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Ryan Briggs

Ryan Briggs is a journalist who lives in West Philadelphia. A veteran of several economic development agencies in Philadelphia, Ryan has contributed to the Philadelphia City Paper, Next City and other fine, local publications. Follow him on Twitter at @rw_briggs.

On 40th Street, A Collision Of Interests

On 40th Street, A Collision Of Interests

May 11, 2012  |  Vantage

This afternoon the Philadelphia Historical Commission will vote on the University of Pennsylvania's request to demolish a protected building in West Philadelphia. In Part Two of our report on flaws in Philadelphia's system of historic preservation, we look at this complicated case, which shows how preservation goals can be trumped by the bottom line and powerful neighborhood groups > more

A Broken System

A Broken System

May 10, 2012  |  Vantage

In Part One of a two-part report on the broken system of historic preservation in Philadelphia, Ryan Briggs reveals a city historical commission that's so underfunded it's incapable of enabling the city to profit by its unsurpassed architectural heritage--let alone protect its buildings of significance and stature > more

On Buck Owners:

On Buck Owners: “It Was All A Great Swindle”

April 11, 2012  |  Buzz

Artist Mat Tomezsko's experience with Michael Lichtenstein, owner of Buck Hosiery, is more insight into the dubious and careless business practices that led to Monday's fire > more

In The Fire's Aftermath, Fear And Uncertainty Lingers

In The Fire’s Aftermath, Fear And Uncertainty Lingers

April 10, 2012  |  News

Ryan Briggs has more on the owners of Buck Hosiery and speaks to neighborhood leaders, renovators, and residents, who fear another fire. Time to rethink the way we protect these kinds of buildings--they are assets for our future > more

Passing the Buck

Passing the Buck

April 9, 2012  |  News

Under the El in Kensington, the owners of the former Thomas Buck Hosiery, one of the last great mills, fail to protect their property--or pay their taxes > more