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Daniel Shurley

Dan Shurley is a Philadelphia-born writer living in Gainesville, Florida. He is the author of Collective Regeneration and Universal Love, a chapbook of stories and fragments. His reporting and book reviews have appeared in BOMB, Hidden City, the Potrero View, and elsewhere around the web.

Philadelphia's Forgotten Forebears: How Pennsylvania Erased The Lenape From Local History

Philadelphia’s Forgotten Forebears: How Pennsylvania Erased The Lenape From Local History

August 23, 2019  |  History

In this poignant essay Dan Shurley looks at the mistreatment of the Lenape in Pennsylvania and how historic Philadelphia still manages to misrepresent and largely ignore the city's native people > more

With Ice And Coal Building's Murals Gone, Is Italian Market Development Coming?

With Ice And Coal Building’s Murals Gone, Is Italian Market Development Coming?

January 26, 2015  |  Development

The community mural wall at 9th and Ellsworth is all but a gray-washed memory today. A barrier for the empty lot where the Ice And Coal building once stood, it stands a fine example of artists pitching it to tackle urban blight. Daniel Shurley takes us down to South 9th Street, where plans for a Business Improvement District, and possibly a new, creative life for the wall, are currently in the works > more

In Kensington, Developers & Architects Confront The El

In Kensington, Developers & Architects Confront The El

December 19, 2013  |  Architecture

For the first time in decades, developers are building under the El. But how will they handle the many constraints--and the stigma of living "under the El?" Dan Shurley reviews a series of rather uneven new projects > more

In West Philly, Redemption For A Strip Mall

In West Philly, Redemption For A Strip Mall

November 18, 2013  |  Architecture

Our pages are filled with stories of churches being demolished and replaced with prosaic architecture. But sometimes the process reverses. In West Philly, the University City Chinese Christian Church has transformed a languishing unfinished strip mall with subtly elegant modern architecture > more

Theater Of The Undead

Theater Of The Undead

October 21, 2013  |  Development

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