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Starr Herr-Cardillo

Starr Herr-Cardillo is a staff writer for Hidden City Daily. She was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona and is a graduate of University of Pennsylvania's historic preservation program. Herr-Cardillo was drawn to the field by a deep affinity for adobe and vernacular architecture. She is gradually being won over by Philadelphia's overwhelming historic building stock and cloudier climate.

Germantown Boys & Girls Club Compromise Brings Peace To Penn Street

Germantown Boys & Girls Club Compromise Brings Peace To Penn Street

October 9, 2018  |  News

Owners of Germantown Boys and Girls Club reach an agreement with preservationists after two years of heated debate. Starr Herr-Cardillo has the news > more

Twitter Bot Reveals Revenue Loss From Tax Abatement

Twitter Bot Reveals Revenue Loss From Tax Abatement

September 13, 2018  |  News

Starr Herr-Cardillo catches up with the software engineer behind Philly Tax Abatements, a new Twitter account that aggregates the cost of City money lost to the 10-year tax abatement > more

Saving A Facade Is Not Historic Preservation

Saving A Facade Is Not Historic Preservation

August 23, 2018  |  Soapbox

Facadism is on the rise in Philadelphia and it ain't pretty. In this op-ed Starr Herr-Cardillo says the practice has the power to confuse compromise with real historic preservation > more

Infill Philadelphia Brings Communities Together By Design

Infill Philadelphia Brings Communities Together By Design

August 17, 2018  |  News

Sacred Places/Civic Spaces helps three houses of worship plan for the future by opening their doors to the neighborhood. Starr Herr-Cardillo has the story > more

Masonry Program Gives Crumbling Penitentiary HOPE

Masonry Program Gives Crumbling Penitentiary HOPE

July 25, 2018  |  News

HOPE Crew, a masonry workshop organized by the National Trust, leaves the decaying stone walls of Eastern State Penitentiary looking "on point." Starr Herr-Cardillo has the story > more