Looking Ahead For Germantown High School Building

Looking Ahead For Germantown High School Building

April 22, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Advocates seek to preserve building’s legacy, an internationally focused seminar space approved for Penn’s campus, Ramsey lobbies for speed cameras on the Boulevard, and an update on the upcoming 40th Street Trolley portal project > more

With Ambitious Campus Plan, Temple Demands Attention

With Ambitious Campus Plan, Temple Demands Attention

April 21, 2014  |  Morning Blend

How the job-creator hopes to increase enrollment, correcting some design mistakes in Philly’s Vietnam War memorial, Project Home and Jon Bon Jovi team up to fight homelessness, and regional manufacturing on the rise > more

A Look Inside Gilded Age Parkside

A Look Inside Gilded Age Parkside

April 18, 2014  |  Morning Blend

A tour of a nearly intact Victorian mansion in West Philly, two civics explore the possibility of creating improvement districts, Stotesbury Gateway to be remade, and cleaning up Clark Park > more

New PWD Project To Teach Children Ecology & Technology

New PWD Project To Teach Children Ecology & Technology

April 17, 2014  |  Morning Blend

GreenSTEM systems to be installed in four schools, the inequality of urban pollution, jazz month in Philly, parklets being installed in West Philly, and terrible timing in closing Kensington store > more

PATCO Announces $7.5 System Upgrade

PATCO Announces $7.5 System Upgrade

April 16, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Clearer information and working escalators for PATCO, delays in UC student housing development, the William Penn Foundation’s new approach to safe watershed awareness, and what the Lower Northwest invented for the world > more

Advocacy Group To Urge Lawmakers To End “Lingering” Zoning Variances

Advocacy Group To Urge Lawmakers To End “Lingering” Zoning Variances

April 15, 2014  |  Morning Blend

CDAG to work towards “reasonable sunset provisions” on waterfront development proposals, the promise of the Mantua Promise Zone, Charles Willson Peale and the revolutionary museum imperative, SEPTA to test all-night subway service this summer, and cherries blossoming in Chestnut Hill > more

Tonight Over Philly: Lunar Eclipse vs Terrestrial Weather

Tonight Over Philly: Lunar Eclipse vs Terrestrial Weather

April 14, 2014  |  Buzz

A total lunar eclipse will happen in the southwestern sky around 3am tonight whether we can see it or not. In the event that the weather will cooperate, Brad Maule chatted with The Franklin Institute's Derrick Pitts about how best to view it > more

Ground Broken On Luxurious AQ Rittenhouse

Ground Broken On Luxurious AQ Rittenhouse

April 14, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Old YWCA annex makes way for 12-story luxury apartments in Center City, Feibush calls foul in latest Kenyatta Johnson move in Point Breeze, a lack of ambition at South Broad’s St. Rita’s Shrine, and how Gratz High turned itself around > more

Parishioners of “Manayunk’s Cathedral” Determined To Save Historic Church

Parishioners of “Manayunk’s Cathedral” Determined To Save Historic Church

April 11, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Committee formed to tackle St. John the Baptist’s challenges, high levels of lead detected in Philly soil, first hotel opens at the Navy Yard, and N3RD St signs being installed > more

“Glorified Billboards” & Dishonest Promises For Urban Development

“Glorified Billboards” & Dishonest Promises For Urban Development

April 10, 2014  |  Morning Blend

UEDs as gaudy and tired props, judge affirms previous 40th & Pine demolition decision, Drexel set to announce firms for upcoming development projects, and learn how to maintain your historic home > more

Throwbacks In The Sanctuary

Throwbacks In The Sanctuary

April 9, 2014  |  Buzz

Mitchell & Ness president Peter Capolino has built his life around the history and evolution of sports uniforms. This evening, the Fleisher Art Memorial hosts Capolino for a talk on the art and design of baseball uniforms > more

Suit Corner Ablaze In Old City

Suit Corner Ablaze In Old City

April 9, 2014  |  Buzz

With the Shirt Corner already gone, the future of the Suit Corner catty-corner from it appears to be in jeopardy too, after a two-alarm fire this morning > more

Train Derailment In Port Richmond

Train Derailment In Port Richmond

April 9, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Three train cars derail in the Northeast, what the East Falls Development Corporation knows now about façade improvements, a proposal for “urban experiential displays,” and ten years with Citizens Bank Park > more

SEPTA Petitions Washington To Help Stabilize Weather-Beaten Infrastructure

SEPTA Petitions Washington To Help Stabilize Weather-Beaten Infrastructure

April 8, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Agency wants $186.6 from Sandy relief funds, almost 300 “imminently dangerous” buildings actually owned by the City, proof that expensive preservation efforts are still worth it, and littering in the streets for the sake of parking in the streets > more

Significant Renovations Coming To Two Center City Apartment Complexes

Significant Renovations Coming To Two Center City Apartment Complexes

April 7, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Aimco to re-work Park Towne Place and the Sterling, phase 1 for viaduct work, renderings for Broad & South development, Sànchez for tax assistance, and delinquent Philly mapped > more

Transformation Fit For A Queen (Village)

Transformation Fit For A Queen (Village)

April 21, 2014  |  Walk the Walk

Sixteen years after the opening of Beau Monde, at Sixth and Bainbridge, the corner's evolution is near complete. Joe Brin has the story > more

Widdy Dialect: The

Widdy Dialect: The “Hoagie” Of Darts

April 17, 2014  |  Makin' It

Under the rumbling El and amidst the hustle and bustle at Kensington and Somerset, a distinctly Philadelphian brand of darts is made the same way it has been for over 100 years—by hand. Brad Maule throws a round with Widdy Darts > more

A Last Look at Second Baptist Church

A Last Look at Second Baptist Church

April 16, 2014  |  Last Light

The demolition of a former house of worship in Northern Liberties has provided a glimpse into the building's history > more

A Golden Glow For <em>The Inquirer's</em> Saffron

A Golden Glow For The Inquirer’s Saffron

April 15, 2014  |  News

Yesterday, the Pulitzer Prize board announced its 2014 winners. After 15 years with a watchful eye on Philadelphia's built environment, the Inquirer's Inga Saffron won journalism's highest award for criticism > more

An Evening Home For Wayward Sons

An Evening Home For Wayward Sons

April 14, 2014  |  The Shadow Knows

Unless you've intentionally walked down Center City's Van Pelt Street between Ludlow and Chestnut Streets, chances are you have, like us, passed by the 120-year-old building home of De La Salle in Towne. But where The Shadow lurks, there be stories, and this one has a long history of social well being > more

Pneumatic Philadelphia

Pneumatic Philadelphia

April 11, 2014  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

Harry K. gives us a look into Philadelphia's dabbling in pneumatic mail, a Victorian method of mail delivery that had as its chief promoter in Postmaster General John Wanamaker—yes, that Wanamaker > more

Windows Into An Artist Surge Near Temple

Windows Into An Artist Surge Near Temple

April 10, 2014  |  Vantage

At Ninth & Dauphin, the Window Factory maintains its industrial past while bridging the artistic present on the edge of Temple University's North Philadelphia dominion. Philly History Truck curator Erin Bernard looks into the challenges developers face in preserving and adapting old factory buildings in transitioning neighborhoods > more

Incident On Wissahickon White Trail, Or, An Open Letter To Dog People

Incident On Wissahickon White Trail, Or, An Open Letter To Dog People

April 10, 2014  |  Soapbox

While hiking alone yesterday in the Wissahickon, Brad Maule encountered two dogs running off-leash, and they didn't respond well to his trash grabbing apparatus > more

Transcendental Renovation

Transcendental Renovation

April 8, 2014  |  Vantage

In South Philly, where Pennsport blends into Whitman, a Cambodian Buddhist community blends into a fabric with Christian and Judaic roots. Michael Bixler has this essay of the Preah Buddah Rangsey Temple > more

Remembering the Downbeat: 1940s Progressive Philly Jazz Club

Remembering the Downbeat: 1940s Progressive Philly Jazz Club

April 7, 2014  |  Vantage

A show at the Society Hill Playhouse and a series of weekly happy hours at the Gershwin Y bring Dizzy Gillespie back into the spotlight. Jack McCarthy profiles Dizzy's years in Philadelphia and the Downbeat club that laid the foundations for his stardom > more

Fire The Latest Challenge At Fort Mifflin

Fire The Latest Challenge At Fort Mifflin

April 4, 2014  |  Vantage

Late last month a fire--and the water used to put it out--damaged the Officers' Quarters building at the ancient fort on the Delaware, a site of the 2013 Hidden City Festival. Peter Woodall went down to talk about the future of the site with Beth Beatty, the executive director of Fort Mifflin, assessing the damage amidst a long list of other critical capital projects > more

The Revolution, Stuck With Stern

The Revolution, Stuck With Stern

April 3, 2014  |  News

Taliban of Architecture be damned! The Philadelphia Art Commission has unanimously approved Robert A.M. Stern's "updated" design for the Museum of the American Revolution, paving the way for construction of its lackluster design > more

Ticonderoga To Toupees: Binder's Building On 13th Street

Ticonderoga To Toupees: Binder’s Building On 13th Street

April 2, 2014  |  Vantage

You can pass the Old Nelson Market and neighboring locksmith on 13th Street a hundred times and never notice it. But look up and see the pressed-tin sign advertising toupees, shampoo, and most noticeably, "ladies' and children's hairdressing." Molly Lester looks into the hairdresser Binder and finds an immigrant Civil War hero > more

Nouveau du Nord: A North Philly Nouveau Mashup

Nouveau du Nord: A North Philly Nouveau Mashup

March 31, 2014  |  The Shadow Knows

Leave it to The Shadow to find one of the city's few (and finest) Art Nouveau buildings: the former Mulligan Funeral Home, now Rome Emmanuel Baptist Church, on Lehigh Avenue in North Philadelphia > more

Boyd Ruling:

Boyd Ruling: “Clear Appearance of Bias”

March 28, 2014  |  Soapbox

The Historical Commission's hearing that led to its ruling March 14 to condemn the Boyd Theater were deeply flawed. Architect Katherine Dowdell wants the Commission to account for ignoring key findings, procedural problems, irrelevant evidence, and the "clear appearance of bias" > more