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Bridesburg, Riverfront Neighborhood Now With Riverfront Access

Bridesburg, Riverfront Neighborhood Now With Riverfront Access

August 28, 2014  |  News

With a land swap championed by Councilman Bobby Henon, Philadelphia gained a win-win scenario with the expansion of Dietz & Watson's facilities and a new riverfront park. Plan Philly's Jared Brey and Hidden City's Brad Maule explore the future park in Bridesburg—the riverfront neighborhood which will finally have access to the riverfront > more

The Wheels of Steal: Scrap Metal Theft Is On The Rise, Again.

The Wheels of Steal: Scrap Metal Theft Is On The Rise, Again.

August 25, 2014  |  News

A new wave of scrap metal theft is sweeping the city, and it is no holds barred. From residential copper wiring to SEPTA rail plates, everything appears to be up for grabs. Max Marin sheds some light on the familiar trend. > more

At Pier 68, New Ways To Connect To The

At Pier 68, New Ways To Connect To The “Working” River

August 22, 2014  |  News

With construction on the South Philadelphia pier park set to start this fall, Nathaniel Popkin talks to landscape architect Bryan Hanes and his design team about their inspiration > more

In Parkside, Habitat For Humanity Takes On New Challenge: Preservation

In Parkside, Habitat For Humanity Takes On New Challenge: Preservation

July 30, 2014  |  News

Neighbors and volunteers confront challenges as they attempt to restore their Philadelphia historic register houses. Some preservationists argue that this kind of project, in a low income neighborhood, requires a new approach. Michael Buozis files this report from West Philadelphia > more

Starting The Second Life Of A Manayunk Icon

Starting The Second Life Of A Manayunk Icon

July 16, 2014  |  News

Work officially began this week on the trail that will reconnect Lower Merion and Manayunk across the Schuylkill River by foot and by bike. Brad Maule looks back—and forward—at the nearly 100-year-old Manayunk Bridge > more

Summer Break

Summer Break

June 30, 2014  |  News

The Hidden City Daily team is taking a short summer vacation. We'll be back next Monday, July 7th. Have a great Fourth of July. > more

Jewish Iconography Destroyed In Bella Vista Synagogue's Residential Conversion

Jewish Iconography Destroyed In Bella Vista Synagogue’s Residential Conversion

June 30, 2014  |  News

The Fetfatzes family, owners of Bella Vista Beverage and the Bainbridge Street Barrel House, take pride in converting the former B'nai Reuben Synagogue—most recently the Antiquarian's Delight—into apartments, "because of the history and culture it affords." Now, in addition to the demolition of the congregation's ceiling murals, they've removed just a little more of that history and culture, with the filing off of Jewish iconography on the building's façade today > more

The New Life Of The Old Family Court (And Its Murals)

The New Life Of The Old Family Court (And Its Murals)

June 25, 2014  |  News

When the Family Court relocates to its new building on LOVE Park later this year, it will vacate the French-inspired structure on Logan Square it's called home for over 70 years. Max Ufberg digs in to see what will become of the New Deal-era murals, as well as a looming sculpture of a prominent judge, when the building is reborn as a luxury hotel > more

End Of The Road For Atonement (UPDATED)

End Of The Road For Atonement (UPDATED)

June 10, 2014  |  News

The 114-year-old Church of the Atonement at 47th & Kingsessing in West/Southwest Philadelphia appears to be on its death bed, as still-unconfirmed signs of demolition close in on the Furness & Evans church > more

Neighbors Fight For Zoning Code Vision In Bella Vista

Neighbors Fight For Zoning Code Vision In Bella Vista

June 3, 2014  |  News

As curb cuts mount in the traditionally mixed-use district, neighbors fight back. The developer is unfazed, reports Max Ufberg > more

A Matter of Modern Recreation Vs Historic Trees At Penn Treaty Park

A Matter of Modern Recreation Vs Historic Trees At Penn Treaty Park

May 19, 2014  |  News

As the plan to freshen up and modernize Penn Treaty Park have evolved, so has a playground included in it. But as Marlon MacAllister reports, the new playground would now spell the removal of 120-year-old sycamores—trees that were planted at the park's dedication in 1893 > more

Growing Tower, Growing Skyline

Growing Tower, Growing Skyline

May 14, 2014  |  News

With fireworks and a vintage air pump, Brandywine Realty Trust and an all-star cast today broke ground on FMC Tower at 30th & Walnut. Brad Maule profiles the latest addition to the Philly skyline > more

Accident Galvanizes City To Address Unused Trolley Tracks

Accident Galvanizes City To Address Unused Trolley Tracks

May 13, 2014  |  News

The Route 23 trolley hasn't been in service for more than two decades, yet its tracks still pose a hazard to bicyclists. Now there's a plan to pave over the tracks at some Center City intersections, much to the dismay of some trolley advocates, who have long hoped the #23 would make a comeback > more

From Copper Scrappers To Table Scrapping at Frankford & Lehigh

From Copper Scrappers To Table Scrapping at Frankford & Lehigh

May 6, 2014  |  News

On Sunday, one theoretical grocery store took a major step toward becoming a reality. Erin Bernard has the story of the Kensington Community Food Co-op's forthcoming brick-and-mortar store > more

Developer A No-Show In His Fight To Demolish Historic Roxborough Home

Developer A No-Show In His Fight To Demolish Historic Roxborough Home

May 2, 2014  |  News

A developer wants to demolish a 19th Century home in Roxborough and replace it with 6-8 new homes. Last night, he was to meet with the neighbors who are opposed to the demolition of yet another historic neighborhood house, but he didn't show > more

Wissahickon East Officially Welcomed Into Fairmount Park

Wissahickon East Officially Welcomed Into Fairmount Park

April 30, 2014  |  News

Philadelphia's Fairmount Park system grew by six acres on Saturday with the dedication of the Wissahickon East parcel in East Mt. Airy. Elected officials and park commissioners cut a ribbon to make it official, and volunteers staged a three-hour cleanup to get the park off on the good foot > more

Plotting The Future Of Manayunk's Cathedral

Plotting The Future Of Manayunk’s Cathedral

April 29, 2014  |  News

A report prepared by a pair of local architecture & engineering firms puts a price tag on the future of the 120-year-old St. John the Baptist—"Manayunk's Cathedral." A meeting at the church this evening opens the discussion on how the parish will get there. Christopher Mote reports > more

In Lansdowne, Bringing A Moorish Movie Palace Back to Life

In Lansdowne, Bringing A Moorish Movie Palace Back to Life

April 25, 2014  |  News

The loss of the Boyd was a tremendous blow to fans of the Art Deco gem, but there is another theater just outside the city waging its own campaign to reopen: the Lansdowne. Abandoned America's Matthew Christopher has an update > more

In Search Of A Cure For City Blue [Updated, 5:20PM]

In Search Of A Cure For City Blue [Updated, 5:20PM]

April 23, 2014  |  News

After a piece of it crashed onto the sidewalk, the defining feature that earned 1106 Chestnut Street a place on the city's Register of Historic Places has been entirely removed. Max Ufberg weighs the conflicts facing City Blue, L&I, and the Historical Commission—and the options to resolve them > more

A Golden Glow For <em>The Inquirer's</em> Saffron

A Golden Glow For The Inquirer’s Saffron

April 15, 2014  |  News

Yesterday, the Pulitzer Prize board announced its 2014 winners. After 15 years with a watchful eye on Philadelphia's built environment, the Inquirer's Inga Saffron won journalism's highest award for criticism > more

The Revolution, Stuck With Stern

The Revolution, Stuck With Stern

April 3, 2014  |  News

Taliban of Architecture be damned! The Philadelphia Art Commission has unanimously approved Robert A.M. Stern's "updated" design for the Museum of the American Revolution, paving the way for construction of its lackluster design > more

No Loss Of Dignity At Tindley Temple

No Loss Of Dignity At Tindley Temple

March 24, 2014  |  News

The AIA has awarded its Landmark Building of the Year for 2014 to Tindley Temple, the historic African American church on the Avenue of the Arts. The award is for more than architecture. It comes just as church officials are exploring strategies to survive > more

Dual Five-Story Projects Signify Brewerytown's Evolution

Dual Five-Story Projects Signify Brewerytown’s Evolution

March 21, 2014  |  News

In Brewerytown, two new five-story projects across Girard Avenue from each other aim to 'make a statement.' Brad Maule previews the Braverman Building and Girard27 > more

Fate In Balance, Historical Commission To Hear Boyd Theater Case Friday

Fate In Balance, Historical Commission To Hear Boyd Theater Case Friday

March 13, 2014  |  News

Preservation advocates had hoped an anonymous donor's offer to purchase the historic Boyd Theater would save its stunning Art Deco auditorium. But iPic Theaters has continued to fight for its plan to install eight movie screens and an Italian restaurant in the building > more

St. Bonaventure condemned, but who will salvage its soul?

St. Bonaventure condemned, but who will salvage its soul?

March 13, 2014  |  News

In a show of bipartisan journalism, Plan Philly and Hidden City team up to find out how—or if—things are salvaged in a city-ordered demolition. Jared Brey reports and Brad Maule photographs at St. Bonaventure in North Philadelphia > more

The Complicated Growth Of CHOP

The Complicated Growth Of CHOP

March 4, 2014  |  Developing Challenges, News

What happens when a growing healthcare institution meets with a growing residential neighborhood at a crucial location for the entire city? The answer, Theresa Everline finds, is quite complicated, in this detailed look at CHOP's expansion on the east side of the South Street Bridge > more

On American Street, A Growing Manufacturer Holds On

On American Street, A Growing Manufacturer Holds On

February 28, 2014  |  Developing Challenges, News

In the center of the debate over the future of American Street is a 20 year deli meat company, Emil's Gourmet. Will the company be swallowed up by coming residential development, or will the street, to the dismay of some residents, remain industrial? Aaron Kase has the story, in this third part of our series on the future of South Kensington > more

Future Of American Street Hinges On Soko Lofts Parcel, Now For Sale

Future Of American Street Hinges On Soko Lofts Parcel, Now For Sale

February 27, 2014  |  Developing Challenges, News

How did Soko Lofts grow from 160 units to 320 to possibly 600? And what will happen to the parcel now that the developer has put it for sale? Aaron Kase looks for answers to these questions in this second part of our series on the future of South Kensington > more

Weighing Directions As South Kensington Evolves

Weighing Directions As South Kensington Evolves

February 26, 2014  |  Developing Challenges, News

In this first of a three part series on the future of South Kensington, reporter Aaron Kase finds a neighborhood perched on the edge > more

Landmark Lits To Grow 30 Stories Taller

Landmark Lits To Grow 30 Stories Taller

February 19, 2014  |  News

The historic Lit Brothers block on Market Street never shies away from controversy. In 1985, Mellon Bank signed a major lease, saving it from demolition at the 11th hour. A year and a half ago, electric signage was approved, then fought, for its roofline. Now, the owner, Mellon Independence Realty, wants to add a 30-story tower to the Filbert Street side of the complex. Brad Maule reports > more

ICE STORM 2014: <em>Beautiful But Deadly</em>

ICE STORM 2014: Beautiful But Deadly

February 6, 2014  |  News

As though the wet, heavy snow wasn't enough, Mother Nature polished it off with a nice, icy sheen. The 1-2 punch proved a bit too much for many in Penn's Woods, and falling trees took out power, homes, and cars. Brad Maule surveys the damage in West Mount Airy > more

Philadelphia Zoo Balloon, Grounded For Good

Philadelphia Zoo Balloon, Grounded For Good

February 5, 2014  |  News

The latest victim in the long winter of our discontent is the Philadelphia Zoo Balloon, whose final year of service was preempted by the heavy, wet snow yesterday. Brad Maule looks back on its twelve years on the skyline > more

Hollywood Ending For Boyd Looks Unlikely As Case Goes Before Hardship Committee Tomorrow

Hollywood Ending For Boyd Looks Unlikely As Case Goes Before Hardship Committee Tomorrow

January 27, 2014  |  News

Christopher Mote reports on arguments for and against granting the prospective developer of the Boyd the right to demolish the movie palace's historic art deco auditorium. The case will be reviewed Tuesday by the hardship committee of the Philadelphia Historical Commission > more

Historic West Philadelphia Jewish Community Center, Conquered By Demolition

Historic West Philadelphia Jewish Community Center, Conquered By Demolition

January 23, 2014  |  News

While Philadelphia has seen its share of Christian churches meet the wrecking ball in recent years, the demolition of sacred buildings doesn't favor one religion over another. Currently on Cobbs Creek Parkway, the 87-year-old West Philadelphia Jewish Community Center is coming down > more

Talking CITC, Process, With Liberty Property's John Gattuso

Talking CITC, Process, With Liberty Property’s John Gattuso

January 17, 2014  |  News

This week's announcement of the Comcast Innovation & Technology Center promises a major, major change to Philadelphia's skyline. Hidden City Daily co-editor (and Philly Skyline founder) Brad Maule sat down with Liberty Property Trust's John Gattuso this week to talk process, technology, and teamwork > more

At Last, Foster's Comcast Design Revealed

At Last, Foster’s Comcast Design Revealed

January 15, 2014  |  News

The day after a federal appeals court overturned Net Neutrality, giving the upper hand to content control to service providers like Comcast, Comcast announced through its NBC 10 affiliate the coming of the Comcast Technology and Innovation Center, the next phase of the Comcast Center complex > more

A New Year, A New Demolition In Pennsport

A New Year, A New Demolition In Pennsport

January 7, 2014  |  News

The threads that form South Philly's ever evolving fabric of old and new currently converge at 240 Greenwich Street in Pennsport. Chris Mote reports that the old, the former Greenwich Street Church (more recently the Khmer Palelai Buddhist Temple), is being demolished to make way for the new, two single-family homes > more

Dranoff's Broad Street Skyscraper: It's Official Now

Dranoff’s Broad Street Skyscraper: It’s Official Now

December 17, 2013  |  News

Philadelphia, meet SLS International. With a press conference today at the Kimmel Center, developer Carl Dranoff—and a cast that included architect Gene Kohn, hotelier Sam Nazarian, Councilman Mark Squilla, and Mayor Michael Nutter—officially announced the 47-story hotel-condo tower planned for Broad & Spruce Streets > more

Finding Sanctuary In A Converted Church

Finding Sanctuary In A Converted Church

December 12, 2013  |  News

In a neighborhood where too many historic churches have met the wrecking ball and been replaced by uninspired and expensive homes, the former St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church (later Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church) will live on. Christopher Mote reports on the rebranded Sanctuary Lofts, under conversion now > more

Weighing Futures In The Central Northeast

Weighing Futures In The Central Northeast

December 5, 2013  |  News

Reversing car dependency, creating pedestrian scale on Cottman Avenue, increasing density and mixed-uses, and preserving Midcentury Modern commercial architecture are key features of the plan as it head toward its final form. Sandy Smith reports > more

Expansion At The Woodmere, Take 2

Expansion At The Woodmere, Take 2

November 26, 2013  |  News

The Woodmere Art Museum's recharged its batteries and looks again to expansion. Only this time, Brad Maule reports, the museum and its neighbors seem to be on the same page as Chestnut Hill native Matthew Baird comes on board as architect > more

Fall Hidden City Campaign Hits Goal!

Fall Hidden City Campaign Hits Goal!

November 22, 2013  |  News

More than $10,000 raised in ten days thanks to you, dear reader > more

Philadelphia Int'l Records Out, 40-Story Hotel-Condo In At Broad & Spruce

Philadelphia Int’l Records Out, 40-Story Hotel-Condo In At Broad & Spruce

November 20, 2013  |  News

After a series of South Broad Street developments which have drawn mixed reviews—Symphony House, 777 South Broad, SouthStar Lofts—Dranoff Properties is raising its game by bringing a pedigree architect and a hot hotelier to Broad & Spruce. But for it to happen, Brad Maule reports, a major piece of Philly music history must first be cleared > more

Long In Limbo, Renovation Now Likely At Lincoln Building

Long In Limbo, Renovation Now Likely At Lincoln Building

November 15, 2013  |  News

After years of legal wrangling following a 2006 fire, renovation is finally beginning on the Wash West landmark. Christopher Mote unravels the story of law suits, fraud claims, and rulings by a special rabbinical court > more

Stayin' Alive! Hidden City's Fall Campaign Is Underway

Stayin’ Alive! Hidden City’s Fall Campaign Is Underway

November 14, 2013  |  News

Ten days to raise $10,000--support us now with a Hidden City membership > more

Charting What's Next At The Royal Theater—Again

Charting What’s Next At The Royal Theater—Again

November 12, 2013  |  News

With an Act 135 petition to give conservatorship to developer Ori Feibush looming and a state grant gone, Universal Companies' drive to redevelop the Royal Theater has a renewed urgency. Bradley Maule talks with project adviser Carl Dranoff and others about the challenges ahead, after a Monday night public meeting > more

Demolition Imminent At North Philadelphia Landmark St. Bonaventure (Updated)

Demolition Imminent At North Philadelphia Landmark St. Bonaventure (Updated)

November 6, 2013  |  News

With site prep already underway, the demolition of St. Bonaventure Roman Catholic Church is about to begin. Christopher Mote reports that L&I has deemed the entire structure, not just the steeple, a threat to the neighborhood and it must come down > more

Historically Designated Brownstones To Be Demolished, Replaced By Apartment Tower

Historically Designated Brownstones To Be Demolished, Replaced By Apartment Tower

October 30, 2013  |  News

The green light's been given to the demolition of two brownstones on the city's Historic Register at 38th & Chestnut. Chris Mote reports that the homes, once the parish house to the adjacent Episcopal Cathedral, will be replaced by a 25-story apartment tower whose profits will go toward a complete restoration of the church and provide new facilities for the Diocese > more

Viking Mill In Kensington Shut By L&I; Artists, Makers Out (<em>Second Update</em>)

Viking Mill In Kensington Shut By L&I; Artists, Makers Out (Second Update)

October 21, 2013  |  News

An October 15 inspection turned up numerous violations at the bustling former mill in East Kensington. The need for cheap rent and raw space meets the city's heightened regulatory push in light of the fire at Buck Hosiery and the building collapse in Center City that killed six > more

Theater Of The Undead

Theater Of The Undead

October 21, 2013  |  News

With the official reopening of the Roxy Theater scheduled for November 15, Philadelphia Film Festival-goers got a glimpse this weekend of the work-in-progress. Contributor Daniel Shurley examines the project--and what it means for the future of cinema in Center City > more

Premiering Penn's Landing's Next Generation

Premiering Penn’s Landing’s Next Generation

October 15, 2013  |  News

With a public meeting tonight, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation and Hargreaves Associates will reveal the first designs for the future of Penn's Landing, including the completion of the I-95 cap between Walnut and Chestnut, planned development of the open spaces, and a new pedestrian bridge at South Street over Columbus Boulevard. > more

Assumption Arguments Tomorrow In Commonwealth Court

Assumption Arguments Tomorrow In Commonwealth Court

October 9, 2013  |  News

The Callowhill Neighborhood Association's efforts to preserve the circa-1848 Church of the Assumption have staved off demolition—so far. Tomorrow, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania will hear CNA's arguments appealing the demolition okayed by the Philadelphia Historical Commission and upheld by the Court of Common Pleas. Chris Mote reports > more

The Met's Next Revival?

The Met’s Next Revival?

October 4, 2013  |  News

Developer Eric Blumenfeld quietly purchased the Metropolitan Opera House in February, and work began on part of the auditorium in late summer > more

Movie Complex Proposed For Boyd Theater Would Restore Facade, Demolish Auditorium

Movie Complex Proposed For Boyd Theater Would Restore Facade, Demolish Auditorium

October 3, 2013  |  News

iPic, a Florida-based operator of luxury theater and restaurant complexes, is seeking a hardship ruling from the Historical Commission that would allow the company to tear down the Boyd's beloved Art Deco auditorium > more

New Park At Pier 68 Bookend Of $5 Million New Waterfront Investment

New Park At Pier 68 Bookend Of $5 Million New Waterfront Investment

October 3, 2013  |  News

New trail investment to be spurred by a William Penn Foundation grant will mean an unimpeded walk (or ride) from Walmart to Penn Treaty Park. More funding is needed, as Steve Currall reports > more

SEPTA's Rehabbed Bus Loop At 33rd & Dauphin: Ahead Of Schedule, Under Budget, Ready For Action

SEPTA’s Rehabbed Bus Loop At 33rd & Dauphin: Ahead Of Schedule, Under Budget, Ready For Action

September 26, 2013  |  News

SEPTA's rehabilitation of the 33rd & Dauphin bus loop in Strawberry Mansion was officially dedicated yesterday, ahead of schedule and under budget. Chris Mote has the story > more

Expanding Services By Merging Old And New At Roxborough's Northern Services

Expanding Services By Merging Old And New At Roxborough’s Northern Services

September 23, 2013  |  News

Renovation on the centerpiece of a Roxborough institution is underway and will result in the doubling of space provided for homeless and transitioning teenage mothers. Jessie Fox checks in on the progress at Merrick Hall on the campus of Northern Children's Services > more

In South Philadelphia, A Baptist Rebirth As The Snyder House

In South Philadelphia, A Baptist Rebirth As The Snyder House

September 17, 2013  |  News

When the Baptist Institute opened just off of Broad and Snyder in the 1920s, it followed the Jane Addams example to improve the lives of the working and immigrant classes. When it reopens this fall as the renovated Snyder House, Christopher Mote finds, it will continue that legacy of social justice by providing transitional living for veterans > more

A Foster For Philadelphia

A Foster For Philadelphia

September 10, 2013  |  News

The details of what Liberty Property Trust have planned for Comcast are buried under rumors, but one thing is for certain: London's Foster + Partners will bring its name to the Philly skyline > more

Coming: Review Of Proposals For Development Of Kensington Banks

Coming: Review Of Proposals For Development Of Kensington Banks

September 6, 2013  |  News

It's down to two development firms to win the right to develop the site of the banks. But can at least some part of the historic buildings be saved? Christopher Mote has details > more

In Old City, The Loss Of A Contemporary Icon, Gain Of Ancient Buildings

In Old City, The Loss Of A Contemporary Icon, Gain Of Ancient Buildings

August 30, 2013  |  News

Love it or hate it, and love or hate new buildings that mimic the old, a proposal for redevelopment and restoration of the Shirt Corner buildings at Third and Market will spell the end of the 1970s graphic painted sign. Christoper Mote reports > more

Time Running Out At St. Bonaventure

Time Running Out At St. Bonaventure

August 23, 2013  |  News

L&I issues a demolition notice to the long threatened but monumental church in Fairhill. Is a positive resolution possible? Christopher Mote investigates > more

Benjamin Franklin Museum Opens This Weekend, Free Of Its Old Quirks

Benjamin Franklin Museum Opens This Weekend, Free Of Its Old Quirks

August 21, 2013  |  News

The brand new Benjamin Franklin Museum opens on Saturday. Bicentennial baby Brad Maule finds the charm of its predecessor missing from the sleek new museum > more

L&I To Owner Of Latest (Partially) Collapsed Building: Demolish Or Forfeit

L&I To Owner Of Latest (Partially) Collapsed Building: Demolish Or Forfeit

August 21, 2013  |  News

The owner of the building which partially collapsed on Girard Avenue over the weekend owes the city over $60,000 in back taxes on the property and those on either side of it. Christopher Mote checks in with L&I to see what happens next > more

With Morgan Hall, Temple Ushers In New Era

With Morgan Hall, Temple Ushers In New Era

August 15, 2013  |  News

The mixed-use student residential complex opening Monday marks a turning point for Temple's campus and the future of North Broad Street. Nathaniel Popkin takes us through Morgan Hall, with photos by Brad Maule > more

HEY YOU: Save This Firehouse—Quickly

HEY YOU: Save This Firehouse—Quickly

July 31, 2013  |  News

Speak now or forever hold your peace. That's the takeaway following the closed-door meeting with Councilman Mark Squilla, Pennsport Civic Association, and Cedar-Riverview LP, the owners of historic—but not historically protected—Engine 46 firehouse. Brad Maule finds hope out of the meeting, but it has a very small window > more

Key Housing & Community Development Projects Threatened By Proposed House Budget (UPDATED)

Key Housing & Community Development Projects Threatened By Proposed House Budget (UPDATED)

July 31, 2013  |  News

Housing and community development advocates see block grants as key to neighborhood development, but funding would be cut substantially under the budget being considered by the House of Representatives. As the House votes today or tomorrow, the development of Lancaster Avenue and other projects hangs in the balance. Christopher Mote reports > more

Two Kensington Historic Banks, Back On The Table

Two Kensington Historic Banks, Back On The Table

July 24, 2013  |  News

Back in the hands of the Norris Square Civic Association, the monumental banks are the subject of a request for development proposals that privilege commercial use, sustainability, and preservation. Hidden City staff writer Christopher Mote reports on that and on a ruling this week against the hardship claim that was used to justify residential development of the site--and demolition > more

Bartram's Mile High

Bartram’s Mile High

July 24, 2013  |  News

As the Bartram's Mile segment of the growing and trail along the Schuylkill Banks inches closer to reality, neighbors and park users are invited to provide their feedback at meetings tonight and next Monday. Brad Maule has the latest on Southwest Philly's next major green space > more

G-Ho High Five

G-Ho High Five

July 17, 2013  |  News

Though G-Ho has exploded with development over the past ten years, much of it has been lackluster in design. With a five-story proposal on the corner of 23rd, South, and Grays Ferry, developer Jason Nusbaum and architects Plumbob bring the neighborhood a splash of flash > more

Maplewood Mall Makeover, Coming Soon To Germantown

Maplewood Mall Makeover, Coming Soon To Germantown

June 26, 2013  |  News

Half a block from Germantown & Chelten Avenues—the heart of Germantown—an urban renewal era pedestrian oriented mall hopes for a rebirth. Devon McReynolds takes a look at the City's plans for Maplewood Mall > more

For The Fringe, A Building That Will Itself Perform

For The Fringe, A Building That Will Itself Perform

June 18, 2013  |  News

The architects of FringeArts' new performance venue have a imagined an active, flexible building alive to the waterfront setting. Nathaniel Popkin has a look at the transformation of the High Pressure Fire Service station on the Delaware waterfront > more

14 Buildings Added to City Historic Register

14 Buildings Added to City Historic Register

June 14, 2013  |  News

The Philadelphia Historical Commission today voted to add 14 of the 15 nominations to its Register of Historic Places. Chris Mote was on hand to file this report > more

In Germantown, Conflict Over House's Historic Designation

In Germantown, Conflict Over House’s Historic Designation

June 13, 2013  |  News

Among the 15 buildings nominated to the Historic Register and to be voted on Friday by the Historical Commission, three are designs by 19th century architect George T. Pearson. But the owner of one of them opposes the designation, exposing some of the fault lines in the process. Christopher Mote reports > more

“Act Of God” Causes Collapse Of Garden Walls At Bella Vista Construction Site

June 11, 2013  |  News

An obvious "accident" waiting to happen spooks Bella Vista at a controversial development site > more

Possible Doubling Of Transitional Housing Rattles Hawthorne Residents

Possible Doubling Of Transitional Housing Rattles Hawthorne Residents

June 7, 2013  |  News

The respected Ready, Willing & Able organization for homeless and transitioning men has outgrown its space at 1211 Bainbridge Street and is moving just up the block. In its place, the owner wants to replace it—with another facility for homeless and transitioning men. Brad Maule reports that that doesn't sit well with a lot of Hawthorne neighbors > more

Testing And Proving Building Innovation At The Navy Yard

Testing And Proving Building Innovation At The Navy Yard

June 6, 2013  |  News

Penn State University leads a federally funded initiative to create a model energy hub. Vivienne Tang has the story of its first two buildings—a new building and a retrofit—at the Navy Yard > more

Uncertainty And Ingenuity On Kensington's Industrial American Street

Uncertainty And Ingenuity On Kensington’s Industrial American Street

June 3, 2013  |  News

When the Workshop of the World was churning full blast, its brand was distinctly American—American Street, that is. The historic industrial Kensington thoroughfare is a shell of its former self but, Devon McReynolds tells us, that spells 21st Century opportunity. The question facing officials: should American Street remain zoned for heavy industry or for an evolving mix of uses? > more

And The 2013 Nominees For Historic Designation Are . . .

And The 2013 Nominees For Historic Designation Are . . .

May 24, 2013  |  News

The Philadelphia Historical Commission will next Wednesday review 15 buildings across the city in consideration for historic designation. Christopher Mote examines the nominations > more

Moving The Machine Forward In Old City

Moving The Machine Forward In Old City

May 20, 2013  |  News

The trouble with Old City? After six years of struggles to redevelop the Samuel Machinery Company building, the project is finally moving forward. Apartments and a large retail space will be ready next year. Greg Meckstroth reports > more

In Point Breeze, Redemption For A Park

In Point Breeze, Redemption For A Park

May 17, 2013  |  News

The youth and neighborhood development project Urban Roots will help transform Ralph Brooks, Jr. Park, a place that has come to represent the neighborhood's struggles with violence. Jessie Fox has the story and photographs > more

On South Broad Street, A Lot Of Cool Stuff

On South Broad Street, A Lot Of Cool Stuff

May 15, 2013  |  News

The vacant lot across South Broad Street from the Kimmel Center has become a fulcrum for creativity. Come Monday, the space will be reborn as this year's Pop Up Garden, an initiative to populate the noticeable empty space with green landscaping and a beer garden with food from chef George Sabatino > more

Blatstein To Transform Design Center?

Blatstein To Transform Design Center?

May 7, 2013  |  News

The Marketplace Design Center at 2400 Market Street has been for sale since earlier this year. Sources tell Hidden City Philadelphia that it's found a new buyer in Bart Blatstein > more

In Kensington, A Major Reversal Brings New Hope For Historic Banks

In Kensington, A Major Reversal Brings New Hope For Historic Banks

May 3, 2013  |  News

Women's Community Revitalization Project gives up on building low-income housing at Front and Norris. The fate of the historic banks and the ownership of the site are unclear. Chris Mote reports > more

Enduring Happiness At A Germantown Playground & Rec Center

Enduring Happiness At A Germantown Playground & Rec Center

May 1, 2013  |  News

Germantown's Happy Hollow Playground & Recreation Center is currently under consideration for historic designation by the Historical Commission. Kim Broadbent tells us how it laid the groundwork for all the city's subsequent playgrounds and rec centers > more

A Saint Guided By Spirits

A Saint Guided By Spirits

April 30, 2013  |  News

In an old horse stable in Kensington, beer brewing history is about to come full circle. Brad Maule talks with Tim Patton from Saint Benjamin Brewing Company about his plans for the site that once belonged to Theo Finkenauer's brewery > more

A Cultured Pearl For Chinatown North

A Cultured Pearl For Chinatown North

April 22, 2013  |  News

Two projects are in the works to bring a stronger identity to Chinatown North. Brad Maule takes a look at how the Asian Arts Initiative's Pearl Street plan intersects with the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation's planned Eastern Tower > more

Spare A Dime For Bok's Memories: WPA Play Begins Tonight

Spare A Dime For Bok’s Memories: WPA Play Begins Tonight

April 18, 2013  |  News

The group CosaCosa brings the politics of the New Deal into a New Deal-funded auditorium in a school about to close--a song cycle for a cycle of economics and politics. Katrina Ohstrom previews the PIFA performance in words and photos > more

Three Men And A Boat

Three Men And A Boat

April 16, 2013  |  News

After a couple years without it, the pleasure cruise returns to the Schuylkill River this summer. Vivienne Tang and Theresa Stigale hop on board The Patriot to see what's in store > more

Plan For City Branch Rail Park Emerges

Plan For City Branch Rail Park Emerges

April 15, 2013  |  News

The long awaited vision for turning the City Branch into a park connecting the Reading Viaduct and Fairmount Park will be released this week. It calls for a muscular new civic space at Broad Street and connections to the campus of Community College of Philadelphia > more

At Drexel, Iconic ISI Becomes URBN

At Drexel, Iconic ISI Becomes URBN

April 11, 2013  |  News

With tomorrow night's official opening of the Drexel URBN Center in mind, Hidden City caught up with Drexel architecture chair Jon Coddington for a tour of the building that houses his department and others in a setting that actively encourages cross-disciplinary collaboration > more

Announcing...The Hidden City Festival 2013

Announcing…The Hidden City Festival 2013

April 10, 2013  |  News

Eight sites, eight participatory art projects, six weeks to see the city anew...May 23 to June 30 > more

McIlhenny Mansion Sold—To Bart Blatstein

McIlhenny Mansion Sold—To Bart Blatstein

April 8, 2013  |  News

The home of Henry McIlhenny, vacant on Rittenhouse Square since his death in 1986, has a new tenant: Bart Blatstein. Brad Maule has the story on the sale and the house > more

Day Of Reckoning Nigh At Another Furness Church

Day Of Reckoning Nigh At Another Furness Church

April 4, 2013  |  News

In West Philadelphia, another relic from the office of Furness, Evans, & Co. stares down the wrecking ball. Chris Mote profiles the circa-1900 Church of the Atonement, which was recently slapped with an L&I repair-or-demolish notice > more

Viva Venice: How A Water Department Project Is Transforming Manayunk's Social & Civic Hub

Viva Venice: How A Water Department Project Is Transforming Manayunk’s Social & Civic Hub

April 3, 2013  |  News

Thanks to an EPA mandate telling the Philadelphia Water Department to modernize its facilities and install an underground sanitary interceptor for major storms, the Venice Island rec center is starting over from scratch. Vivienne Tang and Brad Maule take a look at what the $45M project means for Manayunk > more

New Philly Food Co-ops Searching For Place

New Philly Food Co-ops Searching For Place

April 2, 2013  |  News

In South Philly and Kensington, new food co-ops try to balance business needs and community desires. Alex Vuocolo explores the issues at play > more

Generating New Life At The Ambler Boiler House

Generating New Life At The Ambler Boiler House

March 29, 2013  |  News

Ambler's transformation from sleepy little town to thriving suburban destination has itself a handsome new anchor—and it's right next to the train station. Dominic Mercier brings us a look at the Ambler Boiler House > more

Old And In The Way In Pennsport

Old And In The Way In Pennsport

March 29, 2013  |  News, Walk the Walk

A ripple of architectural destruction appears to be moving swiftly through Pennsport. Some people are putting their faith in preservation efforts and some are taking their faith elsewhere. Joe Brin searches for what's next at St. John the Evangelist and Engine 46 Firehouse > more

At Coltrane House, Getting Closer To The Dream

At Coltrane House, Getting Closer To The Dream

March 25, 2013  |  News

Giant steps taken toward the next phase in the life of the Coltrane House. Following both a neighborhood workshop and a professional charrette, Christopher Mote examines what's next > more

Humming A New Tune At 13th & Mount Vernon Substation

Humming A New Tune At 13th & Mount Vernon Substation

March 22, 2013  |  News

Old trolley substation turned auto body shop may turn multi-family housing. Brad Maule takes a look at the changes proposed at 13th & Mount Vernon > more