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GroJLart

GroJLart is the anonymous foulmouthed blogger of Philaphilia, where he critiques Philadelphia architecture, history, and design. He resides in Washington Square West. GroJLart has contributed to Naked Philly, the Philadelphia City Paper's Naked City Blog, and Philadelphia Magazine's Property Blog.

The King Of K & A

The King Of K & A

April 1, 2013  |  The Shadow Knows

Yet another classic tower meets its inevitable demise...SIKE! GroJLart has the story of how Kensington's Northeast Title and Trust Company Building, a.k.a. Flomar Building, staved off death and emerged anew as a community health center > more

Green Hill Lives!

Green Hill Lives!

March 18, 2013  |  The Shadow Knows

Beginning in the 1850s, farmer organizations and the city began erecting market buildings to replace ramshackle market sheds. One of them survives in Francisville. The Shadow, of course, has the story > more

Awaiting A New Call To Service In Mantua

Awaiting A New Call To Service In Mantua

March 4, 2013  |  The Shadow Knows

While South Philly's Third Regiment Armory is at the center of an ongoing discussion, another armory sits silently deep in West Philadelphia. The Shadow digs deep to bring us its story > more

The Long And Short Of It

The Long And Short Of It

February 18, 2013  |  The Shadow Knows

In the city of what might have been, the Shadow takes us to Chestnut and Juniper, with monumental pieces of architecture on three corners. And the fourth... > more

A Little Scotch Magic On Spring Garden

A Little Scotch Magic On Spring Garden

February 4, 2013  |  The Shadow Knows

Italian Philadelphia? Sure. Irish? Jewish, German, African-American, Vietnamese, Mexican? Sure. Scottish? Perhaps most of all. The Shadow knows it--and here's his story of the emblematic Caledonian Club > more