Archive for Developing Challenges

Pending Destruction Of Zagar Mural Spurs Community Into Action

Pending Destruction Of Zagar Mural Spurs Community Into Action

February 25, 2016  |  Developing Challenges, News

Public artwork and real estate development collide with the demolition of the Society Hill Playhouse. Michael Bixler reports > more

Redevelopment In Sharswood: Will It Come At The Expense Of Preservation?

Redevelopment In Sharswood: Will It Come At The Expense Of Preservation?

February 24, 2016  |  Developing Challenges, News

The Philadelphia Housing Authority's most ambitious redevelopment plan in a decade will radically reshape the Sharswood neighborhood. The agency has acquired more than 300 row homes and commercial buildings through eminent domain and preservationists are worried they will be torn down > more

Breaking Through Historic Preservation's Color Line

Breaking Through Historic Preservation’s Color Line

February 4, 2016  |  Developing Challenges, Vantage

Diversity in preservation is a tricky thing. When cultural history speaks more for a building than architecture merit ears often go deaf. Hidden City co-editor Michael Bixler sits down with All That Philly Jazz director Faye Anderson to discuss landmarking the former home of Malcolm X and the precarious nature of protecting Philadelphia's built African-American heritage > more

Abused, Neglected, But Not Forgotten: Top 10 Derelict Properties

Abused, Neglected, But Not Forgotten: Top 10 Derelict Properties

December 22, 2015  |  Developing Challenges, The Shadow Knows

Philadelphia erupted with real estate growth in 2015. Yet, some of the city's most noticeable properties remain ragged, empty and trapped in limbo. GroJLart has this year end survey of the city's top ten down-and-out buildings begging for redevelopment > more

The Navy Yard: An Office Worker’s Paradise, Part I

The Navy Yard: An Office Worker’s Paradise, Part I

December 8, 2015  |  Developing Challenges, Vantage

Architecture professor and designer Jason Lempieri takes a look at the future of the Navy Yards with a critique in two parts. This first installment explores the dynamic, growing office park that emanates residential potential and begs for urban definition > more