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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Schuylkill Yards’ first project: Turning a parking lot into a park | Inga Saffron

The grounds are a nice place for a stroll, but a corporate mission clearly informed the design.

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With Philadelphia’s housing boom comes more stuff — and more self-storage locations | Inga Saffron

Those communal closets may help declutter your private living space, but they’re deadly for public space.

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Horses, architects, and drag queens: Handsome alley building was a home to them all | Inga Saffron

The house with three gables on Juniper Street had many lives.

Richard Tyler, 83, official Philadelphia historian who helped save Lit Bros. and Eastern State Penitentiary

Standing 6-foot-6 and rail thin, with a nimbus of fluffy white hair, he convinced the city's elected officials that historic preservation was a good idea.

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Is Philadelphia getting too crowded? City Council president wants fewer apartments and more parking. | Inga Saffron

A new bill from Council President Darrell Clarke could roll back the core tenets of Philadelphia’s new zoning code.

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Updating the Evening Bulletin building for Philadelphia’s new Schuylkill Yards innovation district

The renovation of the former Bulletin Building signals the start of a new mixed-use neighborhood around 30th Street Station.

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As construction starts at Schuylkill Yards, can Philadelphia learn from the mistakes of New York’s Hudson Yards?

Can a privately planned, funded, and built mega-development truly feel like a public place?

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From potholes to preservation, how has Mayor Kenney lived up to his original campaign promises?

Philadelphia's long construction boom has put extra pressure on the mayor to resolve daily quality-of-life issues.

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One of the last great corner drug stores thrives in North Philly | Inga Saffron

Having survived demographic change, social upheavals, deindustrialization, the 80-year-old independent drug store is now bracing for gentrification.