Since becoming the Inquirer's architecture critic in 1999, Inga Saffron has been just as likely to turn her eye toward Philadelphia's waterfronts and sidewalks as to the latest glittering skyscraper. She is drawn to projects of all sizes and shapes, but especially those that form the backdrop of our daily lives.

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As more and more Philly rowhomes collapse, a culprit emerges | Inga Saffron

More density in old rowhouse neighborhoods adds to the pressure.

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Whatever you call the neighborhood around Philly’s new Rail Park, it needs improvement | Inga Saffron

The turf fight masks a real need in the evolving loft district north of Center City.

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The Edward Corner building’s journey from rags to real estate riches in Fishtown

The future looks good for one of the last architectural vestiges of Philadelphia's maritime history.

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A win for historic preservation, but at a cost to a West Philadelphia neighborhood | Inga Saffron

Once a developer utters the word "demolition," concessions follow.

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Can heritage retail like Hoa Binh Plaza withstand the tidal force of Philadelphia’s housing boom? | Inga Saffron

As much as Philadelphia needs to refresh and expand its housing stock, it also needs the jobs, culture, and social networks that independent heritage businesses like Washington Avenue’s Hoa Binh Plaza provide.

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An old firehouse, not tax breaks, brought this company to Camden | Inga Saffron

An international architecture firm is now the steward of a historic firehouse in the city's Cooper Grant neighborhood.

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Years in the making, a small hotel in Queen Village nears completion. And it is utterly South Street.

The forever project promises to give a boost to the struggling retail corridor on Philadelphia's South Street.

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Center City group has a stealth plan to avoid another Jewelers’ Row debacle | Inga Saffron

Philadelphia’s zoning code allows skyscrapers to be built on almost any Center City street.

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How did this curvy modernist building end up in North Philadelphia in the ’60s? | Inga Saffron

This Presbyterian church is unlike anything else in Philadelphia.

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New Camden tower is a monument to New Jersey corruption. Unfortunately, we have to look at it. | Inga Saffron

Built by and for political boss George Norcross, the new prison-striped tower is a metaphor for everything wrong with New Jersey’s economic development strategy.