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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.

Schuylkill River Swing Bridge Transfer To City Complete

Schuylkill River Swing Bridge Transfer To City Complete

November 1, 2017  |  News

Big step forward for the Schuylkill River Trail. Ownership of the 115-year-old Philadelphia, Wilmington, and Baltimore Railroad Bridge was officially transferred to the City today, paving the way for a long-anticipated extension of the bike and pedestrian trail. GroJLart has the story > more

In Shadow Of

In Shadow Of “Fergie Tower,” Fergie’s Pub Keeps The Pints Coming

October 31, 2017  |  The Shadow Knows

When Fergie's opened in the 1994, the city's first contemporary "gastro pub" was born. The Shadow has the backstory on the beloved Philadelphia bar and the 150-year-old carriage house on Sansom Street > more

Tax Credit Turnabout Triggers Protest At New Aloft Hotel

Tax Credit Turnabout Triggers Protest At New Aloft Hotel

October 23, 2017  |  News

No restaurant, no jobs, no explanation. Community activist groups want to know why $33 million in Federal and State tax credits and grants were awarded to renovate the Liberty Title Building for new Aloft hotel. GroJLart has the story > more

Willis Hale's Bold Beginnings On The Delaware River

Willis Hale’s Bold Beginnings On The Delaware River

October 20, 2017  |  The Shadow Knows

The work of Willis G. Hale, the mind behind the much-adored Divine Lorraine and the frankly fussy Hale Building, is enjoying a renaissance as of late. The Victorian architect's penchant for brazen facades can be traced back to a warehouse on the Delaware River, demolished in the 1960s to make way for I-95. The Shadow has the backstory > more

Praise And Protest At Historical Commission Meeting

Praise And Protest At Historical Commission Meeting

October 17, 2017  |  News

Applause and anger filled the room at the monthly Historical Commission meeting on Friday. GroJLart has the details > more