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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At Philadelphia’s last men’s suit company, loyalty keeps the business going

At 82, he stays in business for the sake of fewer than a dozen employees.

For a new Philly-trained nurse, upskilling changed her life

Community College of Philadelphia lured her back from New York with the promise of a brighter future.

Philly didn’t become America’s poorest big city by chance. Here’s how we fix it. | Inga Saffron

Almost every major problem Philadelphia faces, from gun violence to the opioid epidemic, has its roots in poverty. The only way out of that cycle is to create more good-paying jobs.


Why rejecting the Sixers’ arena is a grownup moment for Philadelphia | Inga Saffron

Philadelphia trusted the planning process, and it finally got the plan that Penn's Landing deserves.


Sixers eye more than a new arena along Philly’s Delaware waterfront | Inga Saffron

The Sixers are promising to bring thousands of apartments, a hotel, two museums, a dozen restaurants, a supermarket, a new public school — along with that 19,000-seat arena — to the waterfront.

The Sixers are targeting Penn’s Landing for a potential new basketball arena

The proposal is sure to spark intense debate, the latest in a long history of disputes over how to revitalize the Delaware River waterfront and where to put sports complexes in Philadelphia.


Thousands more apartments are being proposed in Philly. Who will live there? | Inga Saffron

Nevermind the pandemic and economic uncertainty, developers believe this is a good time to be building.

Shut down by the coronavirus, Philadelphia’s convention center prepares to reopen

The convention-industrial complex is desperately looking for ways to reopen big meeting venues.

Coronavirus intensifies the city vs. suburbs debate in Philly | Inga Saffron

While the pandemic has circumscribed our lives in many ways, it has also opened up new possibilities for new living situations. What does that mean for cities?


Let’s talk about the Philadelphia monuments we need to preserve | Inga Saffron

Tearing down offensive statues feels good, but it’s not enough.