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February 22, 2018 |  by  |  Buzz


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Attention all freelance writers, urban planners, architects, and historic preservation professionals: we want YOU to contribute to Hidden City Daily.

We live in exciting times. Philadelphia’s building boom is in full swing, and the city is bursting at the seams with activity. Join the conversation and pitch us a story.

The Daily is more than just an online architecture journal and news site. It is a hive of vibrant thinking that derives its energy from the knowledge and passion of people like you. If you have ever thought to yourself, “You know, I have a story that would be great for Hidden City,” now is the time to write it.

We are specifically looking for news articles, analysis, and in-depth reporting on architecture, urban planning, real estate development, historic preservation, and contemporary human interest stories as they relate to Philadelphia and the built environment. We also welcome critical essays that cast a knowledgeable eye on the city’s dramatically shifting landscape.

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Join us as we continue to explore Philadelphia’s past, present, and future. Gather your thoughts, then send an outline of your idea for a story to Michael Bixler, Managing Editor of Hidden City Daily: mbixler[at]hiddencityphila.org.


  1. Interested in maintaining our rich architectural history & spirit alive!

  2. Stephen B Perzan

    Preservation story idea you might address. It is about 1545 Adams Avenue– it is on Philadelphia’s Historical Property List. Hidden City at one time did post a photo of the property. I did not see any extensive article on it.

    The property at 1548 Adams Avenue will be auctioned at Philadelphia Sheriff Sale – May 15, 2018. This property may be the oldest House in Philadelphia, Deed Book, V4 book F p425. The house is believed to have been built somewhere between 1712 and 1718. It is on the Philadelphia Register of Historical Place Places, 6/14/2013, and has been empty for several years.

    Is there some way this property can be acquired by the Land Bank and then resold to a non-profit or interested person who would agree to restore?

    A historical property like this one could first be acquired by the Land Bank and their physical status and condition examined. If the Land Bank determined that the property could be restored without the claim of hardship then it could be turned over to a non-profit or purchaser, at a determined price, with condition that it must be restored with “no claim of hardship”. This would mean that a group or person, truly interested in preservation, would obtain a property to be preserved at the right of losing their claim of “hardship.” It avoids the tragedy of someone obtaining a historical property at Sheriff Sale and then claiming hardship, without having any serious intention of preservation.

    If the Land Bank obtained a historical property and upon examination, deemed that the damage to the property was extensive then it could be sold in “as is condition” with the purchaser going before the Historical Commission to make its own case for hardship. Also perhaps, a person would be willing to obtain a historical property in an “as is condition” for $1 from the Land Bank – relinquishing their right to claim hardship, because they are willing to engage in preservation at their own personal cost without regard to loss.

    I hope I have made myself understandable.

    Steve Perzan

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