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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Philadelphia’s Delaware waterfront has moved beyond gas stations and big box stores. Why can’t Bart Blatstein? | Inga Saffron

Next week, the city's zoning board will consider whether the developer should be allowed to build a Super Wawa gas station on Columbus Boulevard in South Philadelphia.

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A Marriott on North Broad Street? That and a lot more planned for a ‘grossly neglected’ part of Philly

Can the city straighten out the intersection but keep the twists and turns that make it special?

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The architects of New York’s public library came to Philadelphia and built this amazing church | Inga Saffron

Inspired by one of the most ancient Christian basilicas, the Rotunda in West Philadelphia was built in 1911 for an upstart Christian sect.

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New York joins growing roster of cities that ban cars on crucial transit streets. Why not Philadelphia? | Inga Saffron

Still struggling with the myths surrounding the failed Chestnut Street Transitway, Philadelphia has been cautious about introducing changes to speed up its buses. But times are changing.

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As Toll Brothers starts work on Jewelers Row tower, merchants wonder what’s next | Inga Saffron

Can the historic street retain its essential character even as its businesses grow more diverse?

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How a modern public library ended up among Wynnefield’s stately stone homes

Fifty years later, the library is still bringing light and enlightenment into the neighborhood.

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Columbus Square’s modernist pavilion ‘Roundhouse’ deserves to be saved, no matter who designed it

Philadelphia’s Department of Parks and Recreation doesn’t get why this whimsical pavilion matters.

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‘People can’t believe they’re in Kensington’ when they see new health center in historic bank

Preserving a historic bank could be the first step to healing one of Philadelphia's most ravaged neighborhoods.

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Three decorative metal signs reveal the history of Philly’s Brewerytown neighborhood | Inga Saffron

For 19th century retailers and manufacturers, these big blaring signs were the equivalent of today's digital billboard.

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Two buildings demonstrate Philadelphia’s capacity to change — and change again | Inga Saffron

First save the building. Then worry about the design.