental units, and Philly to slip in population ranking > more

Excavating The American Revolution

Excavating The American Revolution

May 19, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Sifting through colonial privies, Planning Commission okays Sharswood PHA HQ plans, $30 million in upgrades coming to PHL, talking the history of Chinatown, and breaking the rules of historic house museum presentation > more

Some Love For Washington Square's Mid-Century

Some Love For Washington Square’s Mid-Century “Cheese Grater”

May 17, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Lauding a modernist classic in Washington Square, UArts students plan for a green future, the rebirth of Front & Master, and 25K flock to Franklin Square’s light festival > more

Tacony Storefront To Become Hub Of Literary Respite And Artistic Collaboration

Tacony Storefront To Become Hub Of Literary Respite And Artistic Collaboration

May 16, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Tacony Library and Arts Building almost ready, African art on display at the PMA, Philly recovers previous high in home values, and former Please Touch Museum location to be demolished > more

The Unlikely Urbanism Of John Fry

The Unlikely Urbanism Of John Fry

May 13, 2016  |  Morning Blend

A look back at the Drexel president’s redevelopment project at Franklin & Marshall, Council members talk councilmanic prerogative, and Clarke floats $100 million for home repair loans > more

On Parkway, $4.5 Million Plaza To Showcase Holocaust Memorial Statue

On Parkway, $4.5 Million Plaza To Showcase Holocaust Memorial Statue

May 12, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Monument to be re-contextualized, apartment complex proposed in Cedar Park, Feibush wins federal suit against Johnson, and ground broken on Drexel apartment project > more

Stock Exchange To Move To University City

Stock Exchange To Move To University City

May 11, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Nation’s oldest stock exchange to move into FMC Tower, Penn statute to get a late-summer bath, new plans for North Broad reuse, and City outlines DNC security grant spending plan > more

Combined Health, Literacy, And Rec Center Opens On South Broad

Combined Health, Literacy, And Rec Center Opens On South Broad

May 10, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Innovative synthesis of public-private services unveiled in South Philly, Inky urges Indego forward, medium-term concerns for the Reading Viaduct, Kensington school planning ADA-accessible playground, and Adams Avenue bridge closed for repairs > more

As Sediment Builds, Rowing Less Safe In The Schuylkill

As Sediment Builds, Rowing Less Safe In The Schuylkill

May 9, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Dredging sought for Schuylkill River, Boathouse Row through the decades, Feibush-Johnson civil trial begins, and 17 new homes coming to South Kensington > more

Councilman Seeks One-Year Moratorium On Controversial Blatstein Proposal

Councilman Seeks One-Year Moratorium On Controversial Blatstein Proposal

May 5, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Johnson moves against universally derided design for Broad & Washington, two separate protests take to City Hall in as many days, and Roxborough gets a new pocket park > more

Kenney Talks Tech

Kenney Talks Tech

May 4, 2016  |  Morning Blend

What the City is doing to retain and expand N3rd Street, reviewing the CDR’s docket from yesterday, Mayfair residents concerned about sinkholes, and latest Project HOME facility opens on Arch Street > more

PMA Enters The Tablet Age

PMA Enters The Tablet Age

May 3, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Touring the PMA with its new tablet app, grant money to illuminate Manayunk Bridge Trail, HUD to dole out $43 million to combat homelessness around Philly, and a new rendering shows off the top of Temple’s next library > more

The Circuit To Make Big Connections In 2016

The Circuit To Make Big Connections In 2016

May 2, 2016  |  Morning Blend

A look at the latest extensions to The Circuit, a walk-and-talk through Mt Airy, Boathouse Row to get LED lighting replaced, Divine Lorraine apartments now pre-leasing, and Penn Treaty Tower parcel up for sale > more

Why Even The Temporary Privatization of Public Space Is Too Much

Why Even The Temporary Privatization of Public Space Is Too Much

April 29, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Preserving public space from the call of privatism, remembering the racial tensions of 1918, Independence National Historic Park sees increase in visitors and revenues, Land Bank moves its first parcels, and Councilman getting serious about Open Streets > more

More Time Needed For Zoning Board Consideration Of Blatstein’s Broad & Washington Proposal

More Time Needed For Zoning Board Consideration Of Blatstein’s Broad & Washington Proposal

April 28, 2016  |  Morning Blend

ZBA asks for two weeks to digest project’s “excessive information,” why the 30th Street Station rail yards might be (almost) completely capped after all, Mantua residents to consider rezoning and gentrification issues, and a call for selective painted bike lanes > more

Valet Parking Lot Imagined As Interim Use On Market

Valet Parking Lot Imagined As Interim Use On Market

April 26, 2016  |  Morning Blend

More surface parking coming to Market Street, a look at the winning designs of the Play Space Competition, and baseball mural coming to MLB’s Urban Youth Academy > more

State And City Plan Ahead In Historic Preservation Efforts During Natural Disaster

State And City Plan Ahead In Historic Preservation Efforts During Natural Disaster

April 25, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Historic structures to be attended to in case of natural disaster, filming at Holmesburg prison, and Parks and Rec forgoes upkeep of Northwest golf course > more

Indego Starts Its Second Year

Indego Starts Its Second Year

April 22, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Indego to expand, more renderings of Broad & Washington’s eventual transformation, and the underselling of Philly’s real estate values > more

Touring The Divine Lorraine

Touring The Divine Lorraine

April 21, 2016  |  Morning Blend

A tour of the renovations inside the Divine Lorraine, bank building in Roxoborugh deemed historic, 900 trees being planted this weekend, RiverLink Ferry trades hands, and Temple breaks ground on new library > more

Mapping Land Value For 2017

Mapping Land Value For 2017

April 20, 2016  |  Morning Blend

A visualization of OPA’s land-based assessments, Planning Commission not keen on Clarke’s Brewerytown rezoning proposal, and Strawberry Mansion High community garden receives improvements > more

CDC To Celebrate Half Century Of Protecting And Enriching Chinatown

CDC To Celebrate Half Century Of Protecting And Enriching Chinatown

April 19, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Chinatown CDC turns 50, fire protection measure advances in Council, locally based restaurant chain supporting Philly’s creative scene, Ryan Howard’s name likely to grace new Urban Youth Academy, and the misguided development of Washington Ave > more

Programming A Dump

Programming A Dump

April 18, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Artists bring programming to a Holmesburg recycling center, home improvement assistance for Mantua residents, SEPTA begins work on concourses south of City Hall, and scenes from inside The Gallery in transition > more

Hwæt! Beowulf & Grendel Coming To Mount Moriah

Hwæt! Beowulf & Grendel Coming To Mount Moriah

April 15, 2016  |  Morning Blend

First programming venture for Southwest Philly cemetery, Saffron’s predictions on Blatstein’s Broad & Washington tower, Spruce Hill residents not too keen on proposed replacement to burned-out building, panel to discuss poverty in North Philly, and Center City playground gets renovation funding > more

Woods Square Proposed For Frankford & Lehigh Avenues

Woods Square Proposed For Frankford & Lehigh Avenues

April 14, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Another mixed-use announced for East Kensington, Lincoln Square a hit at SOSNA meeting, Tiffany “Dream Garden” still safe, and Squilla will not relent on music venue license measure > more

The Good Planning & Bad Politics Of Parking Standards

The Good Planning & Bad Politics Of Parking Standards

April 13, 2016  |  Morning Blend

City Council still weary of reduced parking standards, endangered community garden safe for now, another Wawa for Center City, and looking back at a transformed 17th & Carpenter > more

DAG Digs Into Blatstein Proposals

DAG Digs Into Blatstein Proposals

April 12, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Design professionals urge Tower Investments to reconsider its two current proposals, St. Augustine paintings added to historic register, and another big build for Project HOME > more

Cars Losing Their Clout On South Street West

Cars Losing Their Clout On South Street West

April 11, 2016  |  Morning Blend

How South Street West became a pedestrian’s haven, Smith Playground to get an adult jungle gym, planning begins on a safer Roosevelt Boulevard, work begins on pocket park on Ridge Avenue, and weekend security patrols augmented at Temple > more

Another Year of Growth At The Port Of Philadelphia

Another Year of Growth At The Port Of Philadelphia

April 8, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Port dealing with still more cargo, Point Breeze to start pilot street cleaning program, Henon introduces spot zoning bill for billboard, convention necessitates wireless upgrades, and 40th Street trolley portal receives approval > more

At 22nd & Market, Ground Broken On Memorial Park

At 22nd & Market, Ground Broken On Memorial Park

April 7, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Remembering the victims of the Salvation Army building collapse, the Broad Street Line as lifeline, study reveals healthcare disparity amongst Philly zips, and Indy Hall to move into bigger space, the Broad Street Line as lifeline > more

PMA Takes Collection Outdoors Again This Summer

PMA Takes Collection Outdoors Again This Summer

April 6, 2016  |  Morning Blend

PMA bringing its collection back to the streets, Microsoft to extend marketing arm to University City, gallery exhibit in North Philly tells new narratives, and mural next to Julian Abele Park no more > more

Saving Room For Arts & Culture

Saving Room For Arts & Culture

April 5, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Why Philly needs a culture plan, Chelten-Greene Plaza renovations coming next year, mining SEPTA’s capital budget for fiscal 2017, another 15 miles of trail in store for The Circuit, and a look at a Catholic pilgrimage site Germantown > more

A Pipeline For Economic Growth & Environmental Regression

A Pipeline For Economic Growth & Environmental Regression

April 4, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Advocates for Philly energy hub sketch action plan, Old City District Envisions 2026, and the end of the line for much of the Blue Horizon > more

Eschewing Responsibility At Lancaster Mews

Eschewing Responsibility At Lancaster Mews

April 1, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Powelton Village block in danger of facadectomy, the race to save Mount Moriah’s historic gatehouse, Henon tired of losing food plants to New Jersey, John Heinz gets substantial budget increase, and Marian Anderson Rec Center renovations nearing completion > more

Penn’s Skirkanich Hall, A “Masterpiece of Materiality”

Penn’s Skirkanich Hall, A “Masterpiece of Materiality”

March 31, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Appreciating Penn’s Skirkanich Hall, Walnut Lane Bridge to close until September, and talking taverns at the Philadelphia History Museum > more

Remaking South Kensington

Remaking South Kensington

March 30, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Blackstone proposing mixed-use at 2nd & Girard, north of Girard as “Philadelphia's poster boy for revitalization,” a look at what’s to come at Mt. Sinai site, and sketching Philly on napkins > more

Bartram's Garden Farmhouse To Reopen Friday

Bartram’s Garden Farmhouse To Reopen Friday

March 29, 2016  |  Morning Blend

John Bartram’s farmhouse ready for reopening after renovations, Temple hires architects for stadium design, Garden Square renderings released, and infill mansions for South 3rd Street > more

Protected Bike Lane Network Gets A Helping Hand

Protected Bike Lane Network Gets A Helping Hand

March 28, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Federal grant money to support Transportation Alternative Program initiatives, an Art Safari to Callowhill and Chinatown, Kensington pats itself on the back with new mural, street art installed in NoLibs, and more street vendors for Democratic Convention > more

Philly Population Growth Remains Sluggish, New Report Shows

Philly Population Growth Remains Sluggish, New Report Shows

March 24, 2016  |  Morning Blend

DC metro area now more populous than Delaware Valley, comparing both Broad & Washington projects, group walks around Philly border, and more time this year at Spruce Street Park > more

Aramark Looking To Move Down Market Street

Aramark Looking To Move Down Market Street

March 23, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Food management firm’s lease to expire in 2018, South Kensington community garden fighting for its life, Bernie Sanders mural in Graduate Hospital to stay, and the best spots for skyline pics > more

New Exhibit Chronicles Philly’s Conventions

New Exhibit Chronicles Philly’s Conventions

March 22, 2016  |  Morning Blend

The Union League presents “Sweep the Nation,” the cartography of Philly photography, and 17 homes coming to Front & Race > more

Looking Ahead With John Grady At PIDC

Looking Ahead With John Grady At PIDC

March 21, 2016  |  Morning Blend

PIDC head on future of urban planning, Sharswood church pastor on displacement and change, playground design competition winners announced, historic Fairmount warehouses nearly redeveloped, and HUD to help with Philly’s growing homelessness problem > more

Historic South Broad Street Bank To Be

Historic South Broad Street Bank To Be “Preserved” As A Wendy’s

March 18, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Wendy’s to fill historic bank building, repositioning expectations of innovation districts, Old City demolition goes awry, bill aims to ensure that commercial mixed-use is commercial, and gentrification protection measure approved > more

A Humanist Walks East Market

A Humanist Walks East Market

March 17, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Jan Gehl critiques Market Street, mixed-use planned at Berks El station, rezoning recommended on North Broad, of historic preservation and 1st Amendment rights, and Please Touch Museum settles debts > more

A Better Way To Incentivize Development

A Better Way To Incentivize Development

March 16, 2016  |  Morning Blend

How a state bill could incentivize transit-oriented development projects, students protest proposed Temple stadium, remembering Lawrence S. Williams, exploring abandoned subway tunnels, and a dragon to take flight on Market Street tonight > more

Embracing The Quirky Confines Of Trinity Homes

Embracing The Quirky Confines Of Trinity Homes

March 15, 2016  |  Morning Blend

A look inside Philly’s answer to the tiny home phenomenon, more residential planned for Broad & Washington, 43.3% of Philadelphians live in “distressed” areas, more student housing for Powelton Village, do-it-yourself block cleaning, and repair work begins on vandalized Andorra school grounds > more

Playing With Place Making

Playing With Place Making

March 11, 2016  |  Morning Blend

A design competition for public play spaces, praise for Chestnut Hill’s first new commercial development in 20 years, the continued neglect of an architecturally wonderful Center City alley, and Philly as green stormwater runoff standard bearer > more

East Park Discovery Center Receives Conceptual Approval

East Park Discovery Center Receives Conceptual Approval

March 10, 2016  |  Morning Blend

East Park Reservoir Discovery Center design moves ahead, full Council to consider expanding LOOP tax breaks, rendering review for hotel coming to Broad & Locust, and development mentoring program remaking Germantown > more

Remembering The Civil War Philadelphia

Remembering The Civil War Philadelphia

March 9, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Talking Philly’s Civil War years, women underrepresented in Philly memorial art, and Vietnam Memorial vandalized > more

Comcast Growing Faster Than Its Second Skyscraper

Comcast Growing Faster Than Its Second Skyscraper

March 8, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Cable giant leases space in Two Logan Square, looking back at Philly’s female architects, prefab apartments dropped into place, the Schuylkill Center in need of sundries, and affordable housing project breaks ground in North Philadelphia > more

Planners To Preserve Wissahickon Neighborhood's Character With Rezoning

Planners To Preserve Wissahickon Neighborhood’s Character With Rezoning

March 7, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Wissahickon neighborhood being rezoned, more civility sought for civic meetings, Germantown church to reimagine itself to stay relevant to next generation, on one North Philadelphian’s effort to organize and inspire his community, an adult literacy center opens on East Market > more

PHA Aims To Discourage Displacement In Massive Sharswood Rebuild

PHA Aims To Discourage Displacement In Massive Sharswood Rebuild

March 4, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Anticipating urban renewal in North Philly, touring work-in-progress 1919 Market, Sports & Leisure at Eastern State, giddiness over development on North Front Street, and critiquing SEPTA’s preferred route for King of Prussia spur > more

Reviving The Swampoodle Brand

Reviving The Swampoodle Brand

March 3, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Inside one North Philadelphia community’s placemaking project, City officials still getting used to growth, and imagining the Philadelphia of 2076 > more

Final Curtain Call At 8th & South

Final Curtain Call At 8th & South

March 2, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Society Hill Playhouse nears its end, Blatstein’s Provençal village concept goes in front of Civic Design Review Committee, Drexel goes with Brandywine for Innovation Neighborhood, and North Philly school opens parent resource center > more

Hypersegregating Philadelphia

Hypersegregating Philadelphia

March 1, 2016  |  Morning Blend

On the eve of streamlined racism, Please Touch Museum to leave bankruptcy, and PennDOT expedites projects on Adams Avenue > more

Artist Leroy Johnson Preserves Heart Of West Philly

Artist Leroy Johnson Preserves Heart Of West Philly

February 29, 2016  |  Morning Blend

An exhibit chronicles the West Philadelphia beneath the El, big boxes coming to deindustrialized Fairhill, and parking garage coming to Washington Avenue > more

The Bartram's Mile(stone)

The Bartram’s Mile(stone)

February 26, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Saffron at Bartram’s Mile, PMA receives large gift of 20th century art, and Forbes promotes Philly in preparation for DNC > more

Archdiocese Plans Affordable Senior Housing On South Broad

Archdiocese Plans Affordable Senior Housing On South Broad

February 25, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Catholic Health Services to build affordable senior housing on South Broad, nuisance clothing donation bins being removed, the next decade of changes for the Schuylkill, Butkovitz says City not too ambitious with selling of tax liens, and Frankford CDC to conduct market study > more

Philly's Recreational Centers Are Wrecked

Philly’s Recreational Centers Are Wrecked

February 24, 2016  |  Morning Blend

A call for reinvesting in our recreation centers, ground broken on North Broad development, International Pop on display at the PMA, and safety netting up on South Philly bridge > more

The Meridian Fire, 25 Years On

The Meridian Fire, 25 Years On

February 23, 2016  |  Morning Blend

25 years after One Meridian, urban renewal in Sharswood, Lea schoolyard improvements, and repurposed Furness church to get another tenant, > more

LOVE And The Purpose Of Public Art

LOVE And The Purpose Of Public Art

February 22, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Artist urges us back to the basics of public art, still waiting for Dilworth Park’s Pulse, honoring the unpretentious Philly dive bar, Alan Greenberger looks back and ahead, and a new mural installation in Fishtown > more

When Trump Didn’t Get His Philly Casino

When Trump Didn’t Get His Philly Casino

February 19, 2016  |  Morning Blend

A look at the mogul’s failed casino bid, on the “broverflow” from Fishtown’s transformation, Kenney’s vision for year one of vision zero, and Newbold civics to merge > more

Tower Proposal Underscores A Shifting Commercial District

Tower Proposal Underscores A Shifting Commercial District

February 18, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Developers continue the march to the Schuylkill, Penn’s staggering economic impact, how the Comcast Center got its crosswalk, and PHL to get a luxury lounge for frequent fliers > more

African American Museum Exhibits Unsung Cuban Arts Movement

African American Museum Exhibits Unsung Cuban Arts Movement

February 17, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Afro-Caribbean art exhibit on display, Democratic party to chip in on CHOP garden, a cautionary tale for Center City real estate, and Clarke’s Francisville affordable housing proposal delayed by Planning Commission > more

Home Of Crime Boss Nominated For Landmark Status

Home Of Crime Boss Nominated For Landmark Status

February 16, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Angelo Bruno house nominated for local historic designation, preserving the Penn Museum’s artifacts, another segment for the Schuylkill River Trail secured, and 7 decades after ENIAC > more

Archdiocese Reaches Agreement Of Sale For Historic Fishtown Church

Archdiocese Reaches Agreement Of Sale For Historic Fishtown Church

February 12, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Apartments coming to St. Laurentius, to previewing the NCC’s latest exhibit, watch group to patrol Schuylkill River Trail, a Navy Yard jobs update, and exploring an abandoned warehouse in the Northeast > more

Parks & Rec To Activate Spaces With Mobile Bar & Garden Program

Parks & Rec To Activate Spaces With Mobile Bar & Garden Program

February 11, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Parks & Rec to get in the beer garden game, Mt. Airy residents to miss Lovett Memorial Library during renovations, Tacony-Disston nominated to National Historic Register, and the School District finds temporary space for Science Leadership Academy in Drexel building > more

Fabric Row Clothed In Light

Fabric Row Clothed In Light

February 10, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Fabric Row gets new street lighting, affordable housing set for Point Breeze, North Philly museum provides setting for short film, and Dranoff gets an assist from Squilla > more

Water Taxiing To The Navy Yard?

Water Taxiing To The Navy Yard?

February 9, 2016  |  Morning Blend

A plan for water taxing to the Navy Yard, The Gallery redevelopment delayed once more, PennDOT to reconfigure Franklin Institute’s Winter Street, SEPTA looking to increase El capacity, and more scenes of Philly in the snow > more

In South Philly, Rethinking Urban Agricultural

In South Philly, Rethinking Urban Agricultural

February 8, 2016  |  Morning Blend

“Farm to folk” in South Philadelphia, Philly’s newest poetess, celebrate the Year of the Monkey at Reading Terminal, West Philly High redevelopment moving along, and the last month of the Fabric Workshop and Museum’s latest exhibit > more

Report: Philly Lead Exposure Greater Than Flint

Report: Philly Lead Exposure Greater Than Flint

February 5, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Contextualizing the Philly lead exposure numbers, L&I moves to make demolition permit process more efficient, building a stealth tower by-right, and 20 units for starving artists coming to West Philadelphia > more

After Trade, Bourse Business Model To Tempt Techies

After Trade, Bourse Business Model To Tempt Techies

February 4, 2016  |  Morning Blend

New owners to position Bourse building as tech start-up magnet, the PR game that Temple needs to play for its stadium, Mt. Airy USA’s Philadelphia Immigrant Innovation Hub to launch tonight, and a post-storm sneckdown breakdown > more

CDR Blasts

CDR Blasts “Amateurish” Design For Callowhill Mixed-Use

February 3, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Civic Design Review committee dismisses Callowhill mixed-use proposal, work on The Beacon begins at 16th & Walnut, Richard Allen memorialized on USPS stamp, and NextFab’s open studio sessions winding down > more

Restoring The Hale Building — Patina And All

Restoring The Hale Building — Patina And All

February 2, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Hale Building update, Bethel Burying Ground added to National Register of Historic Places, and Spring Garden warehouse to receive addition > more

Mutually Assured Destruction At Reading Terminal Market

Mutually Assured Destruction At Reading Terminal Market

February 1, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Philly in the Cold War, previewing the economic impact of Philly’s innovative stormwater management plan, and the old Nabisco factory traded > more

Previewing Another Rebirth For The Black Bottom

Previewing Another Rebirth For The Black Bottom

January 29, 2016  |  Morning Blend

West Philly superblock to be broken up, state grant to develop and improve nine local recreation projects, DNC Committee and Kenney provide economic update, and Butkovitz enjoins agencies to consider drone usage > more

Toll Brothers Scale Back Plans For Society Hill Playhouse Replacement

Toll Brothers Scale Back Plans For Society Hill Playhouse Replacement

January 28, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Toll Brothers changes plans for Society Hill Playhouse replacement, Squilla’s music venue scheme elicits backlash, half a million dollars to help returning citizens and spruce up vacant lots, and connecting South Philly neighborhoods through practical playgrounds > more

Central Business District Is Headed West, Says Real Estate Analyst

Central Business District Is Headed West, Says Real Estate Analyst

January 27, 2016  |  Morning Blend

UCity as the office district of the next generation, grant to redefine “civic engagement” in Germantown, architect talks Temple library design inspiration and challenges, and some residents still await for the plowing of their streets > more

Snøhetta Releases Renderings Of New Temple Library

Snøhetta Releases Renderings Of New Temple Library

January 26, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Snøhetta releases plans for Temple’s state-of-the-art library, Blatstein eyes mixed-use complex for Foxwoods parcel, Historic Fair Hill burial ground to expand programming, and how one civic is cracking down on illegal trash dumping > more

Last Wild Winter On The Viaduct

Last Wild Winter On The Viaduct

January 25, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Neighbors ready for Viaduct Rail Park, Temple to introduce cultural exchange program with Chinese university, Philly meets Winter Storm Jonas, and Mormons announce Temple dedication date > more