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Mike Szilagyi

Mike Szilagyi was born in the Logan neighborhood of Philadelphia, and raised in both Logan and what was the far edge of suburbia near Valley Forge. He found himself deeply intrigued by both the built landscape and by the natural “lay of the land.” Where things really get interesting is the fluid, intricate, multi-layered interface between the two.

Unearthing A Lost Temple

Unearthing A Lost Temple

December 16, 2015  |  History

Mayor-Elect Jim Kenney came out recently against Temple University's wishes to build a stadium on-campus in North Philadelphia. The team has rented a field from the Philadelphia Eagles for nearly 40 years—after having one of its own for 50, which it demolished in the late 1990s. Mike Szilagyi revisits the late Temple Stadium > more

Endangered: Manayunk's Historic Shawmont Station

Endangered: Manayunk’s Historic Shawmont Station

December 11, 2013  |  Preservation

Historic? Yes, this one is. SEPTA's Shawmont Station, closed since 1996, is the oldest railway station in the U.S. It marked the birth of the single industry that would transform the city. Mike Szilagyi reports on its significance and ongoing attempts to save it > more

A Hundred Years At Callowhill Depot

A Hundred Years At Callowhill Depot

August 6, 2013  |  History

New York's Grand Central Terminal has marked its 100th birthday with a yearlong celebration. Here in Philadelphia, Mike Szilagyi writes, a lesser known but no less important transit facility, West Philly's Callowhill Depot, also celebrates its first century > more

Schuylkill River Trail: Shawmont–MontCo Open Again, Better Than Ever

Schuylkill River Trail: Shawmont–MontCo Open Again, Better Than Ever

March 28, 2013  |  Urbanism

The Schuylkill River Trail is back in business between Shawmont and Montgomery County. Mike Szilagyi tells us how it got here—and where it's going > more

SEPTA Buses Not As Green As They'd Like You To Think

SEPTA Buses Not As Green As They’d Like You To Think

August 23, 2012  |  Urbanism

SEPTA's recent sustainability award and it's advertising claims belie a bias against clean electric trolleys and electric trolleybuses, says writer Mike Szilagyi. Even hybrid diesel buses, he says, are hardly green > more