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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.

Slaughterhouse 3000 (Market Street)

Slaughterhouse 3000 (Market Street)

May 13, 2013  |  The Shadow Knows

The Shadow digs through the rising glass and steel of University City to find....still standing proudly...a cow pasture in the sky > more

Amidst A Redeveloping Waterfront, An 1830s Row Lives On

Amidst A Redeveloping Waterfront, An 1830s Row Lives On

April 29, 2013  |  The Shadow Knows

Just about halfway between Greyhound bus parking and a popular gentleman's club & steakhouse, a block of rowhouses has survived the post-war, post-industrial growth of Northern Liberties' eastern flank. GroJLart tells us all about the Coats family of Old Philadelphia and this heirloom still standing and serving many purposes today > more

Old Northern Liberties In Old City

Old Northern Liberties In Old City

April 15, 2013  |  The Shadow Knows

On one of Vine Street's few blocks in Center City without screaming expressway traffic, an old Northern Liberties bank lives on as Old City residences. GroJLart profiles its history > more

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