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Archeological Dig Will Explore Philly’s Pre-colonial Waterfront

Archeological Dig Will Explore Philly’s Pre-colonial Waterfront

May 24, 2019  |  News

Philly's maritime history on the Delaware River is the focus of a new archeological study at the former site of West Shipyard. Kimberly Haas has the story > more

Appetite For Deconstruction: North Philly Nonprofit Tackles Three Pressing Issues With One Program

Appetite For Deconstruction: North Philly Nonprofit Tackles Three Pressing Issues With One Program

May 17, 2019  |  News

Philly Reclaim brings sustainability, historic preservation, and job training together with its architectural salvage program. Kimberly Haas has the story > more

Al Capone's Cell At ESP Keeps Conservators On Their Toes

Al Capone’s Cell At ESP Keeps Conservators On Their Toes

May 2, 2019  |  News

At Eastern State Penitentiary, layers of history reveal more mysteries inside a famous gangster's old prison cell. Kimberly Haas has the details > more

Growing Neighborhoods One Tree At A Time On Arbor Day

Growing Neighborhoods One Tree At A Time On Arbor Day

April 26, 2019  |  News

Arbor Day is upon us and this year the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is sending an army of volunteers out to plant trees all across the city. Kimberly Haas has the details > more

Nation's Largest AIDS Wellness Center On The Verge Of Closing

Nation’s Largest AIDS Wellness Center On The Verge Of Closing

April 23, 2019  |  News

Siloam Wellness Center has been used as a model for HIV/AIDS wellness centers across the country since it opened 24 years ago. But its future, and its funding, hangs in the balance. Ali Roseberry-Polier has the story > more

As Philadelphia Celebrates Its Growth, A Call To Be More Inclusive

As Philadelphia Celebrates Its Growth, A Call To Be More Inclusive

April 19, 2019  |  News

Last week Pew Charitable Trusts released its 2019 State of the City report. The study shows a stark divide between Philadelphia's economic growth and disparity. Kimberly Haas has the details > more

Historic Designation Committee To Consider West Philly District, Institute For Colored Youth, And Churches

Historic Designation Committee To Consider West Philly District, Institute For Colored Youth, And Churches

April 16, 2019  |  News

Starr Herr-Cardillo has the details on local register nominations up for consideration at the April meeting of the Philadelphia Historical Commission's Designation Committee > more

For Callowhill Neighborhood, Whose BIDing Will Be Done?

For Callowhill Neighborhood, Whose BIDing Will Be Done?

April 12, 2019  |  News

Longtime Callowhill residents and real estate developers clash over the creation of a Business Improvement District as the neighborhood begins to transition. Kimberly Haas has the story > more

Public Space Rises From The Stacks At Parkway Central

Public Space Rises From The Stacks At Parkway Central

April 10, 2019  |  News

Michael Bixler has this preview of the three new public spaces opening on Friday at the Free Library of Philadelphia's Parkway Central branch > more

Photo Collection Project Takes A Walk In Ed Bacon's Shoes

Photo Collection Project Takes A Walk In Ed Bacon’s Shoes

April 5, 2019  |  News

Fisher Fine Arts Library at Penn is digitalizing a treasure trove of slides from the personal collection of Philly city planner extraordinaire Edmund Bacon and they need your help. Michael Bixler has the details > more

Game Over For 70s-era Stadium Hotel In South Philly

Game Over For 70s-era Stadium Hotel In South Philly

March 29, 2019  |  News

The old Hilton Inn on Packer Avenue makes way for Philly's next casino. Michael Bixler has the story > more

Bancroft Green Gives An Old Church New Purpose In Mt. Airy

Bancroft Green Gives An Old Church New Purpose In Mt. Airy

March 22, 2019  |  News

Contributor Virginia Lindak takes us out to Northwest Philadelphia where an eco-minded development firm is giving Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church a new lease on life > more

Real Estate Brochure For Vacant School Sounds Alarms in Germantown

Real Estate Brochure For Vacant School Sounds Alarms in Germantown

March 19, 2019  |  News

Neighbors rally around Germantown High School after a real estate listing revealed potential redevelopment plans. Emily Birdy Busch has the news > more

Interior Of 30th Street Station To Be Considered For Historic Designation

Interior Of 30th Street Station To Be Considered For Historic Designation

March 11, 2019  |  News

Starr Herr-Cardillo has this roundup of local register nominations on the agenda at the March meeting of the Philadelphia Historical Commission's Designation Committee > more

Justin DiBerardinis Puts Preservation & Equity In Bid For City Council

Justin DiBerardinis Puts Preservation & Equity In Bid For City Council

February 26, 2019  |  News

Starr Herr-Cardillo sits down with City Council candidate Justin DiBerardinis who is running on a platform that merges historic preservation with economic justice and environmental sustainability. > more

Demolition Proposal For Chinatown Landmark Triggers Public Outcry

Demolition Proposal For Chinatown Landmark Triggers Public Outcry

February 21, 2019  |  News

A demolition permit application for the former Chinese Cultural and Community Center on 10th Street provokes confusion and anger. Michael Bixler has the news > more

Sharswood Tour Spotlights African American Landmark

Sharswood Tour Spotlights African American Landmark

February 19, 2019  |  News

Efforts to save the former home and studio of Philadelphia Black Renaissance artist Dox Thrash will take center stage with a neighborhood tour and discussion. Keshler Thibert has the story > more

Conkling-Armstrong House & Jewelers Row District Go Before Designation Committee

Conkling-Armstrong House & Jewelers Row District Go Before Designation Committee

February 12, 2019  |  News

Starr Herr-Cardillo has this roundup of local register nominations on the agenda at the February meeting of the Philadelphia Historical Commission's Designation Committee > more

Neighbors In Spruce Hill Mobilize As Arvilla Eviction Nears

Neighbors In Spruce Hill Mobilize As Arvilla Eviction Nears

January 29, 2019  |  News

Affordable housing nonprofit Mission First evicts residents of The Arvilla in West Philadelphia, displacing a community of low-income families. Ali Roseberry-Polier has the details > more

New Museum In The Works For America's First Male Saint

New Museum In The Works For America’s First Male Saint

January 18, 2019  |  News

The Shrine of St. John Neumann on Girard Avenue is a melting pot brimming with religious devotion. It's also a destination for curious tourists looking to get a glimpse of the saint's body enshrined in a glass casket. A museum dedicated to the life and work of the famed Philadelphia bishop will open this spring. John Henry Scott has the story > more

Jefferson Makes Room For Modernism With New Preservation Program

Jefferson Makes Room For Modernism With New Preservation Program

January 4, 2019  |  News

Jefferson University brings Modernist architecture to the forefront with their new historic preservation program and center for studies. Michael Bixler has the news > more

Lost Buildings of 2018

Lost Buildings of 2018

December 27, 2018  |  News

Philadelphia's preservation crisis reached a critical high in 2018 with a record-breaking number of demolition permits approved by the City. Here we highlight some of the biggest loses to our built environment in our annual end-of-year list > more

Nomination Withdrawal Signals The End For Stone Cottage In Overbrook Farms

Nomination Withdrawal Signals The End For Stone Cottage In Overbrook Farms

December 14, 2018  |  News

Historical Commission withdraws nomination for 127-year-old cottage in Overbrook Farms after owner St. Joseph's University neglects the home for over a decade. Starr Herr-Cardillo has the news > more

Architecture Trips The Light Fantastic in <em>Philly After Dark</em>

Architecture Trips The Light Fantastic in Philly After Dark

December 4, 2018  |  News

The Athenaeum of Philadelphia shines a light on local architecture at night with their illuminating exhibition, "Philly After Dark." Greg Prichard has this review > more

#GivingNEWSDay Is Here!

#GivingNEWSDay Is Here!

November 27, 2018  |  News

Double your donation to Hidden City today and help us get to the next level of journalism > more

Rare Books Department At FLP Examines A City In Transition

Rare Books Department At FLP Examines A City In Transition

November 9, 2018  |  News

Affordable housing, displacement and gentrification, demolition for redevelopment--sounds a lot like today's local headlines, but Philly has been dealing with these issues for decades. This and more is addressed in the new exhibition, "Philadelphia: The Changing City," now on view at the Free Library of Philadelphia. Ali Roseberry-Polier has the review > more

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

New Audio Archive Gives Voice To Philly Immigration History

New Audio Archive Gives Voice To Philly Immigration History

September 26, 2018  |  News

Relive Philly public history in high fidelity through those who came before us. Historian Janneken Smucker gives us a listen inside the inner workings of the digital oral history project, "Philadelphia Immigration" > 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

Fisher Fine Arts Library Gives <em>Hidden City Daily</em> Eternal Life

Fisher Fine Arts Library Gives Hidden City Daily Eternal Life

August 21, 2018  |  News

Long live Hidden City Daily! We are honored and thrilled to announce that our website was chosen for inclusion in the Fisher Fine Arts Library Web Archive at Penn. Michael Bixler has the details > 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

North Broad's

North Broad’s “Lion Of Zion” Finds Strength In Design

August 8, 2018  |  News

Zion Baptist Church opens its doors to a sustainable future and a North Philly revival. Rachel Hildebrandt has the story > more

Diorama Restoration At The Academy of Natural Sciences Confronts Loss & Conquest

Diorama Restoration At The Academy of Natural Sciences Confronts Loss & Conquest

August 6, 2018  |  News

Conservators on the Parkway give 80-year-old specimens a good scrubbing, while examining science's shady past with new interpretation. Mabel Rosenheck has the story > more

Black History Museums Struggle To Survive Amid Philly Revival

Black History Museums Struggle To Survive Amid Philly Revival

July 30, 2018  |  News

In need of funding and resources, three museums dedicated to African American history face an uncertain future. Keshler Thibert 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

Preservation Task Force Gears Up For Final Report

Preservation Task Force Gears Up For Final Report

July 20, 2018  |  News

Mayor Kenney's Historic Preservation Task Force rounds the corner with a draft of recommendations in hand. Starr Herr-Cardillo has the news > more

Two New Historic Districts And Grand Court Protected

Two New Historic Districts And Grand Court Protected

July 13, 2018  |  News

Historical Commission says "yes" to 17 new additions to the local register. Starr Herr-Cardillo has the news > more

Victorian-era Philly Bicycle Routes Now Available Online

Victorian-era Philly Bicycle Routes Now Available Online

July 11, 2018  |  News

Rutgers University Libraries releases maps and tour guides of old Philadelphia bicycle routes from the 1890s. Julie Still gives us the details > more

Summer Break

Summer Break

July 2, 2018  |  News

Hidden City Daily is taking a short summer vacation. We'll be back next Monday, July 9th. Have a great Fourth of July! > more

Historical Commission Inches Its Way Back To District Designations

Historical Commission Inches Its Way Back To District Designations

June 29, 2018  |  News

After a long, mysterious hiatus, historic district nominations are back on the City's agenda. Next stop: Wayne Junction. Starr Herr-Cardillo reports > more

Two PA Historical Markers At A Loss In South Philly

Two PA Historical Markers At A Loss In South Philly

June 28, 2018  |  News

In Bella Vista, demolishing the homes of two notable Philadelphians leave historical markers with nothing but memory to commemorate. Michael Bixler takes a look > more

Docomomo PHL To Host

Docomomo PHL To Host “Wake” For Modernist Store

June 18, 2018  |  News

Modernist architecture advocacy group will hold a demonstration to protest Philadelphia's historic preservation crisis. Michael Bixler has the details > more

PA Ballet Swings Wrecking Ball At North Broad Landmark

PA Ballet Swings Wrecking Ball At North Broad Landmark

May 21, 2018  |  News

A 107-year-old terra cotta treasure on Automobile Row will be demolished for a vacant lot. Michael Bixler has the story > more

Neighbors Vote

Neighbors Vote “No” On Christian Street Church Proposal

May 9, 2018  |  News

A new design proposal to demolish and develop the site of Christian Street Baptist Church is met with unanimous disapproval from neighbors. Starr Herr-Cardillo has the story > more

Frankford Chocolate Factory Demo Calls Motivation & Process Into Question

Frankford Chocolate Factory Demo Calls Motivation & Process Into Question

April 24, 2018  |  News

If you think something seems off about the pending demolition of the former Frankford Chocolate Factory on Washington Avenue you are not alone. Contributor Starr Herr-Cardillo takes a look > more

Demo Prep Begins For Gothic Revival Church In West Philly

Demo Prep Begins For Gothic Revival Church In West Philly

April 20, 2018  |  News

Christ Memorial Reformed Episcopal Church, a mountainous 131-year-old Gothic Revival landmark in West Philly, prepares for the end. Michael Bixler has the news > more

Old Iron Works In Logan Square To Face The Wrecking Ball

Old Iron Works In Logan Square To Face The Wrecking Ball

April 13, 2018  |  News

When the housing bubble burst and the recession hit in 2007, plans to convert Creswell Iron Works on Cherry Street into apartments tanked. The quaint collection of industrial buildings is now headed for demolition. Michael Bixler has the details > more

American Revolution Landmark To Be Auctioned Off At Sheriff Sale

American Revolution Landmark To Be Auctioned Off At Sheriff Sale

April 11, 2018  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia, News

Old stone home in Frankford with ties to the Declaration of Independence goes up for auction at a sherif sale in May. Harry K. has the news and history behind this threatened national landmark > more

At CDR Meeting, Final Bell Tolls For Historic Jewelers Row

At CDR Meeting, Final Bell Tolls For Historic Jewelers Row

April 4, 2018  |  News

Suburban real estate developers Toll Brothers presented their final proposal for Jewelers Row to the Civic Design Review Committee. Starr Herr-Cardillo has the news > more

In Sharswood, Effort To Save Dox Thrash House Gains Momentum

In Sharswood, Effort To Save Dox Thrash House Gains Momentum

March 20, 2018  |  News

As modern urban renewal continues to erase African-American history in North Philly, one group works against the odds to preserve a renowned Philadelphia artist's legacy. Starr Herr-Cardillo has the story > more

Confusion And Quibbling At Mayor's Preservation Task Force Meeting

Confusion And Quibbling At Mayor’s Preservation Task Force Meeting

March 15, 2018  |  News

Mayor Kenney's Historic Preservation Task Force convened today following the release of a draft of a summary of summaries on the state of preservation in Philadelphia. Logistical bickering and sticker activities ensued. Starr Herr-Cardillo reports > more

Historic Freight Station Lives Again At Lincoln Square

Historic Freight Station Lives Again At Lincoln Square

March 7, 2018  |  News

Michael Bixler gives us a peek inside the old PW&B train shed under construction at Broad Street and Washington Avenue. The former freight station is currently being converted into a grocery store, part of the rising mixed-use development Lincoln Square > more

Beloved South Street Landmark To Be Demolished And Rebuilt

Beloved South Street Landmark To Be Demolished And Rebuilt

February 23, 2018  |  News

Charged with the financial burden of a fire-damaged restaurant on South Street, owners of Bridget Foy’s make plans to rebuild. Starr Herr-Cardillo has the story > more

Replicas Of William Rush Originals Return To Fairmount Water Works

Replicas Of William Rush Originals Return To Fairmount Water Works

February 14, 2018  |  News

Missing for decades, two signature sculptures come home to Fairmount Water Works. A. Leonard Pundt has the details on how conservation efforts and carefully-crafted reproductions brought the iconic public artwork back to life > more

At Parkway Central, Stacks Cleared To Make Way For Public Space

At Parkway Central, Stacks Cleared To Make Way For Public Space

February 2, 2018  |  News

The Free Library of Philadelphia's Parkway Central Branch is homing in on the needs of the 21st century patron with modern upgrades and robust public programming. Michael Bixler bids adieu to the grand library's massive book retrieval system that was recently dismantled to make way for three new centers of interactive social space > more

Navy Yard Gears Up For Growth With New Power Plant

Navy Yard Gears Up For Growth With New Power Plant

January 30, 2018  |  News

The Navy Yard, home to one of the nation's largest private microgrids, prepares for the future with a new energy plant. Michael Bixler reports > more

New Toll Brothers Design Steps On Jewelers Row

New Toll Brothers Design Steps On Jewelers Row

January 24, 2018  |  News

Suburban real estate developers Toll Brothers presents their new proposal for a 24-story apartment tower in the heart of Jewelers Row. Starr Herr-Cardillo has the story > more

Philadelphia Far Behind Peer Cities Says National Trust

Philadelphia Far Behind Peer Cities Says National Trust

January 19, 2018  |  News

Mayor Kenney's Historic Preservation Task Force convened last night for their seventh official meeting. Starr Herr-Cardillo reports > more

You Can Turn $10,000 Into $20,000 For The Hidden City Daily; Here's 15 Reasons Great Why

You Can Turn $10,000 Into $20,000 For The Hidden City Daily; Here’s 15 Reasons Great Why

December 15, 2017  |  News

With our campaign hitting the home stretch, a generous donor offers to match the next $10,000, if we can raise it by campaign's end on December 31. We need your support to make it happen > more

City Council To Vote On Ridge Avenue Demo Moratorium

City Council To Vote On Ridge Avenue Demo Moratorium

December 13, 2017  |  News

A bill to place a temporary hold on demolition applications for 300+ historic properties along Ridge Avenue goes before City Council tomorrow. Michael Bixler has the details > more

Bill Mandating Set-Asides For Affordable Housing Tabled

Bill Mandating Set-Asides For Affordable Housing Tabled

November 27, 2017  |  News

City Council held a five hour hearing today on the controversial Mixed Income Housing Program bill. GroJLart has the details > more

Task Force Inches Closer To Delivering

Task Force Inches Closer To Delivering “State Of Preservation” Report

November 16, 2017  |  News

Mayor Kenney's Historic Preservation Task Force convened today for their fourth official meeting. Starr Herr-Cardillo reports > more

Historic Kensington Banks

Historic Kensington Banks “For Sale,” But Not Really

November 10, 2017  |  News

The saga of two historic banks struggling for survival under the EL continues. GroJLart has the update > more

Schuylkill Yards Breaks Ground With Drexel Square

Schuylkill Yards Breaks Ground With Drexel Square

November 8, 2017  |  News

Drexel University and Brandywine Realty Trust put shovels in the ground at 30th and Market today launching Phase 1 of their $3.5 billion megaproject, Schuylkill Yards. Michael Bixler reports > more

Schuylkill River Swing Bridge Transfer To City Complete

Schuylkill River Swing Bridge Transfer To City Complete

November 1, 2017  |  News

Big step forward for the Schuylkill River Trail. Ownership of the 115-year-old Philadelphia, Wilmington, and Baltimore Railroad Bridge was officially transferred to the City today, paving the way for a long-anticipated extension of the bike and pedestrian trail. GroJLart has the story > more

Tax Credit Turnabout Triggers Protest At New Aloft Hotel

Tax Credit Turnabout Triggers Protest At New Aloft Hotel

October 23, 2017  |  News

No restaurant, no jobs, no explanation. Community activist groups want to know why $33 million in Federal and State tax credits and grants were awarded to renovate the Liberty Title Building for new Aloft hotel. GroJLart has the story > more

Praise And Protest At Historical Commission Meeting

Praise And Protest At Historical Commission Meeting

October 17, 2017  |  News

Applause and anger filled the room at the monthly Historical Commission meeting on Friday. GroJLart has the details > more

Wayne Junction Moves Forward With Revitalization

Wayne Junction Moves Forward With Revitalization

September 20, 2017  |  News

Developer Ken Weinstein unveils transit-oriented development plans for Wayne Junction district. GroJLart has the story > more

Eero Saarinen’s Hill College House Fortified With $80M In Renovations

Eero Saarinen’s Hill College House Fortified With $80M In Renovations

August 29, 2017  |  News

Ann de Forest takes us inside Hill College House, a Mid-Century take on Medieval fortification designed by Modernist master architect Eero Saarinen. The dormitory at Penn recently reopened after $80M in engineering upgrades and interior renovations > more

City Mobilizes Against Trash With Zero Waste Action Plan

City Mobilizes Against Trash With Zero Waste Action Plan

August 7, 2017  |  News

Can the City eliminate Philly's litter epidemic by 2030? Nic Esposito, director of the Zero Waste and Litter Cabinet, says it can be done if government and residents work together. Michael Bixler catches up with the 'litter czar' to discuss an ambitious, municipal action plan to tackle the issue > more

La Salle University Tears Down Historic Victorian Home

La Salle University Tears Down Historic Victorian Home

July 19, 2017  |  News

Another historic home is demolished by La Salle University for campus expansion > more

Demolition Of Two Neighborhood Sanctuaries Begins

Demolition Of Two Neighborhood Sanctuaries Begins

July 14, 2017  |  News

Two historic churches meet the wrecking ball this week. Michael Bixler reports > more

Summer Break

Summer Break

June 30, 2017  |  News

The Hidden City Daily team is taking a short summer vacation. We'll be back on Monday, July 10th. Have a great Independence Day! > more

An Artful Adaptation In Bella Vista

An Artful Adaptation In Bella Vista

June 15, 2017  |  News

A contemporary art gallery and residence on Bainbridge Street goes green with reuse and sustainable renovation. John Henry Scott has the story > more

With New Penn's Landing Plan, A Central Park

With New Penn’s Landing Plan, A Central Park

June 12, 2017  |  News

Lost in the intense news cycle: major news about the at-long-last redevelopment of Penn's Landing. Nathaniel Popkin has a look > more

Restoration Project Gives New Life To Ben Franklin's Grave

Restoration Project Gives New Life To Ben Franklin’s Grave

May 17, 2017  |  News

Benjamin Franklin's tombstone gets some desperately needed TLC. Tyler Horst has the story > more

Centennial Commons Puts Community Back Into The Park

Centennial Commons Puts Community Back Into The Park

May 4, 2017  |  News

The gateway to West Fairmount Park is about to get a serious makeover with people and progressive public space practices as a priority. John Henry Scott reports > more

La Salle University Preps Victorian Home For Wrecking Ball

La Salle University Preps Victorian Home For Wrecking Ball

April 5, 2017  |  News

More demolition for campus expansion in the works at La Salle University. Contributor Arielle Harris has the story > more

Archeologists Dish Up Dirt On Philly History Under I-95

Archeologists Dish Up Dirt On Philly History Under I-95

March 28, 2017  |  News

Contributor Jared Brey takes us under the overpass and down in the trenches of the 95 Revive archeological excavation where field workers are piecing together centuries of lost Philadelphia history > more

Emergency Excavation In Old City Reveals Lack Of Oversight

Emergency Excavation In Old City Reveals Lack Of Oversight

March 15, 2017  |  News

The last-minute salvage excavation of First Baptist Church Burial Ground in Old City has the archaeological community up in arms. Is the City or the developer to blame? John Henry Scott reports > more

A Moving Monument

A Moving Monument

December 5, 2016  |  News

Nearly four years after Hidden City proposed relocating the forlorn Newkirk Viaduct Monument from the side of the train tracks to the forthcoming Bartram's Mile segment of the Schuylkill River Trail system... that has happened. Brad Maule has the story of the 177-year-old monument's relocation > more

Permit And Postponement Put Jewelers Row In Urgent Jeopardy

Permit And Postponement Put Jewelers Row In Urgent Jeopardy

November 10, 2016  |  News

Historical Commission shelves voting on nominations for 704 and 706-08 Sansom Street on Jewelers Row for 90 days. Michael Bixler reports > more

Committee Recommends Jewelers Row Buildings For Designation

Committee Recommends Jewelers Row Buildings For Designation

October 21, 2016  |  News

Temporary relief today in the fight to save two historic properties on Jewelers Row from demolition and residential development. Michael Bixler reports > more

Germantown Neighbors Wary But Hopeful Over Plans For Abandoned St. Francis Of Assisi

Germantown Neighbors Wary But Hopeful Over Plans For Abandoned St. Francis Of Assisi

September 29, 2016  |  News

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Germantown has suffered theft, fire and blight since it closed in the summer of 2012, transforming a 113-year-old neighborhood anchor into a pressure point of crime and neglect. But redemption may be close at hand. John Henry Scott has the story. > more

On Sleepy Richmond Street, A Spark Of Renewal Catches Wind

On Sleepy Richmond Street, A Spark Of Renewal Catches Wind

September 16, 2016  |  News

After years of gradual decline, efforts to reenergize historic Richmond Street in Port Richmond are putting down roots. Michael Bixler takes a look > more

Again Under Threat, Wiota Street Garden Organizers Seek Public's Support

Again Under Threat, Wiota Street Garden Organizers Seek Public’s Support

September 8, 2016  |  News

In West Powelton, caretakers of a 32-year-old community garden prepare for battle over the pending sale of the once vacant lot for new construction. Tyler Horst reports. > more

Advocates Race Against The Clock To Save Terrace Hall

Advocates Race Against The Clock To Save Terrace Hall

August 26, 2016  |  News

In Wissahickon, an historic meeting hall on the eve of demolition gets a helping hand. Michael Bixler reports > more

Toll Brothers Wants to Tear Down Part of Jewelers Row; Here's The Basics & What You Can Do *Updated*

Toll Brothers Wants to Tear Down Part of Jewelers Row; Here’s The Basics & What You Can Do *Updated*

August 12, 2016  |  News

Yesterday's news that Toll Brothers has applied for a demolition permit for about one-eighth of Jewelers Row has stunned Philadelphians. We look at the underlying facts of the case and answer the question, "What can I do?" > more

Trumbauer's Legendary Ben Franklin Hotel Reborn

Trumbauer’s Legendary Ben Franklin Hotel Reborn

August 10, 2016  |  News

Renovations and a new restaurant will bring the Gilded Age glory of the former Benjamin Franklin Hotel to the public this fall. Michael Bixler steps inside > more

Ailing Rec Centers Patiently Await Soda Tax Relief

Ailing Rec Centers Patiently Await Soda Tax Relief

August 5, 2016  |  News

With the Soda Tax, the Kenney Administration has committed to addressing long-deteriorating conditions at neighborhood recreation centers with funding from bond sales and capital budget earmarks. But until revenue starts rolling in, communities continue to make due. Tyler Horst has the story > more

Mormon Temple Transcends Tradition On The Parkway

Mormon Temple Transcends Tradition On The Parkway

August 2, 2016  |  News

Jeff Markovitz brings the new Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints into view with this look inside the building's referential designs > more

Queen Villagers Work Toward Neighborhood Integration By Organizing Around Kids

Queen Villagers Work Toward Neighborhood Integration By Organizing Around Kids

August 2, 2016  |  News

In Queen Village there’s a rare attempt to bridge community divides between affluent residents and tenants of an affordable housing complex through summer programs for neighborhood kids, support for public schools, and representation on the civic association. Is it working? Jake Blumgart checks in on the process of building a more inclusive Queen Village > more

U.S. DOT Workshop Explores Capping And Connectivity On Vine Street

U.S. DOT Workshop Explores Capping And Connectivity On Vine Street

July 20, 2016  |  News

The U.S. Department of Transportation held a two-day community forum on July 16 and 17 exploring design interventions for reimagining Vine Street. Stephen Stofka has the recap > more

Historic Parish Complex In Kingsessing Gets New Life As Charter School

Historic Parish Complex In Kingsessing Gets New Life As Charter School

July 18, 2016  |  News

The much lauded Independence Charter School will transform the vacant Most Blessed Sacrament campus, reports Ann de Forest. But questions remain about the future of the Neo-Renaissance church, abandoned by the Archdiocese in 2007 > more

Summer Break

Summer Break

July 1, 2016  |  News

The Hidden City Daily team is taking a short summer vacation. We'll be back on Monday, July 11th. Have a great Independence Day! > more

East Coast Greenway Gains Traction With New Connections

East Coast Greenway Gains Traction With New Connections

June 15, 2016  |  News

Trail connections in Tinicum Township and Lardner’s Point Park are the newest additions to the quickly expanding East Coast Greenway network in Philadelphia. Tyler Horst reports > more

With World Heritage City Liftoff Tomorrow, What Can We Expect?

With World Heritage City Liftoff Tomorrow, What Can We Expect?

May 25, 2016  |  News

World Heritage and City officials will unveil the project's ambitious goals, but what do they have in mind, and can they deliver? Hilary Jay reports > more

America's First Animal Shelter To Expand Historic Facility

America’s First Animal Shelter To Expand Historic Facility

May 13, 2016  |  News, Walk the Walk

Contributor Joe Brin checks in at Morris Animal Refuge where big plans to modernize the 142-year-old shelter are currently in the works > more

Crisis Of Mass Incarceration The Subject Of New Exhibit At Eastern State Penitentiary

Crisis Of Mass Incarceration The Subject Of New Exhibit At Eastern State Penitentiary

May 2, 2016  |  News

Eastern State Penitentiary takes an innovative approach to contemporary prison issues and public education with their new exhibit, “Prisons Today: Questions in the Age of Mass Incarceration” > more

Reaction To 19th Street Baptist Demo Scare Points Up Changing Sensitivity At L&I

Reaction To 19th Street Baptist Demo Scare Points Up Changing Sensitivity At L&I

April 28, 2016  |  News

A demolition notice mistakenly placed on the doors of 19th Street Baptist Church in Point Breeze sent the preservation and planning community in hot pursuit of answers this week. Michael Bixler reports > more